Would it be safe to put a hoover on the vents?

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  1. nofear01

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    This is a serious question - please no silly replies.

    I am getting so much dust gather on my ps3 lately, and rather than blowing it - I would consider putting the hoover pipe on the vents, what are the chances of this messing it up?
     
  2. stormy

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    Little to none, I would have thought you would be fine.
     
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    Just wipe it away and then use the fan cleaning trick assuming you have a 40/80Gb machine :confused:

    The only thing a hoover will do is scratch it if you run it along...thats all, nothing terrible lol
     
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    Yes, i took this option about a week ago instead of using the "fan test" method. :cool:

    But i made the mistake of scratching the top of the PS3 using the dyson nozzle, i should of used the brush attachment. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :(
     
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    How do you do the "fan test" and is it safe to do it it? I'm sure I've heard otherwise. :confused:
     
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    put an old pair of tights over the nozzle of the hoover, that way you wont scratch anything and you wont hoover up something you shouldnt..
     
  7. stormy

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    I think there are 2 different "fan tests" people speak of, one is blocking the vents up and forcing the PS3 to overheat and hence run the fans flat out, which is dangerous for the PS3 at best.

    The second seems to be an actual 'feature' of the 40Gb/80Gb PS3. I have done it twice and the PS3 has not blown up (yet). This also forces the fans to run at full pelt but obviously not by overheating the PS3.

    Shut down PS3, switch off the rocker on the back of the PS3, hold the eject button on the front panel and switch the rocker back on while holding the eject button. The PS3 will start up and run the fans at full belt for about 15-30 seconds before shutting down with a flashing red LED.

    Switch the rocker off again, wait a few seconds, switch it back on and boot the PS3 normally.

    No one seems to know the answer to if its official or otherwise but it seems to be a 'feature'.

    Don't hold me responsible if your PS3 melts. :) I seriously don't think it will though. All it seems to do is ramp the fans up to full speed for a few seconds, technically it might lower the life of the fans by a few miliseconds but my guess is if they are made to run that fast they are within spec.

    Make sure the vents are not restricted when you do this if you decide to do it.
     
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    Regular vacuums could generate a buildup of static electricity that could potentially damage the PS3. I wouldn't recommend using one.
     
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    I think you would have to have the worst luck in the world if that actually happened in reality.

    My PS3 is always statically charged and attracts a hell of a lot of dust to proove it. Hoovering the vents from the outside could potentially cause damage if the static manage to get to a component. I have stuck my hand in my PC time and time again and even hoovered the inside of it out plenty of times.

    I think that risk is very low from running a hoover on the outside of the vents. It is a risk though. Like crossing the road outside your house.

    The decision of course rests with the OP to weigh up the risk/benefit. :)
     
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    This isn't a problem as long as you leave your PS3 plugged in as it would be grounded. Don't you think the air being pushed by the fan, rushing past the plastic and metal that the PS3 is made of would also generate static electricity? ;)
     
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    I really can't imagine the static being a najor problem, I like the sound of the safe fan cleaning thing. I'm going to try that. It must be an inbuilt feature, the way its done seems like a built in feature.
     
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    To the Op,my missus been doing it for years:rolleyes:,it's good maintenance tbh.Dust is baaaad,lol
     
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    I think a hoover with a soft brush attachment is pretty safe - I've been doing it since launch day and no probs here. Your PS3 is human after all, and likes a good sucking as much as the next person.:D
     
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    you can`t honestly be worried about hoovering out the air vents?
    i must not love my ps3 enough
    :rotfl:
     
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    +1 :smashin:
     
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    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
     
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    We have a "Henry" vac and its perfect for ps3 because a) you can turn it to low suction and b) it comes with a soft brush attachment. Does a perfect job!
     
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    Thanks for your responses guys...
     
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    I just bought a new Sony LCD, and reading through the manual I noticed, "Periodic vacuuming of the ventilation openings is recommended to ensure to proper ventilation".

    One to too many I know, but that's what it says. So I reckon you should be OK. :smashin:
     
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    I hoover mine, just don't use a VAX:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
     
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    Just hoovered my 60Gb launch model. No ill effects.
     
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    Or a PDP-11 either! ;)


    (sorry, that's probably a bit old-geeky)
     
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    I hoover mine all the time lol. I actually have my PS3 facing vertically so gather a lot of dust in the side vents...i don't really know if it is safe but so far my PS3 is running fine lol.
     

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