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YLOD FiX (Do it yourself Solution.)

YLOD can be caused by a few things, this solution covers the "Sepereted CPU/GPU FiX"

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If you are getting the YLOD or yellow light I will run through what causes it and how you can fix it.


The yellow light is caused by internal overheating and the main chips that take the damage are the GPU and the CPU.

You need to stop the heat build up and you will be able to get back to gaming again.


You can either send the console back in for repair and they will fix it for you, however it will take about 4 weeks to get this done and it will cost about $150 for the repair!

Quicker Solution:

For a faster way to fix it you can use a good YLOD Repair guide that will show you with videos how to stop the heat build up and get back to gaming.

The important thing is to make sure that you get a guide that is up to the job!

I have put together a list of the best PS3 Repair guides and a complete review below:

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Hope this helps.

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Sep 06, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I repaired my Dad's PS3 (YLOD) by heating up the CPU & GPU then putting some Artic Silver on the processors. It worked. So I decided I was going to buy someones broken (YLOD) PS3 for about $40 I did the same thing and made sure I did it right. I'm still getting the YLOD until I physically compress the uncased system in my hands. I then get what I believe is the normal boot up green light then accompanied by a steady blue light, I then plugged in the video cables and get no picture. My first question; is there any way I can get the system to have no problem without physically holding the board to the heat sinks? Maybe I have to put some washers to make the heat sink closer??? Also, how would I get the picture to come up?

Ok first the heating up. You may find that the reflow did not quite get hot enough to melt the solder back onto the ball grid arrays enough. You could try another reflow and see if this works however every time you do a reflow you risk permanently damaging the CPU/GPU. The other thing you could try is bending the heat sink clamps a little to apply more pressure on the CPU/GPU but again this could cause more damage.

Secondly the display. If this reset sequence does not work then you have probably damaged the GPU in the reflow process :-

Step 1. Turn the PS3 off into standby (red light on)

Step 2. Press and hold the power button. It will beep as soon as you press it and then about 5 seconds later it will beep again. Let go of the power button when you hear this second beep.

Step 3. Wait for your PS3 to start.

This solution basically resets the video output back to standard definition.

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Sep 06, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My playstation won't turrn on and it wont let me take the disk out

PS3 Red/Yellow Light

If you are seeing this error it is because the GPU and the CPU have overheated and you will need to stop the heat to fix this. You can send the console in and they will fix it for you but it does take about 4 weeks to fix.

You can quite easily fix this with a few household tiems from home.

Check out this link for a full solution:

PS3 Red Lights Fix

Oct 04, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Have the same problem with my 40gb system after 2 years...

I fix ti!!!!, Use a heat gun over the cpu and gpu 15 seconds per section at 350° C, then replace the thermal compound and you got it!!!! It works I did it!!!, you can see more details at youtube search for ps3 YLOD fix part 1 gilsky.

Sep 07, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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when i turn my ps3 on the light turns green then beeps then turns yellow and finally flashes red. is there any way to fix this without sending it to sony?

Hi, this is what is refered to the YLoD. it is the same thing as the dreaded RROD for the 360's. The only way to fix this is to take it all apart all the way down to the CPU and GPU, and put new thermal paste on it. This is caused from the GPU and the CPU thinking they are overheated(because the heatsink has become separated from the chips).If you don't want to take it to Sony or a repair shop, there are several you-tube videos on how to fix it for free.

Aug 20, 2009 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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