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Hi guys. I have a 80GB PS3 which I bought bundled with MGS4.
After the update to 3.56 my playstation would not start at all.

It would freeze at the ps3 welcome logo, but the sound continued working.
I put the (FAT PS3) HD into the ps3 slim, formated, and updated it to 3.60 using a usb drive.

However, after putting it back into the fat ps, same problem.

So i took it to my 1080p tv in the basement.. started it in service mode and it started. Made resolution to 1080p. Now I am able to access the menu and netflix works like a charm.

However... Its impossible to play any games due to the insaine amount of artifacts. Fat playstation is no longer under warranty. I'd hate to have to send this off then pay a big chunk of cash to get it fixed.

I can use the slim for gaming no problem, but I would really like to troubleshoot and fix this.. if possible.

EDIT: First TV resolution that would not let it start was 1080i
Also, i've emptied a whole can of air in just about every hole it has.

Could it be an overheating issue?

here is video.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze2S6IxlXvA[/ame]
Edited by sovietr4mbo - 3/18/11 at 10:23pm
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It might be overheating.If you can try the towel trick.last option would be to bake
the mobo/gpu but that *might* not be such a swell idea
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What exactly is the towel trick?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sovietr4mbo;12786728 
What exactly is the towel trick?

I really whouldn't.

if it's out of warranty, try taking off the top cover, or take a side off for more airflow.

I would run it naked on a cardboard box if it happened to me, but i like to do crazy stuff.
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I really whouldn't.

if it's out of warranty, try taking off the top cover, or take a side off for more airflow.

I would run it naked on a cardboard box if it happened to me, but i like to do crazy stuff.

At this point I'm willing to try anything.

I used a bright LED flashlight to look into the heatsink vents, they they all appear to be clean. When i used a whole can of air on it.. not much dust came out it.

I will try your suggestion after seeing a few more.
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I would probably narrow it down to which of the hardware is faulty, keeping that in mind:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/build-pc/4263321
Put linux on it that way u can test 2 different ISO's. Confirm the problem and then either take it to a Repair Shop, or replace the parts yourself.
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Towel trick is trying to replicate the reflow, without doing any hard/complicated work. It is trying to heat the PS3 up to a high enough temp so that the solders on the CPU/GPU remelt into proper contact with the motherboard. Another way to do it is via baking it - but the best way to do is to use reflux and a heatgun. Also if your power supply is the APS 226 - change it to the APS 231. These generate a lot less heat.
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Originally Posted by friendlyarrows;12786818 
I would probably narrow it down to which of the hardware is faulty, keeping that in mind:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/build-pc/4263321
Put linux on it that way u can test 2 different ISO's. Confirm the problem and then either take it to a Repair Shop, or replace the parts yourself.

In about 30 minutes, I will disassemble to see if there is a dust clog and try running it naked like the guy above suggested.

If it is faulty hardware, replacing the GPU would mean replacing the whole MB.. correct me if i'm wrong.
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Originally Posted by goldboy;12786839 
Towel trick is trying to replicate the reflow, without doing any hard/complicated work. It is trying to heat the PS3 up to a high enough temp so that the solders on the CPU/GPU remelt into proper contact with the motherboard. Another way to do it is via baking it - but the best way to do is to use reflux and a heatgun. Also if your power supply is the APS 226 - change it to the APS 231. These generate a lot less heat.

That sounds scary as ****. That would be what I'll try after everything else fails and i do decide to replace the motherboard.
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post #10 of 39
Also make sure your fan is spinning properly. Some ps3s are known to have poor temp sensors - and thus there fan never really 'kicks in' There is another complicated fan 'mod' out there to physically control the speed of the fan.

In the meantime throw on a NYKO intercooler - but if you can't find this, any cheap USB - 4 fan $8 cooler will keep it around 5 degrees cooler
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