I work with hardware for a living and often times interesting things land on my desk. Some of them only need a little tune-up, others... are destined for the landfill. This saddens me - I don't like throwing hardware in the bin when it still has a spark of life in it, so I sit down with my tools and get to work - let's call it "ultra-recycling". Today was one of those days.
From the moment I gazed upon this poor girl I knew she had a rough life. The shell was partially missing, the back end was twisted and the top was dented, so I suspect that it was thrown. Hard. Upon connecting it to a display I saw signs of life - good news, the motherboard seemed undamaged, but the fan was whirling like a hurricane and the system was stuck in Safe Mode. It was time to investigate.
My god... Dust, rust, total carnage... but... the motherboard works. I remembered that I had a spare PS4 with the opposite problem - a nearly mint shell, innards that I've already cleaned, but with a bad motherboard. It was time for a transplant, and I got right to it. After much dusting and scrubbing I've removed the debris and as much oxidation as alcohol wipes could. Next it was time for a healthy helping of Noctua NT-H2, some assembly and a firmware reinstall...
What a beauty. But... Does it work?
Yes, yes it does. Another one saved.
What's the point in sharing this? What's the moral of the story? One man's trash is another man's treasure. Before you get rid of your "junk" system, give it a look. It will serve you well, if you treat it right. A little TLC goes a long way.
EDIT: Added a picture of a previous project, a PS3 Phat delid.
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