Originally Posted by smuddge
thanks for the reply
not my ps3 slim. it is a 9 year old's. it was never opened and thus never tampered with and has never been modded.
He's probably lying out of his ass. If he just recently bought that and it didn't work out of the box, he'd return it based on his retailer's return policy and product warrancy. He wouldn't seek help from someone he'd have to pay for the repairs.
Ask him did he do anything dubious to it, like spill liquids on it, store it in a moist place, or store it in extreme temperatures. If it wasn't opened (I judge that by your vocational expertise, you'd be able to tell by the seal), then it must've been an environmental cause.