New PS3 Owners Discover Noisy, Defective Console Batch

Although the PlayStation 3 console has had a reliable track record for almost half a year, some new owners of the PS3 are complaining that a recent batch of 60GB consoles is exhibiting a high-pitched "whine" noise. Some report that the whine noise comes only when the console is running Folding@home, while others say that the sound is constant, whether the machine is idle, playing a game or watching a movie. The "whining" PlayStation 3 consoles were narrowed down to a specific batch by serial number, mostly sold by EB Games in Canada. Those who have had noisy machines report serial numbers in the CE133190xxx and CE133212xxx series manufactured in January 2007. Calls to Sony PlayStation tech support found no one aware of the problem, though through the collaboration of PlayStation forum users, the issue appears to be isolated only to a small batch from a recent production run.

News source: DailyTech

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its not just Canada, im in Ireland and mine has a high-pitched “whine” noise when running F@H!
Im sure it also happens when playing games, but i wouldn't here it above the in-game sound/music :P

Funny since i started typing this the sound has stopped, i hope it doesn't come back :)

frick its back :(
Oh well at least it doesn't bother me much!

This was expected (at least by myself anyways). Consoles usually have some type of hardware defect in their first few months in the public domain. It's one of the reasons I didn't get one yet.

Sony shouldn't be worried about Canada when speaking about the Playstation 3. I have yet to see the retail box for a Playstation 3, there is never a Playstation 3 at any of the stores I drop in at every week.