Introduction

Hit the button and watch the dust bunnies fly. This will not completely clean the system. Stubborn dirt/dust will remain on the motherboard, heat sink etc. Preform this test every 1-2 months to ensure longevity of your device. Dirt and dust build up is one of the top killers of video game systems.

  • NOTE: The candle is only behind the PS3 for demonstration purposes. DO NOT put open flames next to your console. The video could only be 30 seconds so I already had my system unplugged when I started recording in order to get the video under the time restraint.

  • First, make sure your disk drive is empty.

  • If you have the original version of the PS3 you need to turn your PS3 from standby to off by flipping the switch on the back of the system. Hold down the eject button and then flip the switch back on.

  • If you have the PS3 Slim you need to unplug the power cable from the system. Hold down the eject button and then plug the cable back in.

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  • Your system will turn on and within a matter of seconds you will hear the fan inside the PS3 begin to spin at a much higher rate than normal. It should run for about 15-20 seconds. In this demonstration the fans run for 16.96 seconds.

  • When complete, the power (red) light will blink if you have the original or completely off if you have the Slim.

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  • If you have the original system, hit the switch on the back of your system to off and back to standby. You're done!

  • If you have the Slim unplug your power cord and then plug it back in. You're done!

  • NOTE: If you do not power down/unplug the system after the fan stops spinning the system WON'T turn on. System MUST be reset. HAPPY GAMING!

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Conclusion

Preform this test every 1-2 months to keep your PS3 clean of debris which will help ensure the longevity of your device.

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Doesn't work on superslim eject button just releases the tray not electrical

taipancorbett - Reply

taipancorbett,

Thanks for informing me. Honestly, I've seen this done with the original and personally preformed it on the slim and assumed that it worked with the super slim as well. Looks like I made an ass out of myself. I'll make the corrections to the guide.

Navy Vet 2015 -

How can we do that on the super slim model? Or what the other option to do this self cleaning?

Tarek Jundi - Reply

I'm afraid I don't know how to preform this test on the super slim. I would search youtube/web searches.

Navy Vet 2015 -

My ps3 will not self clean. I have the original system, and when I switch it back on, it just beeps, but the fan does not run

CJ Kramer - Reply

It works on the slim! Just gotta unplug, hold, replug! Once its done as you said, unplug and replug!

Georgia Sproule - Reply

Of course it does :) it just doesn't work on the SUPER slim (CECH-4000)

Tom -

These fans last long even after much abuse. I just never understood why my CECH-2501 makes 3 beeps during the beginning of the test whereas my CECH-2001 and CECH-2101 doesn't ?

Tom -

I've had my Ps3 for about 5 years, and I've just decided that I wanted to clean out the dust out of my systems to ensure they live longer. Do you recommend still doing this to clean my Ps3 after so many years of neglecting the dust?

Steven T (Archbreaker) - Reply

Absolutely! It should easily remove any loose dust bunnies that are residing inside your system but it won't get the stubborn stuff. You will have to gut the console if you really want to clean it completely.

Navy Vet 2015 -

Furthermore, if you're interested in dust prevention within your systems I would highly recommend purchasing dust covers for them.

Foamy Lizard products are form fitting to the PS4/XB1. I prefer these to Digital Deck Covers but they don't make them for older systems. If you have older systems you want covered, i.e. X360/PS3 etc, defer to the second link. eBay also has a great selection of custom covers for various systems.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_...

https://www.digitaldeckcovers.com/

Navy Vet 2015 -

I’ve had my PS3 for 6 years and I haven’t done this before. Should I do this more than once to make sure it’s clean? I just did it right now and it was very loud and shaking like crazy, probably because of its old age. I’ve had this slim since release the only problems I’ve come to face with is me having to hold it up vertically so it could read discs, I was hoping this would change that.

Alex Orozco - Reply

The fan ramps up at its maximum RPM so it's not uncommon for the systems noise level to increase during this process. However, my system has never rattled like you are describing. I wouldn't think preforming the test again would do any harm but if it's a real concern I'd recommend taking the system apart and cleaning it. The fan test will only remove loose dust/dirt/debris from the system. Anything that's been sitting in there for years will require a small amount of elbow grease to clean this filth.

You could try taking the top cover off, preforming the test and see if you can locate what might be causing the shaking.

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