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discobreakfast
31-10-2009, 02:13 PM
hey guys, just wanted some feedback on cooling my PS3 correctly.

My bedroom is the warmest room in the house and now with summer approaching I want to keep my PS3 nice and cool when my room turns into a sauna in summer.

I'm going to invest in a portable air con for my room soon but until then I have a little mini portable air con that sits right in front of the PS3's vent to keep it cool. I want to know if this is a bad thing?
I'm thinking maybe that the cold air pushing out of the air con is making the airflow go back into the PS3 so basically all the hot air the PS3 extracts is getting pushed back in by the air con or am I just being paranoid?

Thanks in advance!!

Locoevo
31-10-2009, 03:36 PM
the fan should far out way any heat that your ps3 puts off. i have 1 that i have on the ps3 and myself 2 and have never had overheating issues and thats with 12 hour gaming stints (missus went away for the weekend so porn and ps3 aplenty) and mine is an original ps3. my mate also has a ps3 fan which attaches to the front and is powered by a usb input. he's never had issues either. i live in penrith in sydney which is often the hottest part of the state for inner city. we get upto 46 degrees in the middle of summer

however i would like to hear what some of the guys in the know have to say about this.

JAI38
31-10-2009, 03:43 PM
I've got one of those usb cooling fans for the original ps3's... It was a drunken ebay purchase. I guess it does what its supposed to but I have read or been told that they are pointless anyway...

discobreakfast
31-10-2009, 04:06 PM
ah ok fair enough thanks guys. Yeah I have the original PS3 too, it fucked up on me once but that was the laser that died, apart from that it's been fine but want to look after it with summer coming and MW2 around the corner, there will be long sessions in the heat hehe.

My room is fucked, as soon as I walk out to the lounge room it's like heaven. Think I might invest in an air con for the room quicksmart

NosajEel
31-10-2009, 04:52 PM
Ive got the original PS3 and live a far north queensland never had any overheating dramas. I have just got a fan for it but only in the last month. As long as you have a lot of space around your ps3 and good airflow. eg sitting ontop of your cabinet not inside it you will have no dramas in running it for a marathon session

JAI38
31-10-2009, 05:44 PM
Ive got the original PS3 and live a far north queensland never had any overheating dramas. I have just got a fan for it but only in the last month. As long as you have a lot of space around your ps3 and good airflow. eg sitting ontop of your cabinet not inside it you will have no dramas in running it for a marathon session

And if it does fuck up like mine did (YLOD) u can sell it to Eb games for $150 even tho its fucked and wont even start. note. I did try to have it fixed but to no avail... and invest in a ps3 Slim. I love mine. twice the hard drive and I rekon its more quiet

Blair_Au
31-10-2009, 05:46 PM
well i dont even have a fan pointed towards it. my room is the coolest bedroom in the house though. but im still worried

discobreakfast
31-10-2009, 07:11 PM
sweet thanks boys for the reassurance

Miney
31-10-2009, 11:13 PM
You're being pedantic. The idea of the PS3's fan/cooling system is to cool the console and thus stopping it from overheating and causing damage. Hence, if the fans start being a little bit louder than normal and are working harder than normal, this is a good thing! It means they're doing their job and working hard to keep the system cool despite the temperature of the surrounding air.

Definitely get an air-con for your room for your own comfort though :)

discobreakfast
01-11-2009, 10:25 AM
yeah I need to cos when it starts to hit late 30s low 40s in summer my room will be like 50 degrees

Miney
01-11-2009, 11:28 AM
yeah I need to cos when it starts to hit late 30s low 40s in summer my room will be like 50 degrees

Yeah mine is the same mate. Only we have air-con throughout the house. But my room gets almost the full day sun which sucks hard when it comes to summer. For my PC, i just take the side of the cover off throughout summer just to make it that little bit easier to keep it cool. But i don't think that'll work for the PS3 :p

discobreakfast
01-11-2009, 03:28 PM
lol would be good to have something like that on it, take it off for summer

acriu55
01-11-2009, 04:13 PM
You're being pedantic. The idea of the PS3's fan/cooling system is to cool the console and thus stopping it from overheating and causing damage. Hence, if the fans start being a little bit louder than normal and are working harder than normal, this is a good thing! It means they're doing their job and working hard to keep the system cool despite the temperature of the surrounding air.

Definitely get an air-con for your room for your own comfort though :)


Not really. I have been doing alot of research on this in the last day as mine YLOD and have found that it is caused by overheating as the ps3 get hotter then the fans can handle and can cause the solder on the gpu to crack. In the last few weeks my ps3 would get really loud like the fans just couldnt cool it down then yesterday it just died. It is an issue with the ps3 but sony wont admit it. They just didnt know how hot it would get over extended periods of time when it was first released. apparently its all fixed though with the slims so ill soon find out.

btw my ps3 died on chapter 24 of of my crushing playthrough on uncharted 2. no platinum for me :( as soon as it died i was in my car on the way to buy a new one lol. had a slim purchased and set up with an hour of my YLOD

AStiffBreeze
01-11-2009, 04:30 PM
Not really. I have been doing alot of research on this in the last day as mine YLOD and have found that it is caused by overheating as the ps3 get hotter then the fans can handle and can cause the solder on the gpu to crack. In the last few weeks my ps3 would get really loud like the fans just couldnt cool it down then yesterday it just died. It is an issue with the ps3 but sony wont admit it. They just didnt know how hot it would get over extended periods of time when it was first released. apparently its all fixed though with the slims so ill soon find out.

btw my ps3 died on chapter 24 of of my crushing playthrough on uncharted 2. no platinum for me :( as soon as it died i was in my car on the way to buy a new one lol. had a slim purchased and set up with an hour of my YLOD
I'm sorry to hear that mate. :(

What model of PS3 was yours? It seems to be mostly the earliest revisions that have this issue. Do you know roughly when you bought yours?

acriu55
01-11-2009, 04:36 PM
40 gig model about november 07 i got it. It was showing the signs that it was on its way out but was to lazy to back up my saves grrr! I found a DIY YLOD fix on the net (http://playstationlifestyle.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2376) which will keep my hard drive intact and enable me to get my uncharted 2 disk back. So I'm gonna give that a whirl soon and HOPEFULLY get my save games back. And if the fix is succesful ill give it to my parents for chrissy as they want a blu ray [player and im too borke to buy them a present. win win situation lol

AStiffBreeze
01-11-2009, 05:08 PM
40 gig model about november 07 i got it. It was showing the signs that it was on its way out but was to lazy to back up my saves grrr! I found a DIY YLOD fix on the net (http://playstationlifestyle.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2376) which will keep my hard drive intact and enable me to get my uncharted 2 disk back. So I'm gonna give that a whirl soon and HOPEFULLY get my save games back. And if the fix is succesful ill give it to my parents for chrissy as they want a blu ray [player and im too borke to buy them a present. win win situation lol

Mine's the same model and roughly bought at the same time. Hmm.

Hope it works out for you, if you're after a repair you can also try Beetronix (http://www.beetronix.com.au/), I've heard good things about them.

YNWA01
01-11-2009, 05:11 PM
My PS3 was super loud for easily 12 months before I got the YLOD. Everytime I played on it it would start with fan noise. The refurbed model I have got has been fine so far. Not very hot here at the moment though, will be interesting to see how it handles 35c+ days when they finally arrive.

Miney
01-11-2009, 05:14 PM
Not really. I have been doing alot of research on this in the last day as mine YLOD and have found that it is caused by overheating as the ps3 get hotter then the fans can handle and can cause the solder on the gpu to crack. In the last few weeks my ps3 would get really loud like the fans just couldnt cool it down then yesterday it just died. It is an issue with the ps3 but sony wont admit it. They just didnt know how hot it would get over extended periods of time when it was first released. apparently its all fixed though with the slims so ill soon find out.

btw my ps3 died on chapter 24 of of my crushing playthrough on uncharted 2. no platinum for me :( as soon as it died i was in my car on the way to buy a new one lol. had a slim purchased and set up with an hour of my YLOD

Mmmm. But it is still a very rare occassion. Unfortunately you only hear about the bad things and PS3's fucking up, you never hear about the umpteen million customers who are happy with their purchase and have never experienced the YLOD. I'm not up to scratch with why exactly the YLOD is caused and obviously you are, but my point is that the fans turning on is a good thing. It means it is working to cool the system down. I wasn't saying that they were necessarily doing their job efficiently (which is what you are trying to say they are not), but i was more specifically saying that they are doing their job when they kick in.

Regardless, any cool air you can get in and around the console will be of benefit to it in the long run.


40 gig model about november 07 i got it. It was showing the signs that it was on its way out but was to lazy to back up my saves grrr! I found a DIY YLOD fix on the net (http://playstationlifestyle.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2376) which will keep my hard drive intact and enable me to get my uncharted 2 disk back. So I'm gonna give that a whirl soon and HOPEFULLY get my save games back. And if the fix is succesful ill give it to my parents for chrissy as they want a blu ray [player and im too borke to buy them a present. win win situation lol

That surprises me a little bit. I got my PS3 around the same time and have heard less bad things about the 40GB models than the release date PS3's and the 60GB and 80GB. I have heard they are wired a little differently and the PSU and fans in the 40GB are actually lower though. This could be a reason for it.

Did you ever use the fan cleaning feature on the 40GB model's where you power it on whilst holding the eject button? This gets off quite a bit of the dust, etc. from around the air intake and on the fans. It would no doubt help with the cooling of the system if it does what is it supposed to do (as mentioned above).

discobreakfast
01-11-2009, 08:43 PM
out of all my mates, only one of them has not had his PS3 fuck up yet....and I believe it is because of this....

he only uses his PS3 for games and blu-rays. He never plays DVDs or cds on it. He has a seperate dvd player for that.

His room is pretty warm and he plays it nearly everyday so it gets a good thrashing.

He also has had his PS3 since release day like mine except mine fucked up last year so I have a refurbed one now

CheekyChimpanzee
02-11-2009, 12:08 PM
40 gig model about november 07 i got it. It was showing the signs that it was on its way out but was to lazy to back up my saves grrr! I found a DIY YLOD fix on the net (http://playstationlifestyle.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2376) which will keep my hard drive intact and enable me to get my uncharted 2 disk back. So I'm gonna give that a whirl soon and HOPEFULLY get my save games back. And if the fix is succesful ill give it to my parents for chrissy as they want a blu ray [player and im too borke to buy them a present. win win situation lol

Hmm i'm on the same.

Been waiting for the YLOD. I figure it's just a matter of time and then I'll just get myself a Slim (after about 6 months of saving).

Sorry to hear that acriu!!


Disco, the only issue I'd consider by placing a portable aircon unit near the PS3 is if direct aircon to the machine will cause condensation when you turn the aircon off and the box goes back to normal (warm) temperatures.
Condensation wouldn't be cool inside the machine I'd wager.

I stand my unit on it's side... and every couple of months run the vax over the air holes on its most gentle setting. My housemate lies his down and never vacuums it and has replaced his twice. Maybe a coincidence.. I dunno.

NosajEel
02-11-2009, 02:04 PM
out of all my mates, only one of them has not had his PS3 fuck up yet....and I believe it is because of this....

he only uses his PS3 for games and blu-rays. He never plays DVDs or cds on it. He has a seperate dvd player for that.

His room is pretty warm and he plays it nearly everyday so it gets a good thrashing.

He also has had his PS3 since release day like mine except mine fucked up last year so I have a refurbed one now

I also only use mine for gaming and streaming so do 4 of my mates we all have original ps3's all laying on ther side and none of us have had YLOD touch wood....I think u just have to be lucky i guess

R3PLIKATE
02-11-2009, 07:31 PM
2 main things to remember mate.

Make sure your PS3 in a very nice open area; preferable well off the floor. This will allow plenty of air to reach it and plenty of room for it to blow it away.
And also make sure the vents are clean and dust free.

Thats all I do and my PS3 is fine.

discobreakfast
03-11-2009, 11:00 AM
thanks for the advice guys. I have mine sitting on it's side and there is plenty of room around it. My first PS3 stuffed up but it was the laser that died, I just know every summer is getting hotter and hotter and with MW2 coming out, it's going to be getting a good workout during summer