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Alternate power source for the ps3 cooling fan
Alternate power source for the ps3 cooling fan –
I recently had to fix a yellow light of death on my ps3 and I wound up ripping the plug off the motherboard (I wasn't manhandling it even after that happened the plug was stuck to the wire). I fixed the yellow light of death but the fix won't last long without a working cooling fan in place. I was wondering if someone else had this problem and knows where i can tap into another power supply so the fan will work again. Thanks in advance
Use a multimeter and look for another power source that's the same voltage, I'd look at the usbs first and prolly tap into them...
Did you just lift the pads or is it completely torn off? Also, if the pads are gone, could you scrape the trace and solder a wire to it directly? Are you trying to get your plug back on the board or are you just looking at cutting the connectors and soldering it together to work?
Don't even turn the ps3 on without the fan working, it won't cool the processors at all in passive mode.
EDIT: Maybe a high res photo would help, too. I could help you more if I saw the extent of the damage.
the ps3 model is CECHG01
I soldered the plug back on but I could get the thermal sensor connection or the middle prong down. I still have no power to the fan
The ps3 will still turn on and I can use the xmb but I will not keep it on for more then 5 minutes due to fears of permanent damage.
Damage can happen in seconds, those processors without proper cooling can get VERY got, VERY fast.
That image doesn't do it justice, pm me your msn, I'll add you, and we can talk there. This should be an easy fix with a stead y hand and a soldering iron...
yeah i wouldn't turn it on at all and don't have a blind man put on the thermal paste like sony does. also dont use a cheap paste if you have never done anything like this before i would recommend haveing someone that has done stuff like this before to much paste is a bad thing so is not haveing any at all just cause sony oozes that crap on does not make it good
Yeah, when there is no more cooling plate on it.
Originally Posted by blazie151
But the fan is only there to cool the plate, so it will take some time to heat up the plate, before the fan even affects the temp.
Also, from the prictures you sent, i think this can be easy soldered at the broken pins.
Alt Points –
The positive red spots and gnd black spots points are easy. but the alt point purple for the pwm is under the board,
Originally Posted by buergerkneifer
I'm also assuming he might have taken off the "plate" known as a heatsink and not applied new thermal paste, in which case my statement is still true. Are you actually debating whether its its safe to turn it on and use it? Cause that's what it sounds like. I don't know about you, but I err on the side of caution, which means a ps3 in that condition shouldn't be turned on at all until after the situation has been fixed. Especially after a previous hardware failure due to heat and age.
Also, I was thinking that the broken pins could be soldered to as well, though the pic doesn't show if that's possible because its reduced in size when uploaded here. That's why I said I'll help you through msn, so I can get a better photo and not have it reduced.
Those are great points and look pretty easy to solder to. Of course, if the pins are still able to be soldered to how it looks in the first photo, I'd solder to those before alt points. If your looking for good wire to use, an old ide cable separated works great for tiny components like that.
Originally Posted by sccs
Nah when I turned the PS3 I had the heatsinks on it. I only use artic silver thermal paste since it always gave me great results on the xbox360