I guess I tried to get if off and it was stuck so tightly I couldn’t tell it wasn’t part of the heatsink. How could I be so blind! Right you are v8s10. I had a complete Homer moment. DOOHHH!!! So now I will proceed to slap my forehead repeatedly. Then repeat.
Seriously, thank you for your astute observation. I just disassembled everything and it took a razor blade to pry the little bugger off of there. Man it was on there tight. So, yea that was stupid. To top it all off after placing the temp probe under the heat spreader (which was there all along, hiding in plain sight) I ran out of AC MX-4; Murphy's Law in full effect. I had something else lying around and put that on (just for testing.) So I will need to pick up another tube of MX-4.
Oh, the air coming out the back now is quite warm, more like I remember. So disregard the crap I said aboave. Cool air coming out the back is bad. I hope I didn't just make $230 mistake. Also I noticed, some poping sounds. Hopefully it's just the screws and heatsink settling in, and not the solder balls. Oh that's a scary thought. I'm gonna have nightmares about the YLOD for sure...
PS: Now my head hurts too, not just my pride.
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Originally Posted by RIP-Felix
After an hour, I quit and let it idle for another 15 mins before shutting it down. After a while, I rebooted and watched an eposode of x-files on netflix, then went to bed. In the morning, I turned the PS3 on and left it to idle all day while I went to work. I'm going to call that it's burn in period.
I guess if it does get the YLOD we can call this it's burn to death period.