The PlayStation 3 (or commonly known as the PS3) is the third home computer entertainment system produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, and the successor to the PlayStation 2. It was released November 11, 2006

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Freezing screen after a while

Hi iFixit. First let me say thank you for a great site. I have read a lot about your YLOD on PS3, but not sure this is the problem I have? I can not start my PS3 up always... which means that i do not always picture on. But if I cool it down, then I sometimes manage to get the image in 30 seconds-1 minute. And then it freeze. And I just want to come in and have made a backup before it freezes. Do you have any idea what is wrong? Does new thermal pads help on this problem?? Best Regards Thomas

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You may not have the infamous Yellow Light of Death (YLOD), but these are telltale signs that something is up. New thermal pads will only help with the heat dissipation for longer periods of time, but it seems like you are having a freezing issue every 30 seconds. Moreover, it may be unresponsive sometimes. Here are some possibilities for why it's acting the way it is:

1. Bad Hard drive (buy a new one)

2. DVD drive is dirty or broken (clean or replace it)

3. Video card had overheated and/or solder balls are cracked (replace the board)

A guide on how to take it apart is here:

PlayStation 3 Slim Repair

Check if you can get it replaced from where you bought it first. It still might be under warranty.

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