View Full Version : PS3 Maintanence

20-05-2008, 10:18 PM
Hey guys my dad Len369 would like to let u know how to clean your PS3 fans

All u do is

Turn off master power at the rear of playstation .
Hold your finger on the eject button .
While your finger is held on the eject button turn on master power switch.
Hold this until fan starts to turn and then let the fan blow all the shit out the vent shafts.
Wait till the red light starts to flash then turn off the master power again and restart.

We have both tested this and IT WORKS this will prevent fan from burning out due too dust build up.

Well enjoy guys
Oh yeah i think this only works on the 40 gb


20-05-2008, 10:36 PM
Woah you guys a re pro

20-05-2008, 10:39 PM
that sounds pretty techinical, will give it a go soon. *Sounds cool mate

20-05-2008, 10:41 PM
This is only for 40 gb models. Notjing happens with 60 gb ones...just beeps a lot.
Sony have no recommendation on this, but i have not found any problems by anyone doing it.
I would still only recommend it if your fan sounds louder than it was, or if your room is a dusty tip. No guarantees...
btw be prepared for your ps3 to sound like a 747 when you're doing this.

20-05-2008, 10:42 PM

20-05-2008, 10:46 PM
Cheers for the tip. I might give this a shot. I have a 40gig model and my room is pretty dusty. Im very paranoid bout my ps3 dying, ill do anything to prevent it from happening.

20-05-2008, 10:54 PM
People please be carefull and i dont advise that you do this if u are not sure as i will not be held accountable for any broken PS3's DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK

20-05-2008, 11:04 PM
Yeah lol, good idea putting in the clause tim. *Otherwise I would have sued your ass if mine broke lol :P *Do you actually see the dust blow at the back? how did your dad learn this knowledge? *Hope he wasnt just pressing buttons and stuff and fluked it? lol

21-05-2008, 02:18 AM
fuck had some major freezes tonight on COD4,i hope my PS3 doesn't die,i just lost my dog,i can't lose another member of the family :cry: I thought it was all bullshit about COD4 killing PS3's but damn i'm nervous now :(

21-05-2008, 07:27 AM
It is bullshit Smajs. It's just that more people are playing COD4 than anything else on thier PS3's. So, if it dies then people start to blame COD4.
btw I was asctually 'Folding@home' when mine died. Sorry, never doing that again!

21-05-2008, 09:32 AM
hey Tim good insight but where did you get the info on how to do this? Surely its not in the PS3 manual is it? :)

21-05-2008, 10:00 AM
No guys it was on a video on youtube apparently there have been no incidents of failure after doin this but just remember DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK and no it is not in any of the manuals. But it would have come from a technician i would imagine cause maintanence is something that earns sony more $ so why would they let everyone know how to do this i am guessing it has come from an insider that has leaked info but i cant be sure on this one.

21-05-2008, 10:04 AM
Here is the link for the YOUTUBE video.


21-05-2008, 12:08 PM
great find timmy!

I would like to try it, but am scared!!!

I wonder if this would have saved all those who have sent theirs back?!

21-05-2008, 12:44 PM
A mate has done it and it worked fine.

21-05-2008, 12:47 PM
i dont see how this works? the fan always spins, what makes it blow all the dust out this time?

21-05-2008, 02:17 PM
Yeah, again, well done Tim! We need more of this sort of post!
...and yeah could have helped mine i think; i'm certain it was an overheating problem.

@ Klazla. The spin of the fan is increased greatly...it blows out the dust (strangely attracted by the ionized air caused by the fan running to cool the unit in the 1st place).
As i said earlier it sounds like a 747 taking off...and don't do it for too long.

21-05-2008, 02:25 PM
yeah good call Tim, Sony would benefit from maintenance costs although I assume most people would spend the extra cash on getting warranty seeign as it is an expensive machine....

Id love to try it but im scared too LOL.

21-05-2008, 02:28 PM
I've seen it done...it works, but i'm not doing it myself...yet!

21-05-2008, 08:59 PM
Watch the vid link ive posted boys u will laugh at the funny chick doin it ( she sounds real enthusiastic about it) LOL

21-05-2008, 09:03 PM
Great new man will approach with caution

21-05-2008, 09:05 PM
Whatever you do, dont try and do some of the other ones on YouTube where they hold the PS3 upside down lol.

21-05-2008, 09:33 PM
@ ultrarigs yeah mate ive seen some of that freaky shit its supposed to be for the 60gb model what a joke

21-05-2008, 09:37 PM
The idiots think it does the PS3 no harm by turning it upside down and because it cleans the dust out. Oh lord! It basically chokes the PS3 and overheats it forcing the PS3 fan to power up to cool down which in turns blows the dust out! That's not safe lol.

23-05-2008, 12:41 PM
Yeah ive seen this one rigs LMFAO what a bunch of turds man im am so glad ive got the 40gb model anyway when u comin on COD4 next mate.

23-05-2008, 01:04 PM
Yeah ive seen this one rigs LMFAO what a bunch of turds man im am so glad ive got the 40gb model anyway when u comin on COD4 next mate.

Hopefully tonight if the guys to install my broadband rock up! They are an hour late.

23-05-2008, 05:20 PM

23-05-2008, 07:13 PM
Argh! The guy came, started installing, antenna etc is all basically set up at the top. Around 4 he said he had to go to another customer to fix a problem. Should be 10-20 mins. 2 hours later I get a call saying he's just finished and will come tomorrow at 10!!

Argh! :x

23-05-2008, 07:32 PM
OMG ULTRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23-05-2008, 07:37 PM
what a fukn coitious maximus :evil:

23-05-2008, 09:09 PM
You're kidding me riggsy? Doesn't the pr*ck know important this is.

23-05-2008, 09:48 PM
Ok people with 60gs found out how to clean ur PS3
1st turn it of until red light is showing
2nd turn upside
3rd turn on until menu comes up wait around 30 sec it will start blowing REALLY loud !

heres were i found \

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcHJzhzU ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcHJzhzUCYk&feature=related)
I did and it worked but personaly i like using Vacum it works really good !

23-05-2008, 10:10 PM

Read previous posts!

That shouldn't be done, you are purposly overheating your PS3!!

24-05-2008, 08:52 AM
I did tell him....
Watch the vid...would you trust him with your ps3...or anything really?

24-05-2008, 10:15 AM
id doesnt overheat !
it only says its overheating because of how fast the fan is blowing!

24-05-2008, 10:17 AM
Campyy, if this was a way to clean your PS3 it would be in the guide!

What's happening is you are actually choking the your PS3 literally as it's struggling to clear the air, and it forces your fan to power up to literally try and save itself. The overheating message isn't their for fun, it IS overheating your PS3. :P

24-05-2008, 10:21 AM
Noises like that should only be made by jet engine airplanes, and definitely not PS3s. I soooo wouldn't be taking chances like that with my precious... a quick vac and dust should be sufficient!

24-05-2008, 10:24 AM
yeh i didnt do it long enough for it to come up with wwarning *:P *fewf
Yeh YN i Vac mine heaps! :P

24-05-2008, 10:27 AM
Don't blow it up Campyy. GFS needs you dude!

24-05-2008, 10:34 AM
how does one vaac one's ps3?
I don't imagine it would do much?!
I could think of other places the vaac comes in handy, but didn't think it would get mucho dusto outo... am I wrong?

24-05-2008, 10:50 AM
Basically if you don't keep your PS3 in a place too enclosed and keep it in good condition and not in a dusty environment then it should be okay anyway. The vacuum method is actually in the guide as the recommended way by Sony to clean the PS3.

24-05-2008, 11:10 AM
i just vacum all the holes lul ! where dust bulds up :wink:

24-05-2008, 11:17 AM
ok, might give mine a suck later on then *:wink:

24-05-2008, 12:48 PM
You're kidding me riggsy? Doesn't the pr*ck know important this is.

This is ridiculous, I thought only Telstra were this bad. 2 hours i've been waiting, woke up at 9.30 am for him and he still hasn't shown up. Now he calls me and apologizes for running extremelly late and can he come at 3pm.

For fuck sake, I should of been connected 24 hours ago. This guy has totally ruined my weekend! I have to go out tonight too and I wanted to play all last night and today to get some out of my system. Now when I go out all I will be able to think about is coming home to play COD4. :lol:

Not a happy camper. :x

24-05-2008, 01:28 PM
mate, you need a hug... even I am pissed off about this now!

24-05-2008, 04:19 PM
LOL Kobes. This guy is pushing it he really is. Now he's almost an hour late for 3 pm time. If he rings and says he can't make it and has to come Monday then i'm going to complain to the company.

What the heck is he doing i'd like to know? He started this yesterday and he shouldn't of left until the job was done.

24-05-2008, 05:37 PM
IM A HAPPY CAMPER :lol: *:lol:
but i feel sorry for you, i know how it feels, craving COD4 badly *:P
Did he end up showing, or are you still sitting home waiting *:?: *:roll:

24-05-2008, 05:44 PM
Well riggsy, it's gone 5pm (his knock off time i bet). Did he come back?

24-05-2008, 06:53 PM
Almost installed now but I have to go out in an hour. Booooo! :P

09-06-2008, 07:32 PM
Cleaning My PS3 60gb.

As you know the 60gb doesn't have Fan Test Method so I go for the old method.

Materials Needed.
Vacuum Cleaner
ArmorAll Glass Wipes
Scratch Free Cloth

Turn off the master switch on the back of the PS3 and unplug everything from it. Then move the PS3 to a work table (I put a Towel on my work bench to make sure no more dust is added) and sit the PS3 Horizontally. Get your Vacuum cleaner and vacuum all the vents on the PS3 (I have my Vacuum on its highest setting). Once that is all done I grab an ArmorAll glass wipe (When playing COD I prefer my PS3 to have some form of Armor so it doesn't get hurt) and wipe down the PS3 with it, I start with the *part with the silver "Playstation 3" written on it just so that if there an any excess cleaner on the cloth it won't fall into a vent. Do the console in sections so if with the PS3 laying horizontal I would wipe down the top and then once the top has been wiped down with the ArmorAll I would then buff the surface with the Scratch free cloth to remove any excess cleaner. You maybe find some finger prints and other build up still on the surface after the first wipe down, Just go over it again with the ArmorAll glass cleaner until it is gone and then buff with the scratch free cloth. *Repeat until the whole console is clean.

Now *once it is clean you run into the problem of moving it back to its location with out getting more finger prints on it, To do this (my console lives vertically) I get my scratch free cloth and put it over the top of the console (where the top would be if it was vertical) and let it hang over the sides for my fingers to grip to. Now I am not too worried if the bottom is clean (where the Hard Drive is) because it won't seen so I just use my other hand underneath so I have a good grip on the top and bottom.

You should now have a clean console that you can plug back in and enjoy.

18-10-2008, 12:42 PM
my ps3 is only four months old and still new so i will give it a go, I've got extended warranty......................i will let you know

18-10-2008, 01:04 PM
Us 40GB PS3 Users can use the Fan Cleaning thing that works only on 40GB Models.

Turn off your PS3 from the back and then hold the eject button and turn it on from the back. That powers up the fans and gets rid of all the excess dust, etc.

18-10-2008, 02:23 PM
Since it got warmer over here this week my PS3 is going into fan overdrive (sounds like a jet engine taking off - LOL) a lot when I'm playing COD. Might not help its now right next to my SONY LCD which emits a fair bit of heat too. Bloody annoying as its pretty loud, and I'm pretty sure its not doing my lean mean black machine much good either!!! Will try the fan clean today tho. Good post Miner, didn't know that.

18-10-2008, 06:34 PM
Cheers mate. Have to redeem myself as a 'Spammer' somehow.

Let me know how you go *:supz:

18-10-2008, 07:01 PM
If its over heating it might be a cood idea to increase air movement to the ps3's fan with a *pedistool fail :)

18-10-2008, 07:21 PM
I doubt it would've overheated. After all, the fans turning themselves up automatically is a good thing. It is telling you that they are doing their job; stopping the console from overheating. Once your console shuts itself down randomly and the fans have been going, then it has overheated. But until then, i don't think you'll have to worry.

18-10-2008, 07:31 PM
I never knew I had so many "fans". BWAHAHAHAHAHHA. I hear ya' both - but no harm in trying to keep the machine cooler I reckon. Only been happening due to heat after all, and its gonna get a lot fkn hotter before the summer's through, fo'sho.

18-10-2008, 11:41 PM
Buy air con??

18-10-2008, 11:43 PM
Got air con.

19-10-2008, 08:41 AM
Well guys and gals i did it. the PS3 revved its arse off, I could'nt work out if if changes the direction of the fan or not otherwise what is the point, i have a air compressor in the shed that would blow all the crap out. the problem is to blow out you have to be inside, or you just blow more crap in.

I did that with my ps2 and then it would not work, some crap got into the gear that ejects the disc, i fixed it but my hands mostly work with big lumps of steel not little plastic electrical things.

19-10-2008, 08:43 AM
why do two v's look a w, vv oop's it might be a w

19-10-2008, 09:21 AM
You've lost me...

19-10-2008, 09:32 AM
He's saying that when you put two v's together it looks like a w...

v + v = vv
w + nothing = w

19-10-2008, 10:06 AM
Thanks Miney. LOL. Er, WTF?

Anyhow, back on topic.

I noticed something else last night. My PS3 goes into 'jet fan' mode when I host!!! Have been doing it loads since the drop out issue kicked off so that I stay in the lobby, and low an behold after hosting a couple of games the fan kicks off. Started when we got onto Bog Dom last night and then didn't stop for any of the subsequent maps. So my equation of the situation looks like this...

Raised air temperature + LCD TV heat + IW / Demonppl fk up of COD server connection + YN hosting loads = Fan power noise X 10
Hmmmmmmmm. * :axe:

19-10-2008, 10:54 AM
LMAO. Hahahaha.

I think the biggest thing there is the COD4 fuck-up. If your PS3 fucks up, blame it on them and sue or something. *:supz: Lol.

Did you do that fan cleaning thing?

19-10-2008, 11:06 AM
Not yet, but its on today's to do list.... along with mulching the flower beds, ironing my work shirts and shaving. I have such an awesomely exciting life.

19-10-2008, 12:09 PM
Thanks Miney. LOL. Er, WTF?

Anyhow, back on topic.

I noticed something else last night. My PS3 goes into 'jet fan' mode when I host!!! Have been doing it loads since the drop out issue kicked off so that I stay in the lobby, and low an behold after hosting a couple of games the fan kicks off. Started when we got onto Bog Dom last night and then didn't stop for any of the subsequent maps. So my equation of the situation looks like this...

Raised air temperature + LCD TV heat + IW / Demonppl fk up of COD server connection + YN hosting loads = Fan power noise X 10
Hmmmmmmmm. * :axe:

IMO put your ps3 on the floor that should give plenty of airmovement from the fan and all the hot air will rise away from it to keep it cool.....

19-10-2008, 12:13 PM
Will give it a go as well H2.