PS3 heatsink clamp screw broken
Short history: After more than 4 years of great service, my PS3 FAT was a bit warm and I decided to reapply the thermal paste. Everything went good, except that I broke the heatsink clamp screw.
I was just rescrewing it in place and it suddenly got a bit harder to turn. One more little turn and 'snap', it was broken, with part of it inside of its hole. So now the clamp over the Cell Chip has only one screw holding it, what is not enough to force the heatsink into contact with the Cell chip.
If you look at this picture (not from my system), the broken screw would be the lower-left one on the picture: http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/OLZ2u...
The result is that now the fan goes 100% within seconds after turning on the console, and the message "The system is becoming too hot blablabla" is shown without even logging in.
My question is: do you guys have any idea about what I can do to overcome this problem?
I was thinking about using something (like a thermal pad) to fill the space and force the contact. Is this a bad idea?
Thank you very much.
Is this a good question?