Quite Recently my Release model PS3 80GB had just gotten the Yellow light of Death. After contacting Playstation they mentioned that i could send it in for repairs, or trade it in, and as a bonus, they would take out the cd stuck inside ( my version does not have manual eject). Howver After the phone call, i can only assume that the agent had not realised i lived in Canada, and that my ps3's warranty was long expired, which leads to the fact that i cannot have it repaired as Playstation does not repair ps3 out of warranty in Canada. I have a Cd stuck inside, and my HDD which is unaccessbble.
Should i attempt to Open my PS3 and apply new thermal Paste/ solution onto my GPU and CPU ( with a proper intructional guide ) / temporarily save my HDD and continue using that PS3 or should i attempt to repair my PS3 and buy a new one anyways to transfer the memory to the new one.( incase it dies again).
My second debate is this: MY PS3 has every original Receptor ports, you know that flap next to the disc drive? well it used to cover Three media ports for camera sticks,etc. Furthermore my PS3 has 4 ports. With a new ps3 i will be losing the media bar and 2 USB ports. Should i risk continuing to use the Supposedly fixed PS3 or buy a new one and keep using the Original PS3 occasional for media and so on.
I dont want to buy a New ps3 as im very pleased with my original model and that i dont wanto to blow 250+CAD$, however i have to be realistic to the fact that it is 5 years old, and i should move onto a new (safer) Ps3 and loose the Media bar, and 2 USB ports.
Thanks for anyone who can offer advice,
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If you're comfortable taking electronics apart, then go for it. You don't really have a lot to lose. I believe there are also other vendors that you may be able to ship to. I've never used their services so I can't comment on the quality, but Gophermods or Endless Electronics can handle PS3 repairs.
If you decide to buy a newer model PS3, you can always by a media bar that will give you the card slots found on the earlier models.
Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/POWER-Media-Expansion-Slim-P