Hey guys, was out post holiday shopping, happened on a $30 PS3 80Gig that couldn't read discs, which when GTA V came out, I had just transplanted a 40GB model with a new BD Bluray media drive, and yeah, it's STILL working perfect!! It made the $30 dollar one a no brainer for me to tackle the same thing twice, I'll keep you apprised how that pans out.
While dismantling however, this one was CAKED in dust, it took a good day to clean it completely, by hand, no compressed air! just water, paper towels and Q tip like swabs from Radio Shack. It required EVERY part be cleaned front and back, and may I say, what I learned is you guys better take heed of your own hardware situation.
Warranty be damned, it won't save your unit from breaking down when it's clogged top to bottom with dust, so make sure it stays as clean as possible, if you have a warranty and don't like using screw drivers yourself, get someone to have a go at it, if required. I would NEVER keep one running as dirty as this one was, even if performance hasn't changed, it won't die from lack of cooling and air circulation. I didn't put new thermal paste on, but I rubbed the contact surfaces with fresh, clean PT to make sure they seat fresh.
The Xbox mention comes about via the pawn shop just up the street that sold me my latest, they offered me still more for repair, but given the 360's poor track record and issues with assembly, jury's still out on me actually offering to take them off their hands, but I wonder what you guys would do...pass or go?? It's tempting if they're an awesome deal, and there's parts that I could use, the main issue is the media drive yet again, highly mechanical of course, as such, more likely to fail over time.
I shot a good number of videos of the Playstation dismantle stages, I'll link some of those once they're posted. Hopefully it gives some idea about the component issues related to the 80Gig model PS3 that's represented by the SKU CECHK01 that I have in this case, I'm using the metallic shield off that model's drive as reference for a replacement, the previous ones don't have internal enclosures, for example, black plastic PSU unit for these versus a silver, more exposed, and prone to high heat one for earlier 40 and 60GB originals.
Edited by BlackListedB, 30 December 2013 - 06:45 AM.