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    My Great find or a wasted $50?

    I recently acquired another PS3 bringing my PS3 count up to 4. A co-worker of mine found this one while cleaning out a Verizon store after they moved. He plugged it in and it didn't power on so he brought it in to me to take a look. A model CECHE01, I was excited. Looking at it the top half of the case was not fastened down and there were no screws so i looked inside. Very dusty and dirty but looked like everything was there and in good shape. I took it home and plugged it in (and flipped the power switch in the back) and it turned right on :-) I got half a woody now at this point. I log into a user and scroll to system information and now i'm full on hard because the system firmware is 3.41 OFW Next i insert a disk but it doesn't show up in XMB. Not a big deal for what i plan on doing with it. So I turn it off because it is filthy and I don't want to keep it on for a long period of time until i gut it and clean it. So I offer the guy 50 dollars because its bluray drive doesn't work and no accessories with it.

    After collecting three more months of dust I finally tear it apart to clean it this past Friday. when I got to the motherboard I was shocked to find the Processors had no thermal paste and looked to have been wiped completely clean! Good thing I didn't leave the system on for long periods of time! So now I'm wondering why. Did somebody tear it apart to fix the bluray player and were complete morons and thought it was gunked up and wipe it clean? Or maybe someone tried to temporarily fix a bigger issue? Or maybe a combination of the two. the security bit was completely ignored, and the case was torn off breaking some clips. Anyway i cleaned out all the dust and was hoping blowing out the drive would be enough to get it working (but wasn't) , and applied thermal paste. Plugged it in and after a few minutes The XMB froze up. turned it back on and ran a few more minutes and it seemed to be fine again.

    So now was hoping to get some input from more experienced members. I want to install CFW and get everything off of the hard drive but am worrying about the system freezing in the process. Do you think it would be wise to send it off to be re-balled or maybe just try to run it some more to see how it acts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretecork View Post
    I recently acquired another PS3 bringing my PS3 count up to 4. A co-worker of mine found this one while cleaning out a Verizon store after they moved. He plugged it in and it didn't power on so he brought it in to me to take a look. A model CECHE01, I was excited. Looking at it the top half of the case was not fastened down and there were no screws so i looked inside. Very dusty and dirty but looked like everything was there and in good shape. I took it home and plugged it in (and flipped the power switch in the back) and it turned right on :-) I got half a woody now at this point. I log into a user and scroll to system information and now i'm full on hard because the system firmware is 3.41 OFW Next i insert a disk but it doesn't show up in XMB. Not a big deal for what i plan on doing with it. So I turn it off because it is filthy and I don't want to keep it on for a long period of time until i gut it and clean it. So I offer the guy 50 dollars because its bluray drive doesn't work and no accessories with it.

    After collecting three more months of dust I finally tear it apart to clean it this past Friday. when I got to the motherboard I was shocked to find the Processors had no thermal paste and looked to have been wiped completely clean! Good thing I didn't leave the system on for long periods of time! So now I'm wondering why. Did somebody tear it apart to fix the bluray player and were complete morons and thought it was gunked up and wipe it clean? Or maybe someone tried to temporarily fix a bigger issue? Or maybe a combination of the two. the security bit was completely ignored, and the case was torn off breaking some clips. Anyway i cleaned out all the dust and was hoping blowing out the drive would be enough to get it working (but wasn't) , and applied thermal paste. Plugged it in and after a few minutes The XMB froze up. turned it back on and ran a few more minutes and it seemed to be fine again.

    So now was hoping to get some input from more experienced members. I want to install CFW and get everything off of the hard drive but am worrying about the system freezing in the process. Do you think it would be wise to send it off to be re-balled or maybe just try to run it some more to see how it acts?
    Play it till it fails good find, clean the laser with alcohol, might fix that issue your having there.

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    If you can get it fully working, it will be a great deal. I'm currently using a CECHE01. I originally had a CECHA01 that YLOD'd on me. Then a CECHH01 that sounded like a vacuum cleaner. I'm satisfied with it. I would recommend looking on ebay for a new shell casing for it. I would only get it reballed if it breaks.

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    I tried to install 3.55 OFW and I get error :-( at 78% an error occured during the update operation restsart the system and perform the update again 8002F14E
    tried it twice and I checked the MD5 of 3.55 OFW before installing.

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    http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/5...+code+8002F14E
    well looks like im out of luck now until I fix this bluray player. Hope cleaning the lens works or else im in completely new territory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretecork View Post
    http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/5...+code+8002F14E
    well looks like im out of luck now until I fix this bluray player. Hope cleaning the lens works or else im in completely new territory.
    Try reading post #19 in this thread and try that first

    http://www.ps3hax.net/showthread.php?t=61538&page=2

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    Thanks, but I rechecked the connections to the drive and the clip is busted and doesn't lock down. so I reseated the cable and tried to secure it the best i could and trying to install again before ripping the drive out to open it to clean it. I will try that after. I am trying to save whats on the hard drive :-)

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    Success!!!!!

    I think it would be wise not to flash again until I fix this clip. Anyone have a bad motherboard that would like to sell me this clip?

    Ahh to hell with it. its only 50 bucks. a few more flashes cant hurt. lol
    Last edited by concretecork; 02-08-2014 at 03:11 PM. Reason: clip

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    I can pull one off a board and send it to you.

    Sent from my SCH-R530C using Tapatalk
    If you feel I helped click the like button!!!

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    im in canada but i also could send you a clip. i have a few gutted ps3's i parted out

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