The fan on my PS3 has stopped working, and after only a few minutes of playing, I get a message that the system is overheating and it shuts down. What should I do? My warranty is no longer in affect.
a good hoover and a can of compressed air MIGHT do the trick - but it isn't guaranteed
You COULD try taking it apart to give it a good clean, but this will involve removing the warranty sticker (which may or may not affect what you are then able to do with it afterwards)
definitely try the compressed air / hoover method first though
Would the power supply possibly be the reason it isn't working, or if it was the reason would it not even play games then? Is it definitely the fan that is the problem?
The fan could be dead. In which case, no amount of cleaning will help
Or it could 'just' be clogged with dust - in which case the air / hoover MAY help
PS3s DO get hot.
The PSU heats up.
The GPU heats up.
The CPU heats up.
Even the blu-ray drive and HDD all create heat.
There are a number of things in place to help cool it back down (thermal paste for example), but the biggest 'help' to keep things running cool are the fans
If they stop, for whatever reason, then the PS3 will heat up and heat up and heat up - until it gets too hot and shuts down with the message you are getting
If the PSU was completely dead, the PS3 wouldn't turn on
But if I were you, I'd be getting the air / hoover as soon as possible, and not turning your PS3 back on until you have used them
Running that hot will not be doing the rest of the components any good
Shouldn't be doing any harm either (that is what the auto shut down is there to prevent), but the key word is "shouldn't"...
If the vacuum/air dont work......just as a suggestion...dont they sell a usb powered clip on set of fans for ps3????
Dont know much about it but have seen em somewhere and guess they should cool the system getting you going again??
Top of my head price was about 17 quid if thats not too expensive..
I have no personal experience of them myself - but ultimately they are pulling power from the USB, which means the PSU is working that bit harder...
pure speculation, but personally I've avoided them