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Mar 06

Just like the old bulky style PS3 console the slim has a secret hidden function
that only a few people know about.

This secret test allows you to run the consoles fan upto full speed and this helps blow out some of the dust trapped inside your console.

The full speed fan test also reveals any potential problems with your consoles fan such knocking, grinding or balance issues; for example if a fan blade had broken off.

Here’s how to perform the fan test & self clean step by step

1) Power up your console normally (press power/standby button) and remove any games inside the unit.

2) Power down the console normally using the power button.

3) Unplug the mains power cord from the back of the console.

4) Hold the eject button down and plug the mains cable back into your console.

5) The console will power straight up and you’ll hear the fan spinning at full speed.

6) The ps3 will shut down after 15 seconds.

7) Unplug the mains power cable from the back and plug back in after a few seconds.

8) You can now start up your console normally.

Congratulations you’ve just completed the PS3 slim fan test & self clean process.

The video below shows the same process.



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May 23

In this short guide I’ll explain how to test your PS3 fan to make sure its working properly, this test can also help blow out lots of the dust from within your console. This method only works for 40gb consoles although some people have reported that it also works on other models, my best advice is to try it on your console it will either work or it will do nothing. It will not cause any damage to your console, however just to be on the safe side; I accept no liability for you or your console after you follow these instructions.

All these tips and many more can be found in the PS3 Repair Manual

What is the PS3 Fan Test?

The ps3 fan test is a special test mode built into the console at the factory and it’s for the purpose of testing and clearing the fan / console from dust and dirt that has built up within the console. When the test is performed the playstation 3 console runs the cooling fan at full power until stopped by the user. Continue reading »

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Oct 23

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Despite Sony’s best efforts to curb the yellow light problem with their new PS3 Slim console we are now receiving many reports of this fault even with the new slim consoles. Gamers can’t believe their luck!

Although the problem seems to be much less of an issue when compared to the failure rate of the older PS3 consoles I’m sure we are going to see quite a few of these slim consoles with the yellow light fault due to the sheer numbers of consoles sold at the new lower price point and better spec (bigger hard drive).

A PS3 Slim yellow light repair is available here Continue reading »

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Jul 28

PS3 with the yellow light of death

Many things contribute to a severe failure of the PlayStation 3 with the symptoms

often being described as the yellow light of death or YLOD. People are describing

what they are actually seeing when trying to start up the PS3 console.

These are the symptoms:-

When pressing the power button on the front of the console, the console will start to power up and the consoles power light will change from red (standby) to green (power on) but a second later the light changes to a flashing yellow colour followed by a few audible beeps from the console, at this point the console shuts down. The yellow light continues to flash and the console cannot be powered up unless you turn off the console at the back, the resets the console so you can try to power up the console a second time.

Repair your PS3 today using the Yellow Light Repair Guide

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