The Red Shadow wrote:As for cleaning the console, is it easy to open the shell up? I'm not normally good with that stuff unless its really simple. I might just take the vacuum to the ventilation openings if that won't cause static issues.
If it is because of dust, then simply vacuuming the vents should help. Not as much as opening it up and giving it a deep clean, but it should still help. As for how easy it is to open up - speaking only
for the original PS3 Slim - it's not too bad. There's plenty of screws, bits and bobs to keep track of. Depends how far you want to strip it down. I used to basically just get the top off, and get the main heat shield/whatever it is off, then do my deep clean from there.
You can strip it down further if you want, but going beyond that point means taking apart the Blu-ray drive etc and getting down to the main PCB. Couldn't be bothered with that, personally. I think I went far enough. So long as you can get all the crap out of the cavities and most-importantly liberate that huge CPU fan of any dust/debris it may be clogged with, that's all you really need.
I don't know, but I can only assume that stripping down a PS3 fatty would be more complicated than mine, and a Super Slim would be less complicated. Kind of stands to reason that it would be that way. On my one, you started by undoing the screws on the underside of the machine, then when they're out you can get the top off and go from there.
In addition to relieving your PS3 of heat-related issues, you also tend to get a reduction in the amount of noise your PS3 makes. The first time I did it, it was simply to make the console quieter. I'd had it nearly two years at this point, and on some games you could really hear the CPU fan spinning up and getting ridiculously-loud. After the first strip-down and clean, it sounded pretty much as quiet as when I first got it.
Your mileage may vary depending on 1) your model of PS3, and 2) if dust actually is your problem. I'm guessing it isn't, and if it was - you're past the point of no return. Sounds to me like something on your PCB after rendering, but before actual output, has come away from the board. I say this because you say your games and stuff 'work', you just can't see it? This could be due to heat (in turn worsened/caused by dust buildup), or maybe someone in your house handled your console with too much force. Maybe they twisted it and the housing for the HDMI output twisted, pulling something away from the board inside?
I don't know. My PS3 Slim was pretty rugged. Sure I stripped it own and cleaned it a few ties in four years, but other than that it was an absolute trooper. Took it all kinds of places! In the end it was scratched beyond recognition and only had one foot left - but it still worked
. Maybe you have a PS3 Super Slim, and your problem is that they're made very cheaply. I really don't like the Super Slims, lol.