PS3 Care

Optimal Environment For Your PS3

The vast majority of problems that occur with PS3 consoles originate from poor ventilation, overheating and general neglect, resulting in static or flashing red light, or flashing green and red lights and in the worst case scenarios, the dreaded “yellow light of death”.

If you detect that your PS3 fan is progressively getting noisier, don’t ignore it as this may be an indication of a growing overheating problem.

In order to minimize faults and prevent failures from occurring, the following are some of the steps you can take that should see your PS3 through many years of trouble-free use:

Well Ventilated Environment

1. Your PS3 needs to remain relatively cool to operate efficiently. During heavy use your PS3 will get hot but that is normal. However, it’s important that you position your PS3 in a well ventilated area.

Avoid placing your console on carpet, as carpet is very poor at dissipating heat, as it retains it instead. That retained heat will simply make its way back into your console causing the PS3 and the fan in particular to work harder to remain cool.

Also, avoid placing your console in a location where heat can build up such as in an enclosed AV cabinet, near walls, in the corner of a room or stacked up with other electrical products.

Lay Console Flat or Upright?

2. It is better to place your PS3 flat so the fan is facing up towards the ceiling, as hot air naturally rises. This should help the console to cool down more efficiently. If you’re going to stand the console on its side, ensure that you use a PS3 stand that is specifically designed for PS3 consoles, as these are constructed so as not to obstruct any of the air vents.

Additional Cooling Accessories

3. If you suspect that your PS3 console is getting too hot during heavy usage, you may want to consider getting additional external fans specifically for your PS3. There are many fan manufacturers that produce fans designed to help cool down electrical products.

4. Purchase a laptop cooling pad for your console to sit on, which will help to quickly remove the heat away from your console. You can buy these at many computer accessory stores.

Minimize Dust Build-up

5. Your PS3 needs to breath. When it’s choking with dust, especially around its air vents it won’t be able to cool down effectively as there will be insufficient air circulation getting into your PS3.

It’s important that you routinely clean your PS3 to remove excess dust accumulation. Use a slightly damp, lint-free cloth to wipe away dust from the surface of the console to avoid dissipating dust into the air.

For ways to safely rid excess PS3 dust from the air vents and from within the console itself, click on the link.

6. When your PS3 is not in use, it’s advisable to use a cover over to minimize dust build-up.

Clean Disks

7. Clean all discs before inserting them into your PS3. If you experience problems with discs not being read, check that the disk is clean and undamaged.

To clean discs it’s recommended that you use a lint-free cloth. Wipe the disk clean from the center out. Avoid discs being left exposed to direct sunlight.

Check Connections

8. Use a surge protector and ensure all cables connected to your PS3 are connected correctly.

Checking connections is a basic troubleshooting step, but it’s surprising how many PS3 problems are caused by lose cables or cables that are plugged into the wrong location. This is one of the main causes for the “no display” error.