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Topic: Help...........Blinking red death....... 40gb PS3 Fat.

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anders

Hi All.
Firstly i am new to the forum and also a bit of a tech novice so please bare with me if i am not making to much sense.
I was Playing Gran turismo 5 on my PS3 the other day and the fan went off like a helicopter, within a minute or two the the screen went blank and the PS3 shut down. this was the first time that the ps3 has cut out on me and will now not turn back on, When i try to turn the ps3 on the power light goes green and the machine tries to start up but after about 2 seconds the light goes light green and then turns flashing red and beeps, the flash continues until i press the power button again. I understand from what i have read that this could be an over heating issue so i have opened the machine and cleaned it of dust, cleaned and replaced the thermal paste and even bought a new hard drive to try but none of this has made any difference.

I would be grateful of any help you guys maybe able to offer in terms of solutions or is the PS3 now fried and ready for the grave yard?

many thanks
Anders

anders

Vincent294

You might have luck with the washer trick, which you can look up. It may last a day, months, or years, it's not consistent. Resoldering the CPU and GPU proper is difficult, needs equipment, and doesn't always work. My Mate Vince has YouTube videos on PS3 repairs. I would try the washer trick, or write it off as dead if you don't have a heat gun and solder flux (and tolerance for fumes that are probably toxic). You might find a PS3 motherboard on eBay, I don't know if Sony marries the disk drive to the motherboard like Xbox so that may or may be something you can swap. iFixit has a guide so I think you can swap it.

Vincent294

anders

Thanks Vincent294,
I will take a look, would you have a link to your mates video by any chance?
Failing this I may have to write it off as dead.

anders

Vincent294

My Mate Vince is the name of the YouTube channel, the name is a joke to imply anyone who mentions him knows him personally. He does more advanced repairs than the washer trick, soldering with a soldering iron and heat gun. If you want the washer trick, there are many guides for it, most are for the Xbox 360. The idea is you remove the heatsink, as shown by iFixit, and reattach it with metal washers under the screws. If you don't have the screwdrivers to open your PS3 and metal washers that fit, you can't do it. The washer trick is janky and isn't fixing the problem, which is that the solder joints under the CPU/GPU are broken, it just sandwiches them harder. It does not always work and it often does not last long. The washer trick also may not work because it may not actually be a CPU/GPU problem, so I do not advise trying unless you think it's worth the attempt. It could be something else entirely, but it's a likely thing.

Vincent294

Unlucky13

Good luck! This is how mine died ten years ago. Sony refused to fix it because they had replaced it with the new model that didn't play PS2 games. It wasn't a matter of cost, they just wouldn't repair it.

Unlucky13

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