Ok, so I've been reading through the various posts here, and I must say, first off, that there is a very impressive knowledge base, and I'm hoping that they can help me. This message is partially aimed towards RDC, who seems to know what's what about this type of thing. So let me start from the beginning.
I have a launch 60 GB PS3, and like most of us with a 60, I don't want to give it up the backwards compatibility. But, it's gotten the YLOD 3 times now, and I'm tired of reseating the soder points. The first time, worked for a few weeks, died again, redid it again, then I moved it out of its cubby hole in my entertainment center, to improve the air flow. The third time just happened, and it definitely over heated, thus the cause of my YLOD.
So, what I'm thinking of doing, since I am honestly sick of tearing this thing apart, is to take a hole saw, remove the innards of the system, and then drill two holes on the "bottom" of the PS3 (it's standing vertically now, I'm referring to the bottom as it sits horizontal, the solid, flat side) and wire and attach two 80 mm computer case fans to the outside. I realize it's a little extreme, and that I won't be able to lay it flat ever again, but I am really tired of reseating it, and I know that everytime it overheats, it damages the structure/ integrity of the electronics.
Anyone have any thoughts on this project, either good or bad, especially any issues that would prevent me doing this?? I can't see any reason why it shouldn't keep the PS3 ice cold forever. I'm not sure where to tap into a 12 V source for the case fans, and was curious if anyone could point me in the right direction. I've looked for a few hours, but haven't found anything reliable. These fans only need to be on while there is power, the open holes should do the trick once the system powers down. Or maybe someone has an easier way to help lower the heat? I read the fan mod, but I don't want to mess with the stock fan, and have it burn out, since it is a 4 year old system.Thanks for reading this and for your input. Looking forward to your replies.