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Sony: PS3 Has No Overheating Issues With L.A. Noire

You may have heard about the overheating issues associated with L.A. Noire.

At first, it seemed to only be happening to older PlayStation 3 models (original 60GB and 80GB machines) and furthermore, due to Rockstar's wording in an update, it sounded like recent firmware update 3.61 might be the culprit. But since that time, we've learned both PS3 and Xbox 360 owners have experienced some crashing issues, and Sony has confirmed such problems have nothing to do with the PS3. Nick Caplin, head of communications at SCEE recently clarified:

"There is not an over heating problem with PS3. Occasionally a PS3 over heats for numerous reasons and we’re not seeing an increased number of reports at the moment."

After which he added:

"The point is that there is no problem. With so many PS3s in the market, the odd one is bound to over heat and for some reason this has been made to sound like an particular issue. We have not seen an increase from the normal level of calls that are received by our call centres on a daily basis."

For the record, after more than a few 3 and 4-hour sessions, we've never had the game crash, although it is clear that it demands a great deal from the system. The fan kicks in a little faster than with other titles, it seems. That being said, this sounds like a rare problem and one you probably won't encounter, especially if you have a newer PS3 or 360.

Related Game(s): L.A. Noire

Tags: l.a. noire, la noire, ps3, playstation 3, la noire overheating

5/20/2011 10:52:14 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (78 posts)

frylock25
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:05:16 AM
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everyone likes to make this crap up every time a new game comes out. awesome that it pushes the system. i cant wait to see games at the end of the system cycle.

also annouced by sony: ratchet and clank all for one is 10/18

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Fane1024
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 7:41:53 PM

That doesn't mean people aren't experiencing problems or even that LA Noire isn't the trigger, just that they are fabricating the idea of a "bug" directly related to the newest change (e.g., a new firmware or a specific game) when the problems are more likely routine bad luck which happened coincidentally just after the change.

Uncharted 2 caused my first YLOD, not because the game is flawed, but because it demanded a lot from my PS3 and exposed some weakness in the "health" of the hardware. The failure could have occurred at any time, but it was more likely during U2 because it pushes the hardware more than Go Sudoku.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:08:00 AM

Yes, but that doesn't make it the fault of the console or the game, it's simply wear and tear...

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:07:41 AM
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That's pretty crazy when a 'game' can cause a system to overheat

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Zorigo
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:26:14 AM

Well for one, if a game deamnds a lot of the console (esp the older models which handle heat less well compared to the newer consoles) its logical that it could cause problems.
My computer, when i run a lot of videos and tabs and prorammes etc etc the fan gets very loud as im damnding more of my computer.

and two, LA Noire technically still is a game. not a 'game'.

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:25:49 PM

So what the disc spins so hard the system gets overheated? I say get a fan for the ps3 and more ventilation for the system, if the above don't work than it's time to upgrade

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Underdog15
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:23:03 PM

Downvotes are meaningless when there's only a couple. Some people downvote OT posts in general.

Eventually, if you're lucky enough, you'll even amass a downvote stalker or two like me! You know you've made a lasting impression on people when they downvote just by seeing your name! :) That's how you know you have revolutionary thoughts on gaming!

:p

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:28:44 PM

@sony360gamer
Nah man I didn't know Savage passed away he was one of the cooler wrestlers even till today. I wonder what him impersonator on TNA will have to say about this next week. So what was it a heart attack or car crash?

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leatherface
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:53:35 PM

relax 360gamer and snap into a Slim Jim OOoohhhh YEEaaaahhh

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Alienange
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:34:11 PM

@ Underdgo15 - Self-serving much?

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:30:48 PM

How is it crazy? Do you have any knowledge on anything other than fake wrestling? Games cause hardware to overheat on a regular bases, that's what patches are for.

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Underdog15
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:59:55 PM

@Alienage
It would only seem that way to people incapable of realizing I couldn't nor wouldn't ever make a comment like that seriously. I'm only too aware of my flaws! Married life tends to give you that perspective! *yuk yuk*

Apparently there are 7 at this point incapable of proud humor. lol (Rather 5 minus the two stalkers! HA!)

But perhaps it is as Beamboom (I believe) said in another thread... people seem designed to find only the negative... *exasperated sigh*

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Underdog15
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:08:24 PM

Also, I couldn't help but notice the humor (or irony, perhaps) in a statement of your own a little further down after I commented:

LV said, "Get a sense of humor man, it was funny. "

Last edited by Underdog15 on 5/20/2011 5:08:45 PM

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:12:05 PM

Underdog...I think you meant Alienage instead of LV with your last post. I don't remember saying anything about humor.

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Underdog15
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:23:07 PM

Yup. I did.

Sorry about that LV. I saw your avitar at the top of my screen when I was editing... I totally don't think about you on my spare time... nothing creepy like that.... 0.o

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:42:51 PM

That sucks, I got a boner for no reason.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 12:30:07 PM

No reason?

It's important to keep up with good workouts. It'll last longer into life. Motor memory and all that. lol

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jimmyhandsome
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:14:16 AM
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FIRST!!!

....oh sh**, nevermind. I'm only 3rd.... :-(

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sonic1899
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:26:33 AM

What's the point in keeping that post?

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cLoudou
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:28:58 AM

When you proclaim to the world that you're first, your Johnson grows. Well it must, since all the cool people do it.

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AshT
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:21:00 PM

@jimmy this is no IGN...

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:22:26 PM

I caught that pun and my reply: shove it

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jimmyhandsome
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:31:44 PM

Well at least one of you were smart enough to pick up on my internet satire.

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:23:58 PM

My comment was directed to cLoudou

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Simcoe
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:40:09 PM

I got the joke jimmy!

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Alienange
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:37:38 PM

@ Sony360gamer - You reported it as spam? Get a sense of humor man, it was funny.

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Underdog15
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:01:20 PM

@Alienage
:p And you would know since your humor is hardcooooOOOOOOoooore.

;)

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:09:22 AM

You're bad Jimmy, no more coffee for you.

Last!

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Excelsior1
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:38:41 AM
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i don't know what to make of this. hundreds of people call r* and complain that they are having problems with their consoles overheating playing la noire then a r* service rep blaims it on update 3.61. sony then says nope not us, and says la noire is overheating other consoles(meaning the 360).

hundreds is a relativly small number, but apparently something is going on out there.

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bigrailer19
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:52:34 AM

Nothing is goIng on and Sony isnt saying it's LA noire And R* isnt saying it's te system. Go to the PS Blog there is a joint article from Sony and R* saying neither of these (the game and the update) have anything to do with the issue. It goes on to give links to both Sony and R* if you have questions.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:12:03 AM

It's neither the game, nor the firmware, nor any other conspiracy theory. Let's just stop with having to pin blame on someone or something every time the stars align and we notice shall we? Good god, did we learn nothing from the last 2000 years?

Simple facts are;

older console tend to overheat when pushed hard
Some consoles pass all the tests when made, but still harbor a latent fault that emerges at some time in the future.

It's called imperfection, and it happens, an it's no one's fault. The only thing going on out there is that someone's console decided that it's time had come after a particularly long session of LA Noir and now it' got to be someone's fault. People love to assign blame, and the anonymous complaint box called the Internet magnifies that by a million or so times.

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kraygen
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:56:18 AM
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Maybe it just has to do with the fact that old fatty ps3's are getting old and some of them are starting to overheat because for the last 3-4 years their owners haven't take very good care of them.

Perhaps this mixed with a game requiring a lot of the system is all it took for the old ps3's to finally overheat.

I treat my fatty like a king, but I've seen how some people treat theirs and it's no surprise to me that people are having issues.

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anjpikapp3
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:09:15 PM

Yeah, my fatty is now only used as a blu-ray player in my bedroom. I got a slim to handle all the new games once I got Move in the den. I want to keep my 1st release as long as possible to remind me how long I stood in line just to have one. KING!! :)

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RadioHeader
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:01:57 PM

Has anyone here actually opened/dismantled their PS3 to give everything a good clean? It annoys me to think how much dust must be in there, but I'm a bit scared incase I can't put it back together.

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kraygen
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:04:26 PM

Actually I've had mine for almost 3 years and was considering doing just that, opening it to clean it out.

However after tons of online research I discovered that most people who open them find little dust deep inside the machine. The majority of any dust found is near the ventilation holes in the side and back of your ps3.

Also found that Sony and several people who had cracked open their ps3's said that it's best to use a low power vacuum all around your ps3 system once in a while in order to keep it dust free. A powerful vacuum if given full suction of the vent could pull free some of the soldering and should be avoided.

Other than that make sure it's in a well ventilated area, keep it cool, and most people will have no problems.

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RadioHeader
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:50:20 PM

"The majority of any dust found is near the ventilation holes in the side and back of your ps3."

I'll be honest kraygen, I find that hard to believe, but if that's what people are saying then I'll just carry on hoovering the grills. Thanks!

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kraygen
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:43:43 PM

I understand it seems strange, but note I did say the majority, very little does however get into the internal components.

If you do enough digging you can find pictures people have posted of them removing the casing for a cleaning in a step by step process for the first time.

Apparently the internal fans do a good job of keeping most of the dust pushed away from the internal components.

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RadioHeader
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:41:05 PM

Yeah, I've just watched a dismantling video on youtube and there's so many separate parts that need to be stripped away that I just lost all confidence. It's good to know that simply hoovering at the grills is thought to be fairly effective, so thanks again.

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The Doom
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:19:01 PM
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It seems like yet another attempt to shit on Sony

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AshT
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:19:04 PM
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another proof of negative press/journalism

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tlpn99
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:28:22 PM
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Mines fine so is my mates and seen Dillon online playing it too so assuming his is fine too. More scaremongering.

Enjoying thegame so far failed one mission but got the culprit someone else got away though lol. Finding it hard to read the people sometimes.

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TheCanadianGuy
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:29:26 PM
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i've never actually seen/heard a console overheat. what is it exactly ? does it break the console ?

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matt99
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:03:11 PM

I haven't had it happen to me either but I think it just shuts off...kind of anticlimactic I know.

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spiderboi
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:05:11 PM

yes it does. My phat is more than 3 years old, and YLOD'ed on me already. Now, it's on the brink of another YLOD so I've not turning it on until i have a new unit. And yes, I've been taking care of it like a baby. Maybe its just nearing its time.. *sigh*

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TheCanadianGuy
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:22:14 PM

hmmmm i've had mine 37 months now it has never overheat. i've only had 1 problem with it had to send it to get fixed luckily it was still in my first year so didn't cost a dime

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:33:01 PM

If it goes unresolved yes it will destroy your PS3. I had a similar situation happen to my 360 back in the fall of 08. Which sucks cause I never got to play Lost Odyssey

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Bandit1
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:49:53 PM
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Mine has done this since day one. Played it for about 3-4 hours and then my PS3 just shut off. Not really sure that it's an "overheat" problem I left the system off all night and started it up again the next day and it shut off within 5 minutes. Other games work fine. Seems to be a Rockstar thing to me.

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bigrailer19
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:58:27 PM

Be careful though. If the PS3 overheats it will shut off as a safety feature.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 1:06:11 AM

If a PS3 repeatedly shuts itself down like that, with the flashing red light, it usually means a heat issue has been detected by the CPU's thermal protection and a shutdown was triggered. If that is happening, it's a good idea not to push it further, and get it repaired.

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xnonsuchx
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:15:35 PM
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Complainers just tend to be louder, making them seem more prevalent. It's kinda like the <5% of iPhone 4 users saying 'antennagate' affected them, or the <0.0000001% of iPod users w/ 'exploding' batteries, or the ~2-5% of people who say they have a bad reaction to MSG, or the <1% of shoppers who claim a store is horrible because they didn't totally get their way on something (and is easily their own fault half the time), etc.

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aaronisbla
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:05:39 PM
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i remember my fans would kick in much faster while playing God of War 3 on my old ps3

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JBLAZE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:50:28 PM
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ahhhh machoman randy savage is dead. massive heart attack while driving. R.I.P

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Karosso
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:51:14 PM
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My Black Phat beauty does sound like it's gonna take off sometimes but, I never had it freeze or crash since the last time I played Tomb Raider Underground, that game was so buggy I'm surprised I did not catch a virus from it LOL.
That is normal with most pre-slim hardware but, the fans on mine seem to be able to handle the heat so far.

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Karosso
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:14:50 PM

On a second note, I've had a PS1(sent to Brazil once I got my PS2), a PS2 got on the first day it came out(sent to Brazil once I got my PS3), I still have an original, launch day PSP(My girlfriend is using it right now on her trip to China for Media and games) and my phat 80GB PS3 and the old ones ran for over 10 years without a problem.
Its not even funny that people try to pull this crap about Sony's hardware, it's way beyond what the competition offers in terns of quality. I do IT support in NYC and was just on a client's home the other day, and when looking for their Apple TV to troubleshoot an issue, I opened a closet and found three XBOX360 piled up, and that's not the first time I see this. I now believe what Highlander has been preaching for a while, with X360's high rate of failure, Sony must be ahead of MS already on global "active consoles"...

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Alienange
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:44:14 PM
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Call it a rumor if you want, but my PS3 is freezing and shutting down every hour! It's driving me nuts!! Sometimes I just want to rip Fallout New Vegas outta there and be done with it.

Nah, I'm only kidding, the latest patch has really improved things.

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Snorge
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:59:13 PM
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I had a MAJOR problem with my MGS Edition fatty only a year after I had it: IT WAS STOLEN! LOL! Besides that, my wife and I havent had any problems from our PS3s!

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Lawless SXE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:07:50 PM
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Whew... I was worried there for a bit, and I'm glad to have those fears allayed. I've never had an overheating problem with my PS3, just buggy games crashing and freezing :/
Peace.

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 7:25:17 PM
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From what i've seen, nothing pushes the PS3 more than Folding@Home and that certainly doesnt cause any heat issues.

If your ps3 is going to die there is nothing you can do about it. When most people are playing LA Noire there are going to be a higher rate of failures while playing that game, simply be default. Correlation does not imply causation.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 1:09:22 AM

Thermal paste degrades over time, dust and grime accumulates in fans and vents, and PSUs get dirty, and lose efficiency.

Even if all you ever do is switch the system on, it will eventually get to the point where it can overheat as soon as it has to 'think' about something. A decent clean out of the interior, new thermal compound and if possible a new 19 blade fan, and a more efficient PSU will do the trick.

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BikerSaint
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 7:28:46 PM
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Take some good advise from someone's who's had a fustercluck of a fiasco after first losing a Phattie, just due to a original overheating problem.

I've been a marathon gamer & little by little, I've heard my fan kick in faster, louder, & longer & longer, until one day about 11 hours into another 36 hour marathon, my Phat Princess had enough of that & kicked me out of KZ3 & went into a final red-blinking mode(no, not the YLOD) for good, with a stuck disc inside, and no way to get it out(and yes, I tried all the Google & YouTube methods to no avail)!

And then, as most of you already know the rest,.....the f*cking USPS Planet Of The Ape's,Package-Bungling Gorilla Handler's Murderer's Division smashed my beloved Phat Princess beyond repair, & also broke my brand new 2-week old 640GB HD inside, that had over 50+ game saves.

And because of that "March Madness Massacre", I WILL still do my marathons, but I have decided to change the WAY that I do them all in the future......

This time into a long marathon, I'm going turn my new Slim Mistress off for a 1/2 hour or so every 3 or 4 hours, just so my sweetness's hot button can get it's beauty rest.


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Fane1024
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 7:54:02 PM

I love how your description of the USPS "gorilla(s)" keeps getting more and more elaborate.

That's a lot of pent-up rage.

:)

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:23:08 AM

You know, most medical folks recommend taking a short break every 60-90 minutes in any case, so it might not be such a bad idea to take that into account, and break more frequently, and giving you and your system a rest...

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BikerSaint
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 8:19:37 PM
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Yeah, I am in a rage.....

Especially even more so since I just found out yesterday that they even destroyed my brand new 640, GB HD too..

And even worse that I had over 50+ games on that I've now lost forever.

And worse yet, I had tons of marathon sessions saved on that HD, I had 66 hours in just the KZ3 game alone, and that was in less than the 1st two weeks it was out.


And worst of all, I can't even put that brand new, but broken, $70 on-sale GB HD I had just bought, into my new slim. And I've recently been laid off, so no money now.

BTW, I'm trying to say away from my local post office in the meantime till I get satisfaction for my $500 insurance claim against them.
This way I won't wind up on one of their 10 most wanted poster right away, and for nothing more than simply going all Postal on their a$$es.

"Go figure"

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Lawless SXE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 9:07:16 PM

Forget propriety Saint, kill someone!

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Bloodysilence19
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:07:52 PM
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my ps3 yet to overheat playing la noire i play 4 to 5 hours non stop and not once did my ps3 overheat or freeze. the game its self has had pop ins but nothing serious like game freezing or getting to hot for the ps3.

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thj_1980
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:15:01 AM
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People shouldn't make stuff up like this it's very idiotic. My guess is the game is so good they played it for hours at times. Also get your systems cleaned up people, get some arctic silver 5 on it!

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:20:29 AM

My 4 and a half year old launch system just died and is going for a repair. When she get's home, she'll have had a reflow, a good clean, Arctic Silver, a new 19 blade fan and more efficient PSU. The replacement fan and PSU will be guaranteed for a year. All for about $130 including tax, plus shipping. After all that TLC, and with a more efficient PSU, better fan and a lower power HDD inside, she ought to last several more years, as long as I keep her treated right.

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thj_1980
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:08:38 AM

Mr. Highlander it really depends how they reflow your system. Reflows gernerally last around 1-3 months. Regardless what PSU and FAN blade you use. Those factors play a small role on how heat is dissipated. Sorry for the lost BTW!

I were you I'de get a reball best repair option!!!

Lasts really long since you are basically getting new solder underneath the GPU!

My estimate is around 6-2years.

But the let down is price, time, and the fact they use lead to reball the new solder.

NOBODY likes lead!!!!

But I think 10 years ago all electronics used lead soldering?

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 7:12:01 PM

I'd do that if there was any indication that teh GPU was having an issue, there isn't. For the moment my suspicion is that the HSF isn't removing heat quickly enough and so the unit is turning off - before damage to the system. The folks I'm sending it to will do the reballing as well, if needed. But I will leave it to them to decide on that one. As for the reflow, they use a real reflow rig, rather than one of the more dubious heat gun methods.

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thj_1980
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:26:10 PM

Can you show where I can get this fan and psu that you are talking about?? Can you show me a specific link please?

I have spare 19 blade fans but I would like to know the one that you talk about. And the PSU as well. Also one thing many consumers and repair shops don't do it remove and change the thermal paste between the GPU's heat plate. Put some arctic silver 5 between the heat plate and you should be good to go.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 11:07:55 PM

The place I'm talking about is gophermods. I emailed back and forth with them about the repair work and the fan/PSU, the parts are pulls from other systems that are cleaned and tested.

I was under the impression that the 60GB PS3 uses a single integrated 5 heatpipe heat sink rather than two separate units. That said, I will ask Gophermods to make sure that the thermal pads for both the CPU and GPU are replaced when they do the service.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:16:00 AM
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Time to call the Wahmbulances for the people who immediately Wah and blame someone for every unfortunate event in their life. Sometimes I wish people would grow a set and just deal.

Anyway, this issue of overheating consoles is nothing new and to be quite honest, nearly 5 years into the lives of some of the units out there, it's to be expected.

Anyway, I posted this earlier on another site, I think it pretty well covers the issue;

Hmm... lets see. What are the ingredients here?
Take a 4 year old console that's been heavily played. Stir in a power hungry CPU and GPU combination that put's out considerable watts of heat. Add some thermal paste that is aging, and 1 aging fan that contains 4 years of accumulated dust and grime. Mix well and add to a PSU that's aging and less efficient than it used to be and you have a recipe for excess heat production in an environment that cannot remove the heat as effectively as it could when new.

Now, take that recipe and bake with new games that push the performance of the hardware further and further and you end up with a situation where older consoles stand a decent chance of overheating - thanks to their age. It's inevitable really. Heck, I have an older PC at home that needed a new video card because the Geforce 7x00 series GPU in it fried itself after 5 years, and that's in a well ventilated case with two extra fans.

This isn't the firmware, as much as the haters and conspiracy theorists would like it to be, it just isn't. It's consoles that were state of the art when built, and running at the edge of the envelope in terms of the thermal performance of the system. There's really no surprise here for anyone, A system's thermal performance will decrease as it ages, it simply will not remove as much heat as it did when new. yet at the same time the PSU becomes less efficient and produces more heat and software places ever greater demands on the hardware resulting in more heat.

The system is designed to cope with that, but some will perform less well than the reference design, and they may suffer a failure as the heat outpaces the cooling. Anything else would be a great surprise.

What can be done? Well, if you own an older PS3, have it professionally cleaned, have new thermal paste applied to the heat sink, consider replacing the power supply with a newer, more efficient one and possibly replace the fan with a new one. these are all sensible precautions you would take with an older PC - assuming you wanted to keep it running. Why would we imagine a PS3 (or 360) would be any different?

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thj_1980
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:13:58 AM

Depends on which older ps3 you have for the PSU thing? I'm pretty sure SONY stopped producing the older units quite sometime ago. SO that means the PSU as well. I don't see how you can get a new one since all ps3 parts off ebay are used or repaired but put into a plastic wrap to make it look new. You can only consider it new if you scrap it off from a new system that hasn't been used.

I'm not sure how you can get a more efficient PSU??? THe 60gb and 80gb (2007 model) use the same PSU sometimes alternating between two PSU models. Unless you use a Desktop's psu?

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 7:23:06 PM

Yeah, getting brand new replacement parts is difficult for the early systems. The oldest units use a PSU that is substantially less efficient than the others, it uses between 1 and 4 amps more than the others because it always pulls 6 amps. It can be replaced by a slightly newer and considerably more efficient one pulled from a system that takes between 2 and 4.8 Amps depending on the load. The fan in the original systems varied as well, and you can replace it with some effect. Some of the original 60GB launch systems cam with a 17 blade fan in Japan (and I believe NA), and oddly some in NA and Europe came with 15 blade fans. There were some with the truly awesome 19 blade fan that has better bearings and moves more air at lower RPM with less noise.

None of it is a solution, it's all a case of making the best of the situation. Considering that the system consumed up to 210 watts of power in operation, there's a lot of heat to be removed already. When you have a 380 watt slightly inefficient PSU churning out it's own heat as well there is a lot of heat for a HSF to remove. So if you can increase airflow with a clean, and a better fan, along with reducing the PSU's contribution to the wattage of heat to be removed, you take some of the load off the HSF. At the same time if you clean the heatsink, and re-attach it with Arctic Silver, you are increasing the thermal performance of the HSF in an environment where it now has to do less anyway. The system itself is nearly 5 years old already, and it's a near certainty that it will not survive another 5. But if I can get a year or two more out of it, I will be a happy consumer.

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___________
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 3:19:21 AM
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its because the game streams so much crap off the HDD, never can i hear my HDD running but every time im playing LA Noire it sounds like its in the daytona 500!

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wickedproxy
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 11:25:48 AM
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My 60 GB has died just 3 days after the update. I have not played the game. It sits in a wide open area on a table, and I am vacuuming the vents every week. There is no dust. It died using life with playstation. This problem rests squarely on Sony's shoulders.

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Highlander
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 7:24:57 PM

Not really, even though you clean the vents, that doesn't remove the dust inside the fan, or the PSU, nor does it help the thermal compound last any longer. Sorry, but the fault is not Sony's, it's simple wear and tear.

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Spanky
Sunday, May 22, 2011 @ 12:35:53 PM
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I just rcvd an update last night for LA Noire and I've not had ANY issue at all with my old fatty!

There was only one time in it's life that the fan kicked and I couldn't figure out what it was for a few seconds! ;) I was several hours into RDR and it was over 90 in my room AND my PS3 sits right next to my LCD tv and you know how hot THEY get!

I had more probs with RDR than about any game I can recall. There were at least three times I was into a marathon hunting session without saving(like a dum@$$)and the game just froze up tight. Couldn't do anything with except a hard shut down which lost ALL of my kill progress. One time I had like 30 grizzlies, 100+ wolves etc...(sigh) It really ticked me off.

Now I need to go hoover my fatty(no, no! mind outta the gutter)...

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