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PS3 (Playstation 3) Yellow Light Of Death REPAIR GUIDE

PS3 (Playstation 3) Yellow Light Of Death REPAIR GUIDE

Disclaimer: if your PS3 is still under
warranty then please send it back to them for repair.
DO NOT Try this repair IF IT IS STILL UNDER WARRANTY.
This Guide is for the repair of *********** boards only and
will not repair your power supply or read errors.
In this guide there is no guarantee you will fix
your ps3 and by following this Guide YOU take on full
responsibility for any damages caused by following this guide.


Tools needed
Heat gun .
Isopropyl alcohol.
Vacuum cleaner or compressed air can.
Phillips screw driver.
Flat Head screw driver or slotted torx bit.
Artic Sliver 5 (Radioshack)

1. Remove warranty sticker and rubber foot that’s
positioned above hard drive bay.
This will invalidate any warranty.
2. Using a small flat blade screw driver or slotted torx bit,
unscrew cover plate screw.
3. Slide cover plate towards the left until it stops and lift
off.
4. Remove all Phillips screws marked noting size and
position.
5. Hinge case towards you until disengaged and then tilt
towards the left. See below.
6. Remove ribbon cable by carefully lifting black part of
connector (locking tab).
7. Lift/tilt blue ray drive towards the right whilst
disconnecting power cable and the large ribbon (lift tab)
underneath.
8. Remove 5 screws and the earth wire screw on psu, and
unplug connector plug.
Before removal of psu unplug small bnc connector (black
wire) and remove tape on side of psu, now lift off psu.
9. Now remove the wide ribbon from connector (lift tab)
unscrew the four screws on the Bluetooth board and
remove.
10. Remove hard drive cover,
11. Unscrew blue hard drive screw and disengage hard
drive by sliding towards gap in the bay. .
12. Remove hard drive,
13. Unscrew 4 screws holding the bracket, on/off and
eject control panel.
Remove small ribbon (lift tab) and remove control panel.
14. Unscrew 8 screws,
15. Lift enclosure out of plastic base,
16. Now unclip black rear panel and remove.
17. Unscrew 4 screws and remove sprung brackets,
18. Lift of metal cover plate whilst allowing ribbons to
pass through gaps in plate without damage, see below.
(Taking note where heat sink rubbers are positioned).
19. Supporting fan assembly turn board over, remove
fan power connector and fan,
20. Remove 2 screws holding plate to hard drive
connector and unplug battery connector. See above.
Now remove plate.
21. Clean off old heat sink compound from the 2 main
processors using Isopropyl alcohol Or Artic Silver remover Faster Than alcohol)
making sure all traces of the old heat sink compound has gone.
22. Clean both touch plates on bottom of fan/heat sink
assembly with Isopropyl alcohol until all traces of the old
heat sink compound has gone.
23. Now using a vacuum cleaner or compressed air
blower get rid of all dust build up in the case and on all
component parts of the ps3 (pay special attention to the
fan assembly and heat sink fins(MUST BE CLEAR OF
DUST).

24. Place the ps3 mother board on a flat heat resistive
surface (kitchen work top or melamine shelf will be fine).
25. Turn heat gun on and set temperature to 350 deg
and the fan speed to low (to high and it will move the
surface mount bits).
Allow gun to get up to temperature before
continuing!!!!
Note (There is two Large Square Chips in the Middle of the board these are your CPU and GPU they both have two Black Rectangles Right Next to them. These are the Memory Chips. These are the only things you will be Heating Up on top and Bottom)
26. Using a circular motion hold heat gun over areas
outlined below (keep heat gun an inch above
board/components at all times).
27. CPU side first.
. After 15 to 20 seconds move onto the next area.
28. Once all marked areas have been heated/reflowed
on the mother board LEAVE for at least 10 to 15
minutes to cool.
(DO NOT MOVE MOTHER BOARD WHILE COOLING).
29. A popping noise may be heard during cooling, don’t
worry this is normal.
30. NON CPU side.
31. After 10 to 15 seconds move onto the next area.
32. Once all marked areas have been heated/reflowed
on the mother board LEAVE for at least 10 to 15
minutes to cool.
(DO NOT MOVE MOTHER BOARD WHILE COOLING).
33. A popping noise may be heard during cooling don’t
worry this is normal.
Heat sink compound still on in this picture, remove
before reflowing.
Heat sink rubber pads still on in this picture remove
before reflowing also hold ribbons out of way while reflowing;
You have just repaired you’re yloded ps3
mother board.
34. Now its time to apply new heat sink compound to
the 2 processors, when doing this its always best to
follow the manufacturers instructions but I believe the
process is the same with all types (please check
instructions that come with paste), before continuing
35. Now Get your Artic Silver 5
36. Place a Small amount of compound from top to bottom on the left hand side of
processor chip, now using a finger with some Plastic over the tip spread the
compound evenly and thinly over processor face (to much
is bad and not enough is also bad) the ideal amount is
when you can almost see through the paste.
37. Now repeat on the other processor.
38. NOW IT IS TIME TO REASEMBLE THE PS3.
RETRACE YOUR STEP IN REVERSE TO REBUILD
MAKING SURE ALL RIBBON CABLES HAVE BEEN
FULLY INSTERTED INTO CONNECTORS AND LOCKED
DOWN IN. (TABS).

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Yellow light of death


Hello there Ahmed
If you have the yellow light of death, this means the chips inside your PS3 have lost connection to the Motherboard, there are several ways to fix this problem and get back to gaming.
Solution 1 Send the console to Sony they will fix the problem if your in warranty.If your not in warranty than it will cost you $150, the process will take about 4-6 weeks and all saved data may be lost.
Solution 2Fixing the problem with a PS3 repair guide Max cost $40 cheaper than repair and replacement price.
CONTACT SONY
FIND A VERY GOOD PS3 REPAIR GUIDE
Hope this helps
Let me know if you need any help

Dec 15, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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i think it called yellow death lite


Welcome to Fixya

YLOD or yellow light of death (indicated by the flashing yellow light). When you are Experiencing Problems with the PS3 like this you mainly have 2 options to take.


Option 1

Send The PS3 to Sony

Almost all problems with the PS3 Sony can fix easily if not they will send you a refurbished model.

Price:

If your in warranty they will not charge you for this repair/replace.

If your out of warranty the Charge will be $150

Waiting Time:

4-6 weeks

Sony Contacts right here



Option 2

The PS3 Repair guide

When your suffering problems with the PS3 its often easy enough to fix it at home with a good ps3 repair guide. There famous for fixing major problems like:

The YLOD - Yellow light of death/ Red light error

The Disk Read error

The Hard disk Corruption error

The Red Screen of death - Serious error

PS3 Freeze up Error

PS3 No Signal Error - no display

FIX All error messages


But not everyone knows they can fix simple settings problems like all error messages and the no display error, av and hdmi screen problems and more.

Price: averages between $40 - $60

Wait time: instant download and repair within 2 hours


I really hope I provided you information to fix your problems with the PS3 and get back to gaming soon as possible.


Thank you!

Jan 10, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

1 Answer

Briefly turns on beeps flashes yellow and turns off


Welcome to Fixya

YLOD or yellow light of death (indicated by the flashing yellow light). When you are Experiencing Problems with the PS3 like this you mainly have 2 options to take.


Option 1

Send The PS3 to Sony

Almost all problems with the PS3 Sony can fix easily if not they will send you a refurbished model.

Price:

If your in warranty they will not charge you for this repair/replace.

If your out of warranty the Charge will be $150

Waiting Time:

4-6 weeks

Sony Contacts right here



Option 2

The PS3 Repair guide

When your suffering problems with the PS3 its often easy enough to fix it at home with a good ps3 repair guide. There famous for fixing major problems like:

The YLOD - Yellow light of death/ Red light error

The Disk Read error

The Hard disk Corruption error

The Red Screen of death - Serious error

PS3 Freeze up Error

PS3 No Signal Error - no display

FIX All error messages


But not everyone knows they can fix simple settings problems like all error messages and the no display error, av and hdmi screen problems and more.

Price: averages between $40 - $60

Wait time: instant download and repair within 2 hours


I really hope I provided you information to fix your problems with the PS3 and get back to gaming soon as possible.


Thanks!

Dec 28, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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the yellow light of death has appeared what can i do?


Sorry, I'm copy and pasting my answer to you:

You have the Yellow light of death. The YLOD is the Red Rings of Death, except for the PS32_bing.gif.

I recommend Wiredextreme.com to service your system (if it's out of warranty). About half the price of a Sony2_bing.gif repair and you get YOUR system back, unlike when you send it to Sony2_bing.gif where you get some other random refurbished system. WE has a automatic 90-day warranty, the same as Sony, but WE also gives you the option to extend the warranty up to 4 years. the WE warranty covers the entire system, not just what they fixed on it.

If it is still under warranty, set up a service request with Sony using these instructions:

http://playstation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/106/session/L3NpZC9UTFFuUjNWag==

Make sure you erase all of your personal info off of your PS3 and follow the instructions on the page above.

Good luck!

Oh, and if you send your system in to Sony, you will get a different copy of the game that is stuck in your system packaged separately and later than when you will get your system back from Sony.

Feb 16, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

3 Answers

red light of death


That common problem is the Yellow Light of Death and the Blinking Red Light on the PS3, which can easily be repaired from home (D.I.Y), rather than from Sony. I have also noticed that many others problems have arisen on the PS3, which can also be repaired from your own home! Click here

Jun 30, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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