Of course, no controller and no games so that was another 70€... (I got GTA 5, the only reason to get a PS3 ;)
Anyway, it worked fine for a week or so, then started crashing to a blinking red led. Seems to be a typical error condition after a quick google on the issue.
I didn't yet get the dreaded yellow led so all was not lost. Opening it up my first impression: Whoever designed the case and cooling should be publicly humiliated, flogged and anything else that makes him/her feel the pain that they have caused to thousands of Playstation 3 owners.
Yes, there is a big heatpipe system and a enormous fan, but the there is absolutely no source for fresh and cool air. Espcially the holes on the right side are just for show, as they are more-or-less blocked on the inside. What the fuck where they thinking ? And the holes at the front, not much better, the circuit board blocks most of them.
Still, I did open everything up and the thermal pasting was also a crap job.
|Thermal paste, a crap job by Sony|
First I fixed that with fresh and properly applied paste. The next was to get some fresh air into the case. That easy enough, just needed to find my drill first.
|Drilled holes just under the fan to get some air flow|
|The same with the side, drilled some hole in air blockers|
This seems to have helped, no crashes after many hours of playing. Before it was around 2 minutes from game load to a crash.