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VeGiTAX2 Apr 18, 08
Independent repair shop testing found the source of the problem to be a weak solder joint to the PCB that breaks down over time and eventually sparks. Wiggling the cable or plugging and unplugging it repeatedly over time accelerated the process.

I'm not really sure about the overall use required to generate it though, most of my consoles are stationary so they don't see a lot of cable abuse.
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x_revenge Apr 19, 08
wonder how big the fire was...if it was big enough to envelop the whole house imagine what would happen if it happened in a block of flats...
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iamjoe56 Apr 19, 08
Well, there IS something to be said for reading the frickin manual. It does cover this kind of stuff, like how NOT to place it next to flammable objects, etc.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 19, 08
@x_revenge

The house is still standing. I'll include a photo.
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VeGiTAX2 Apr 19, 08
They don't do much to talk about ventilating the power brick really. People generally ended up talking about putting it on ends against the wall for it to have full circulation and whatnot. I mean it's pretty bulky but it seems like even if it has around 4" of space around, it should be decent for crammed spaces.

For the original Xbox though, they never really went on to talk about how the solder job was poor and would spark if you traveled your system around too much or plugged the power cord in too many times.
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Guest Apr 19, 08
thank god all that stuff is inside the ps3. cant risk losin my plasma 2 a fire.
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The Slayer Apr 19, 08
Wow, thats only about an hour from my house. I have my power 'brick' at the edge of my desk next to my wall, but I probalby dont play it long enough for it to overheat or anything. And with only 4 of them causing problems, I'm not worried.

Anatomyofme, theres still a chance that can happen to your PS3. Just because its inside the console dosnt mean its better. The reason its outside on the xbox is to keep everything cooler.
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iamjoe56 Apr 19, 08
The manual does say to make sure any and all exhaust ports or blockage free. lol. Anyone with half a brain would notice that the Power brick has ports, and might need some breathing room!
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oni_hero Apr 19, 08
Sucks for them, but hey, it does tell you how to avoid things like this in the manual... Although the infant death is pretty messed up....

And Anatomyofme, if your plasma does get destroyed because of your PS3...please message me, I would find it hilarious that one overpriced object destroyed a much better overpriced object.
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iamjoe56 Apr 19, 08
I Classify the PS3 as a grill that plays games. As it runs even hotter'n a 360.
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THM Apr 19, 08
The PS3's internal heat is not that bad considering the mighty power of seven cores and Blu-ray drive.

I mean Xbox 360 generates heat similar to the oven and more importantly, the cooling fan of Xbox 360 is significantly louder than the Boeign 747's take off. The PS3's cooling fan is whisper quiet!!!

Morover, the PS3s still don't have the malfunction recalls by Sony. The Xbox 360s have had 'Red Death Ring' problems every where until nowadays.
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Zeon I Apr 19, 08
Great, now even when I get my 360, I can't even bring it places.
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x_revenge Apr 20, 08
i've purchased an external cooler
cost me 10 euros but it does it's job, my 360 doesn't ever overheat (i check often, the heat isn't that big)
the external one has 3 fans and you put it at the back of the 360, where the cable that connects it to the power cord is
but this wouldn't be any help at all in this situation, huh...
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Bill Gates03 Apr 20, 08
Is this kind of similar to the "I spilled McDonald's hot coffee on me while I was driving, even though it says on the cup HOT HOT HOT, so I sue McDs."???

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