Originally Posted by star_man
water + electronics == breakage
symptoms: random -- from completely borked to brain damaged
In or out of warranty? Send it in if it's under warranty.
Take it apart and put a hair dryer to it and let it dry out for a week.
Re-assemble and see what happens, no improvements; send it in.
I don't have patience so I opened it up for the 1st time ever (brand new in June '07) and broke the seal. This is the 1st time I have ever seen a ps3 opened
It was dry inside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT.................it was wet for atleast a few days because water dripped out of it when I picked it up
So, it appears the when the dust inside got wet, it turned in to sticky gunk-like stuff in sections of the motherboard. I honestly thought the motherboard was burnt in these sections that's what it looked like...until I took some foam-tipped applicators w/ elcetronics grade methanol (it was on hand so why not
and it all started to come up. Took a while to do a thorough job.
And since I was in there, I replaced the thermal paste. I did not do any heat gun action anywhere because I have not encountered any ylod or it's symptoms up to this point.
Anyways I put it all back together and turn on switch........NOTHING.
Pop the hood once more, and realise I forgot to plug in the blu-ray clip (that or the power supply I don't recall) and voila, everything back to normal. No more cycling itself on/off. I am going to guess my problem was a "gunked up" motherboard, probably shorting itself out somewhere.
Anyhow it's been about a 15hrs over a two session period thus far, and all seems normal
Time will tell, time will tell............