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23 May 2008
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Is PS3 Fan auto-clean test safe?

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I have read that the 40gb PS3 can perform a safe auto fan clean by pressing down the eject button, then switching on the power using the power button on the back. The PS3s fans then go crazy and any dust in the system is thrown out. Firstly is this process actually intended to get rid of dust (clean PS3 internally), also have sony released an official statement recognising this function, and how often is it safe to perform this function. Any sensible answers and thoughts welcome.

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I am not sure seing as I ave a 60gb (woot!) Its like it chokes it self and almost blows up so I wouldnt recommend unless told by sony tbh.

 

 

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CSelwood86 wrote:

I wouldn't recomend doing a Fan-Test.

 

I have heard that this is what Sony do when and if you send your unit in for repair, which would make sense.

 

And also there is no mention of it in any of the manuals or anything, I wont be doing the Fan-Test.

 

Just get the hoover pipe and run it along the vents, thats the best way. 


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That can diplace the chips and all that from there sockets 
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ok i bought a 40 gb ps3 then i got a new hard drive 640gb can i still do the fan test
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DaMexicandude wrote:
ok i bought a 40 gb ps3 then i got a new hard drive 640gb can i still do the fan test

 

Yes, the size of a mans storage has no bearing on his ability to test his fan.

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Yes, no matter whether you've got a tiny little thumb-drive or a monserous 1TB slab of storage it shouldn't stop the rest of your junk from working. Obviously girls will be more impressed if you have a larger storage medium, but that's just a fact of life.

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Hmm, question answered followed by dubious double entendre x 2.

 

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DaMexicandude wrote:
ok i bought a 40 gb ps3 then i got a new hard drive 640gb can i still do the fan test

 

Yes, the size of a mans storage has no bearing on his ability to test his fan.


The Process of holding the eject button on the unit, and then switiching the unit on on the back will start the fans, however this is designed to remove disks from the unit if there are any issues- an emergency eject procedure.

 

It will work on 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB models (but not on 60GB units or Slim units). Take a look at the Trapped disc procedure guide for more information.

 

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I wouldnt do it, it could reck the fan or something

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I wouldnt do it, it could reck the fan or something


It's a feature available to the 40GB, 80GB and 160GB PS3.

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Lol at 3 year bump, but yeah the fan test by holding the eject button is very safe to do...and is in fact beneficial to the system as it prevents dust build up.

 

The fan test for the 60gb by holding it upside down and clogging the vents is utterly RIDICULOUS who in their right mind would ever do that?? Or even think it about it? 

 

I have an 80gb and usually do a fan test every few months If i can remember and my ps3 is still going strong. Coming up to the 3 year mark soon though in August, and I've heard after 3 years your ps3 is basically a ticking time bomb and can YLOD anytime...haven't heard many instances of 80Gb dying though so I hope it will last quite a while

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Is it safe on the slims? I do it once a month and it makes less noise then
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"the fan test damages your ps3"...i cant believe people actually believe this.
blasting the fan for 10 seconds is going to do nothing more than kick up some loose dust ..thats about it . how is turning the fans on for 10 seconds going to hurt your ps3. its no different to doing it on any other machine ...a pc for example
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i would not recommend doing this!! take the ps3 a part carefully and clean if you self. i use play tv every day and deep clean my ps3 every 3 months. plus i use arctic silver 5 thermal paste on both CELL/RSX its the best you can get.. it cant be good for the fan really!! sounds to me like its being over loaded which will cut the life time of the fan and may also slow the fan rpm under normal use. as long as its blowing hot air out the back its doing it job..
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"overload the fan...:Lol:... what every next?

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ok it doesn't sound heathy let me put it like that. as for it removing dust thats funny :Lol:

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damn, i didn't even know it was capable of cleaning it's own fan!
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Ok, so people say the fan test can damage your ps3 and can overheat the system. So what if i do a fan test from cold start, it wouldn't overheat the ps3 in 10 seconds. I can't see doing a fan test damage your ps3 internally. I'm going to try it on my 80gig anyway lol

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it wouldnt be built into the system if it was going to do any damage
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