I have a PS3 slim 120GB that was softmodded using a flasher. Months ago, the console had a drop and front first hit the ground rather harshly. The console worked fine for a few weeks but one day it suddenly started crashing randomly, usually with flickering lines on screen. At first I figured it was a software problem and that I may have installed something corrupt, but I reinstalled the firmware multiple times, used different USB drives, used different firmware versions, tried formating the HDD and even tried different HDDs. The console just kept crashing. What's weird is that the crashes are in no way consistent. Sometimes I can play a game for hours without crashing and sometimes the console crashes so much I can barely navigate. I have had the console crash during a game, on the XMB and even on the recovery menu... After stashing the PS3 for a long time I finally feel like going an extra mile to fix it. Since the PS3 does function and the crashes are random I find it very likely that the problem is some kind of contact issue within the console. Maybe a connector got loose or a solder joint got cracked. Anyway, I was reading some articles about the oven fix method used to treat YLODs on older models and I was wondering, if a solder joint did indeed crack, whether or not it would be a good idea to place the PS3s motherboard into an oven and hope that whatever disconnections iron themselves out. If I connect my PS3 to my TV via HDMI, the clicky sounds while navigating menus make annoying crackling sounds as well. I don't know if that has something to do with my TV but I thought I should mention it. If I press any buttons once the console has crashed I can sometimes hear the XMB despite nothing moving on screen. Is there anything I should do first? Or next? I don't really want to tear the console apart with no knowledge whatsoever.