A bad batch of PlayStation 3 machines captured in the wild
Even though PlayStation 3 consoles have been on the market barely six months, reliability data thus far has been quite good, especially when compared to the competition. However, some new owners of PlayStation 3 are complaining that a recent batch of 60GB consoles is exhibiting a high-pitched “whine” noise (.wav audio file available here).
More new owners of PS3s joined the discussion to report similar experiences with their new consoles. 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.
Participants of the forum thread eventually narrowed the “whining” PlayStation 3 consoles 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.