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Does anyone know the proper method of applying thermal paste to a PS3 slim's CPU?

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Okay, so my friend tried reapplying the thermal paste because his PS3 kept freezing every two minutes. So he thought it was a cooling issue so he reapplied the thermal paste. Yeah he said after he reapplied thermal paste the PS3 was freezing every 30 to 60 minutes but now its freezing every couple minutes.

However, he did a bang up job of it because he said he put more paste than needed (which is probably reducing heat transfer efficiency) and because he used a piece of cardboard to spread the thermal paste out (which you aren't supposed to do obviously) and he used hydrogen peroxide to clean off the old thermal paste from the CPU and heatsink instead of 90% isopropyl alcohol. Also he has a lot of screws (maybe around 7-10) not in the PS3 and he doesn't know where they go.

I know how to apply thermal paste to a PC's CPU but I don't know about a PS3 slim's CPU. Are there any specific guides on it or is it like applying thermal paste to a PC's CPU.
Edited by CannedBullets - 5/25/13 at 9:21pm
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as long as it isn't electrically conductive I wouldn't treat TIM any different than any other pc or playstation or Xbox console
But I know one thing for sure do not get your friend to do this for you 7 odd screws left over thinking.gif
but if freezing the cpu is already damaged beyond repair.
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as long as it isn't electrically conductive I wouldn't treat TIM any different than any other pc or playstation or Xbox console
But I know one thing for sure do not get your friend to do this for you 7 odd screws left over thinking.gif
but if freezing the cpu is already damaged beyond repair.

So you're saying I shouldn't let him apply the thermal paste and that I should? What makes you think the CPU might be damaged beyond repair? Yeah I told him he should have called Sony but apparently his PS3 was already out of warranty or something.
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any one who leaves out parts especially more than a couple of srews I wouldn't let them touch my anything
I couldn't 100% sure BUT if to stop the cpu crashing by requiring TIM to be replaced to stop it overheating means that the damage has already been done and in my experience with GPUs you are only prolonging the inevitable Death of any chip.
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If the CPU was damaged it wouldn't boot at all so I suggest just getting some new thermal pads put a little bit of paste on there and boot it up

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Ok degraded to be absolutely correct
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your "friend" makes me loose faith in humanity.

I am not by any means an expert with consoles, but they are basically computers, to an extent. doing it the same way should be fine. but keep in mind, that just thermal paste is like cough medicine for a cold, it only cures a symptom not the cause. It is probably not heat related and if it is, maybe check that the fans work and it is not dirty / has room around the system for air to flow. I know mine can get pretty hot when left on for a few days. so make sure you don leave it on when not needed.

If i can remember correctly a long time ago I read / heard about the fact the amount of heat would cause some wires or connections to become de-soldered because of the solder they use, not sure if that was an Xbox thing or PS3.

best bet, buy a new one. next best. search for Console communities, once that are more for people on console they will have a higher number of people with that kind of knowledge. also maybe try some modding communities, as they will have people that know the actual inner workings of the consoles.
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