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I didn't have a problem doing it.
I got my old PS3 box and placed the PS3 in it. I used the hair dryer on the silver part at the back of the machine.
I held it about 3 inches away from the machine for 20-30 minutes. Then leave it for another 30-60 minutes to cool my a windo or a fan. Then plug the machine back in and it should work. If it doesn't it a possible overheating may not have been the problem.
cheers lucreto, will increase time to 30 mins. Think is is overheating as the fan kicks-in before it shuts down which indicates power supply is ok.
starting to think this might be something else now, had 4 attempts at hair dryer with no joy.
am i right in thinking that if the fan spins on turn on then it isnt the power supply problem?
i'll try rapid cooling next - did you have unsuccessful attempts before?
am prepared to accept save is lost but really can't be bothered to start game from scratch, put some serious hours in.
note to self - backup saves in futture!
I tried the hairdryer fix on my original 60GB, it didn't work the first time I did, the second time I tried it the case melted and warped :Lol:
It did fix it long enough to deactivate my account, transfer saves etc though.
rapid cooling didnt work, looks like it is well and truly dead.
got to weigh up if I can be bothered to start GT5 again
I cooked my 80gb PS3 mobo in the oven after it died completely, I stripped it and did 10 minutes at gas mark 4, I placed it in a glass bowl took off all the parts that I could that might melt, then let it cool for 30 minutes, re applied thermal compound, cleaned all the dust, reassembled and it worked long enough for me to do a complete transfer to my slim, I think it is still working but I use the HDD as a spare for backups now. Obviously this is only if the warranty is over. There are walkthroughs on youtube to dismantle PS3's, hope this helps
There's a really good tips page on using the hairdryer method, link here
Put in cardboard box upside down. Do it for 20 mins. Need a heat gun though to be honest. I did it for 15 mins with heat gun and it worked.
keep it plugged in and hold the hair dryer blasting in the back of the console, keep it moving up and down gradually and have a second person keep pressing the power button. eventually the fan will kick into overdrive and the system will start up and then you just do whatever you need to do. worked for me but i spent £50 to get it fixed by someone and he said that using the hairdryer litteraly fried everything inside (case didn't warp or melt tho)!! So use with caution.
I've fixed dozens of PS3's using a heat gun and thermal paste. I decided to stop my mini business when the resale value became too low.
To cut a long story short I fixed one for a mate with just a hairdryer after selling my heat gun. Blast all the chips and processors 10mins each side. Don't worry about heating it too much with a hairdryer just watch out for the hairdryer's self cutout kicking in. Give a good ten minutes either side.
cheers guys but reached the inevitable that its dead and gotta start gt again. argos picked up my fat and replaced with a slim
moral is backup yr saves
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