8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 13, 2019 7:43 AM by colporteur

    My PS3 Under the knife

    outoforder

      So I'm trying and learning about everything I can that is electrical. My soldering is coming around now. Lol Anyways, I like what I have so I want to keep it.

       

      One day, gettin my ass kicked in BF3 I run to the restroom. 20 minutes later, I noticed my TV showed No Signal. Didnt think anything of it. Glanced at the console and My PS3 blacked out, no lights, nothing. I flipped the switch in the back. I moved the power supply chord di different outlets, I tried Back up power supply chords. NOTHING! Watched numerous videos on YouTube and decided "blow it out" hope for the best. One video mentioned and briefly demonstrated Thermal Paste. Never heard of it. Noticed where it was applied in the video compared to my disassembled PS3 that there was no thermal paste.

       

      Long story short, where can I get some paste, which is best, and how should I apply it to my PS3? Again I know nothing about this stuff.

       

      Update:(PS3 FAT)

      Completely disassembled PS3, OMG the dust inside! And I regularly and routinely blow it out but never disassembled it. Blew every crack and crevice, up and under. Reassembled, plugged it in...... Nothing... for about 5 seconds.

      Green light shines, regularly scheduled re-boot... shut-down! SHE LIVES!!! tehehe

        • Re: My PS3 Under the knife
          gam3t3ch

          If you removed the fan and there was very little thermal paste on the cpu and gpu chips there I would suggest getting that on there soon then later.  some I use arctic mx-4 myself works like a charm

          Tons of videos on ylod repair or similar issues with it. which would show you how to do it think I have done a few videos on it myself.

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            • Re: My PS3 Under the knife
              outoforder

              Hey Thanks man!

               

              Yea I remember the chips... ok, they did have something on them but it wasnt paste. Is that the only place?  Do you have a link to yours or other videos?  I'Lll look on you tube.

               

              Thanksman

              Shrek

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                  msebok

                  if its anything like my laptop the paste was very crumbly very dried up and had to be (CAREFULLY) scraped off. I ended up using a gift card and rubbing alcohol to get it off.

                   

                  amazon is your friend. the arctic mx4 is good stuff. I think I paid $10 Canadian to my door. Laptop would not turn on prior to the paste, now it runs like new.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYwHB2P6GmM

                   

                  the paste will be under any heat sink on any and all chips that are connected to the heat sink. Just remember a little goes a long way!

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              • Re: My PS3 Under the knife
                colporteur

                Thermal paste (i.e. heat sinking compound), if I recall my thermodynamics course from 38 years ago, is designed to bridge the gap between the component and the heat sink, to improve heat transfer.

                 

                A component is physically connected to the heat sink to increase its ability to transfer heat away from the component to the air through the heat sink. The heat sink increases the surface area of the component. The gap between the component and the heat sink reduces the heat transfer capability. The application of a heat sinking compound between the component and the heat sink, fills the gap and makes heat transfer more efficient.

                 

                It has been my experience people apply way to much compound. You only need small amount to cover the surface. Applying a quantity that causes it to squirt out the sides is way to much. Try to cover the component surface in contact with the heat sink. Think of how big the gap is, you are trying to fill. You don't need much.

                 

                I can't recommend a product. The current jar I purchased must be 25 years old. I see now you can buy small one use packets. At one point they came out with strips you applied. Never thought much of those but they appeared to work. I hope this helps.

                 

                Sean

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                • Re: My PS3 Under the knife
                  outoforder

                  So it's been about a week since the post. 2 of 3 people suggest artic mx4, so since I know next to nothing and the articles I've read do not talk down on arctic mx4... that's what I'll order. I say order because no store near me sells thermal paste. Or has it in-stock.

                    • Re: My PS3 Under the knife
                      msebok

                      I had to order mine online too. Staples here in town could order it but the amazon was quicker.

                       

                      And remember less is more.

                      • Re: My PS3 Under the knife
                        colporteur

                        Glad my knowledge was transferable. I find many times when a question is asked, the respondent assumes the person has knowledge of the topic. I figured I would change that paradigm amd start with the basic theory and build from there.

                         

                        I will confess you may not want to value my commentary I had a hard time passing the thermal dynamics course in college. The one and only class I was asked to leave by the instructor. The professor was not very good at teaching and I wasn't very good at not telling him that.

                         

                        You will find (at least I did), unless you do a lot of repair work, you can never find the paste when you need it. I would suggest to not purchase large amount. I seem to recall some products have a tendency to dry out. I can't comment on the product you selected. The other down side is, since it is used so rarely you may not find the tube when you need it

                         

                        I have a small jar of silicon paste. It has a tendency to separate into solid and a clear oil. I quick stir combines them once again for application. I have lost and found the jar a number of times. It nice to have around when needed. It seems manufactures cut corners where they can. I found this very evident in computer CPU application. There is this three inch square CPU with a one inch size stick on label heat sink that did seem appropriate. The physics of making CPU surface to heat sink surface contact was lost on me with this postage stamp size pad separating the two.

                         

                        I see one of the options is the spreading stick. of course for extra money. Save the few pennies. Use a piece of stiff cardboard to spread it around. I avoid getting the stuff on my skin. Never know what chemical compound the evil manufactures have put in the tube. I know my jar is toxic, so I have kept it in my workshop somewhere. Now where did I put that again?

                        Sean