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Need advice on artifacting PS3/freezes
Need advice on artifacting PS3/freezes –
So last night, I'm playing my PS3 for about 2 hours and out of nowhere, the screen turns green and starts to artifact and go crazy, much like the video you see here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWE0e0TlGuw/. I don't believe it was overheating and I've never received warnings about it getting too hot or shutdowns before. Locally there is a shop that does reflows with an actual bga reflow station and they specialize in YLOD and the like for $50 and if they can't fix it, it's free.
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My PS3 is the CECHG 40gb model
I haven't ever opened it, warranty sticker is intact
I have technical experience, but don't want to take a heat gun to it
I'm thinking it's probably the rsx and not so much the Cell
I haven't tried anything but HDMI, as I do not have component/composite (I can get)
It works for a few minutes, then garbled nonsense
No YLOD, it powers on fine, works for just minutes
Could this just be overheating?
Would opening it, cleaning it out, and applying new thermal paste do anything at this point?
If the above does not work, should I try a shim fix?
Should I take my chances with the repair shop?
Any thoughts or suggestions are truly valued. Thanks in advance!
well, my guess is, that the gpu has a cold solder joint or something along those lines, and it needs a reflow or reball. this actually happens alot to 360s as well, it can be blue also, and it is called checkerboarding for them as thats what it does. now i believe that a reflow or reball as if it did have ylod but only with the gpu, would make it work again. i used to fix 360s and ive seen this alot on them. =) hope it helps man
Thanks, I'm thinking gpu (rsx) too, there isn't much info out here on this problem, and the guy at the shop said he's never heard of anything like it and says it probably needs a normal YLOD reflow, but I'm thinking the Cell may be fine, and just go after the rsx.
Have you tried to use the HDMI cable on anything else? I see it could be one of three problems. The HDMI port, the HDMI cable, or it was from overheating and if that's the case it probably can't be fixed unless you're a champ at reflowing or them rather. I say try using the HDMI cable on something else if you can. If not you may want to take it up to that shop, paying 50 is a far cry from buying a whole new console and if they can't fix it you still keep the 50.
Thanks for the advice Dark Scyth, I'm thinking the shop too, the stipulation with receiving the "can't fix it, don't pay for it" is that it needs to have the warranty sticker in place. it's lame because I was just getting my CFW going after having this thing for months, just sitting here. I got it off craigslist for $60 because the guy evidentally didn't now you have to change the video buy holding down the power button, so no big loss. It came with like 2.53 firmware and I bought it solely for ps3 jailbreak jigs, but never got around to using them, then cfw came out.
Oh, and btw, the shop charges $20 if I take the sticker off and open it myself and they try it after me.
Either cold solder joint or permanent GPU damage.
I played it last night for a good half hour, and didn't have any problems. Should I stress test it, or just lay off and get it reflowed?
IMO, first you should test it. Now it looks like bad thermointerface.
Originally Posted by need2burn
Second, if the problem reappears, check thermointerface and how good cooler is pressed against chips. Adjust if needed and try again. Also, try to run with open case.
Reball/Reflow only if the second won't help.
Ok so it is doing it again, I'll open it and check on the cooler and post my findings in a few days.
I was having exact same problem with my 320go slim.
It was freezing after a few minutes with video artefacts.
The longer my kids were playing along days (they tried to play a few more times), the quicker it was freezing, until the system was sometimes freezing even on XMB...
I then decided to do a reflow with a heat gun Makita at 500°C a few minutes.
I rebuilt the machine, plugged in the power cord : red light, so good thing lol.
I pressed power button : green light, then 1 second later, no lights at all.
Fan is starting, eject and power button light on, then all shutdown like if i was unplugging power cord
I think i burnt cpu, gpu or motherboard by overheating it with the heat gun
Or maybe there is a very small amount of thermal paste that i don't see on the board that creates a short circuit ?
Anyway i'm desperate and any help (or even better : a solution ) is appareciated.