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  1. #1
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    Jul 2006
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    PS3 overheats when game/movie in use help?

    Hasn't arrived yet but was wanting ideas, i.e clogged fan, bad paste etc. Seller says whenever a disc is in after a few minutes it crashes and the fans speed up to maximum

    The seller used a extra store bought fan that was placed on back so wonder if that did something.

  2. #2
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    had this on one of my systems a few months back, replaced the thermal compound and cleaned out... same problem..

    then went deeper and replaced the thermal compound under both heatspreaders on the cpu & gpu, worked perfectly ever since. hope this gives you a bit of insight bud.

  3. #3
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    How did you get the heatpads off and what did you use to hold them down when putting them back on?

  4. #4
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    Jun 2010
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    ok, the heatspreaders are held down by an adhesive thermal compound, on the cpu heatspreader you need to get a razor blade and push it into the edges of the spreader, the gpu is much easier, use a heat gun, heat up the spreader for 30 - 40 seconds and prize/lift with a blade (if it doesnt come up with minimal force it isnt hot enough)

    i replaced the thermal compound with arctic silver mx4 only. didnt bother with the adhesive, was just carefull when refitting the sinks, (artic silver has a good sticky bond so spreaders stayed in place)

    youtube search ps3 cpu heatspreader removal etc, vids are always more informative

  5. #5
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    Ah, I have some mx-4 sitting here but it won't be enough to do the chips and heat pads so will try that.

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