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About to open up my PS3 slim to clean it...

#1Cooldude4389Posted 12/4/2012 10:23:17 AM
Anything I need to know prior to breaking the warranty seal, and nuking my PS3's interior with compressed air? Any tips are appreciated.
#2NGd72Posted 12/4/2012 10:24:29 AM
Why ?
#3Pereb27Posted 12/4/2012 10:25:27 AM
NGd72 posted...
Why ?


So it doesn't overheat...

Anyway if you're going to do this you might aswell consider changing the thermal paste, for a better CPU/GPU cooling.
#4Cooldude4389(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2012 10:26:49 AM
Well my PS3 has been on for 10+ hours, since last Christmas, I am guessing the interior is ridiculously dusty, so ima clean it...and several of my games are starting to have weird graphical bugs, such as increased texture popins.
#5Cooldude4389(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2012 10:29:08 AM
Pereb27 posted...
NGd72 posted...
Why ?


So it doesn't overheat...

Anyway if you're going to do this you might aswell consider changing the thermal paste, for a better CPU/GPU cooling.


How would one do this? It sounds like a tater difficult task, haha..


My initial plan was to unplug the power supply, and get the dust out.
#6Pereb27Posted 12/4/2012 10:35:47 AM
Cooldude4389 posted...
Pereb27 posted...
NGd72 posted...
Why ?


So it doesn't overheat...

Anyway if you're going to do this you might aswell consider changing the thermal paste, for a better CPU/GPU cooling.


How would one do this? It sounds like a tater difficult task, haha..


My initial plan was to unplug the power supply, and get the dust out.


Well you have to take the entire console apart. Once you separated the heatsink from the motherboard, clean the old thermal paste with isopropyl alcohol and a cloth or something.
There are many ways to apply new thermal paste (btw, I recommend high quality paste such as MX-4). You can either spread a thin layer with a credit card or something, or just put a pea sized blob on the middle of each chip and place the heatsink. If you need, you can look up videos on youtube.
#7chiefofsb78Posted 12/4/2012 10:47:55 AM
Cooldude4389 posted...
Pereb27 posted...
NGd72 posted...
Why ?


So it doesn't overheat...

Anyway if you're going to do this you might aswell consider changing the thermal paste, for a better CPU/GPU cooling.


How would one do this? It sounds like a tater difficult task, haha..


My initial plan was to unplug the power supply, and get the dust out.


If you just wanna clean it i wouldnt do all that messing with that is serious business need to know what your doing
#8firefoxts5Posted 12/4/2012 11:02:52 AM
Get a can of air dust remover and spray the vents.
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#9Cooldude4389(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2012 11:22:21 AM
firefoxts5 posted...
Get a can of air dust remover and spray the vents.


Well wouldn't that just move the dust around my PS3? :s


Is it safe if I carefully open the PS3, and just use the compressed air on the interior, except the blu-ray player of course?

Was considering disconnecting the fan, however I read the cable is long enough that you can sort of move the fan out of the way.
#10Cooldude4389(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2012 1:44:08 PM
Pereb27 posted...
Cooldude4389 posted...
Pereb27 posted...
NGd72 posted...
Why ?


So it doesn't overheat...

Anyway if you're going to do this you might aswell consider changing the thermal paste, for a better CPU/GPU cooling.


How would one do this? It sounds like a tater difficult task, haha..


My initial plan was to unplug the power supply, and get the dust out.


Well you have to take the entire console apart. Once you separated the heatsink from the motherboard, clean the old thermal paste with isopropyl alcohol and a cloth or something.

There are many ways to apply new thermal paste (btw, I recommend high quality paste such as MX-4). You can either spread a thin layer with a credit card or something, or just put a pea sized blob on the middle of each chip and place the heatsink. If you need, you can look up videos on youtube.


Would you recommend that I run compressed air through the vents, or just open it up? Evidently, I won't be able to change the thermal paste, considering I am not very experienced with the PS3's hardware. Is it ok if I open it just for the purpose of getting the dust out?