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Ps3 no power no light

Help!!! my ps3 is completely dead. i got the YLOD and then try the reflow method. after that i assemble my ps3 together and now no power or lights at all. i thought it was my power supply so i bought a used good 1 from ebay but still nothing. i pretty much try everything i can think of ( switching cords, checking my cable ribbons inside, different outlets) so any ideas would be appreciated. thanks

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  • byang001 May 26, 2009

    yes i checked that, everything looks ok to me. i dont know what to do next...........any other ideas?

  • Anonymous May 26, 2009

    i have the exact same problem. Mine bombed out last week Friday (afterrnoon) in the middle of a game. It happens to a handful of playstations.

    I emailed Sony, they responded within 24 hours telling me to contact the 3rd party company responsible for importing/ building them in South Afica. i called this company who told me to contact another company who deal with the repairs only.

    this company's phone number is perminantly engaged.
    it might as well not exsist as i have called almost every half hour for an entire day to no avail.

    The impression i got from the online advise is that your playstation is basically over. try to claim from your insurance as a last resort as there is no promise you will get anything out.


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Have you checked the power is turned on at the back of the ps3?

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Easy,
1- check you BRD, may be the ribbon isn't properly inserted, this can cause the problem.
2- by reflowing the GPU, u may overheated it, nd thus u damaged the BGA chips, nd u really need to make a reball, maybe for both GPU nd CPU, u need to take it to someone who has knowledge with reballing ..

Good luck

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Yellow light of deth


Yellow Light of DeathThe "Yellow Light of Death" or YLOD is the common phrase people use to describe the following sequence when they try to turn on their PS3:

  • Press Power Button
  • Red Light Flashes Three Times
  • Yellow Light Flashes
  • Green Light Flashes
  • Beeps Three Times
  • Red Light Flashes

The sequence above may vary a bit but you do see the flashing yellow light (sometimes shows up as orange) that normally you would not see when operating your PS3. The YLOD is a general hardware fault that can mean a lot of things. However, one of the problems is cracked solder that leads the PS3 to think one of its internal chips is not connected or is broken somehow. Cracked solder can happen when the chips get too hot (RSX most likely) and leads the motherboard to start bending, which may crack the solder. Changing the power supply (lower the average wattage going to the chips to lower the heat) and better thermal compound (heat dissipates faster to the heatsink) may prevent this error from occurring. However, if your PS3 has already had the YLOD, then you can reflow your motherboard every few months to keep it working (but it is not a permanent fix as the YLOD usually comes back).

Oct 09, 2010 | 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...


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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Playstation 3 (PS3) Console: My husbands PS3 is frozen. It will not turn on at ...


if its under warranty send it off to sony and let them fix it. i do believe sony covers it for 1 yr from date of purchase. if its not under warranty it'll cost you $150 to have sony fix it. if you do send it off you may or may not get your original system. you could try local repair shop for they will be a bit cheaper. but if you wanna give it a shot you can try...

here it goes...
now you say it will not turn on at all. as funny as this sounds there is two type of "not turning on" one is where you go to turn it on and it beeps and the lights change colors. It end with 3 beeping noise with the red light blinking. the other is where you go to turn it on and its dead. no lights no sound nothing.

for the first "wont come on" it is known as YLOD also know as yellow light of death. you can check youtube and search for YLOD fixes or ps3 reflow to get some good video of people fixing their ps3. just know that it require you to strip down your ps3 to its motherboard. this method is not a guaranteed fix. i've heard the fixes last anywhere from 2 days to few months. so you have a lot of people selling off their fixed YLOD on ebay. if you send it off to sony i think they only cover for 30 days.

as for the second "not coming on" it could be that the power supply is damaged. this is one of the most common problem. its fairly easy to replace. the hardest thing is remembering where all the screws go when you open up your ps3. if you have access to another ps3 you could try swapping out the power supply along with the power cords and such. if that didn't work you may have more than 1 problem on *********** board which could have been linked with the YLOD problem. you could try fixing that like the videos on youtube.

some info....

The YLOD is a major hardware failure for the PlayStation 3. The specific cause is somewhat known, but Sony has not commented about this failure whatsoever. Some theories for the cause include: overheating (accelerated by dust build-up), blu-ray drive failure, bad power supply, and/or a hard drive critical error.

**UPDATE**

According to an eBay store that repairs YLOD PS3's, the hardware failure is caused by either/or of two things:

1. Hardware malfunction on the motherboard due to heating/cooling (solder physically cracking/breaking) which can be fixed by "reflowing", which is a fancy way of using a machine that has a super controlled (+ or - .5 degrees) hot air nozzle to re-melt the solder on the base of the defective chip to re-attach it.

2. The power supply has the failure in one of its capacitors or diodes. This can also be fixed by "reflowing" but it is harder to diagnose due to the need to chase down which one it is.

**According to this eBay store, this scenario is a much more difficult way to repair PS3's with the YLOD. They state they can only repair 8 out of 10 PS3's with the YLOD**

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

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On power up ps3 light goes green then goes flashing red


what you got is what is know as yellow lite of death --YLOD

this is the site i got the info from...
http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-General/Unofficia

l-Yellow-Light-of-Death-YLOD-Informative-Still-Thread-R/m-p/40726489

and you are not the only one to experience this. more and more ps3 owners are getting hit with this problem. your best bet will be to send it off to sony if its under warrenty for they'll fix it for free. but be cautious of this for they may even replace your system and you may not get your original system back. if its not under warrenty you'll get hit with an $150 charge.

The YLOD is a major hardware failure for the PlayStation 3. The specific cause is somewhat known, but Sony has not commented about this failure whatsoever. Some theories for the cause include:

overheating (accelerated by dust build-up), blu-ray drive failure, bad power supply, and/or a hard drive critical error.

**UPDATE**

According to an eBay store that repairs YLOD PS3's, the hardware failure is caused by either/or of two things:

1. Hardware malfunction on the motherboard due to heating/cooling (solder physically cracking/breaking) which can be fixed by

"reflowing", which is a fancy way of using a machine that has a super controlled (+ or - .5 degrees) hot air nozzle to re-melt the solder on the base of the defective chip to re-attach it.

2. The power supply has the failure in one of its capacitors or diodes. This can also be fixed by "reflowing" but it is harder to diagnose due to the need to chase down which one it is.

**According to this eBay store, this scenario is a much more difficult way to repair PS3's with the YLOD. They state they can only repair 8 out of 10 PS3's with the YLOD**

You know you have received the YLOD when the following occurs (Can

also be seen here):

* You power on the console.
* The console starts up normally for about 2-3 seconds,
* The console beeps 3 times while flashing a faint yellow light,
* The console continues to flash a red light.

you can try fixing the problem yourself but keep in mind that if you do you void the warranty. you can do a search on youtube for ps3 reflow.

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Ps3 60 g from ebay YLOD and other problems


hello i've had (something like this) before i tried fixing it it just went ylod, decided to reflow motherboard, then got it to work, for like 30 secs, the ps3 booted up then the fan went wild, and got a message the goes something like this "the ps3 is getting hot the system will shut down" then turns off, any idea?

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My Ps3 will not start


Don't listen the the above guy, he's on almost every problem trying to hock some crappy guide on eBay that you can find for free.

The YLOD as its called is common among early gen PS3s, of the CECHA and CECHB series, among others. Typically its a hardware failure, and can be as simple as the hard drive is corrupt and needs reformatting, to the most common cause, and thats the solder joints underneath the processor or graphics chip has come loose due to board flexing (Similar to the most common 360 RROD problem).

Fixing it is a matter of stripping down your PS3 using one of the FREELY available tutorials online (a good video version is HERE YouTube - PS3 YLOD Fix Part 1 of 2), using a cheap heat gun to reflow the solder by heating the 2 chips up (the heatgun I'm using is 750-1000 watts and was bought at Wal-mart for $22), letting it cool 20 minutes then putting it back together. I have rescued over ten different PS3s with this method without fail.

Also be sure to check with your local Radio Shack and but Arctic Silver thermal paste to use on the chips after reflow for heatsink dissipation. A tube costs roughly $10 with tax.

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YLOD...you got a big problem Yellow light of death...could be a cracked bga under the PS3 Cell or RSX processor, to fix you will need to reflow to fix this bga crack that´s causing this YLOD..reflow is a kind of resolder technique...you will have to use a smd air resoldering station...try to check your hdd..try to change it with another one...restore your ps3 system...tell me more details and I will support you...if your ps3 is still in warranty ask for recall...

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You got YLOD problem..and to fix it you will need to use a reflow technique.
search on youtube to find Ps3 rsx and cell reflow videos...

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Does a new power supply fix the YLOD on ps3?


YLOD can be PSU or system bus (reflow CPU and GPU). It is not however a HDD issue. Inorder for it to be an HDD issue you would have to damage the HDD in susch a way that there is a dead short between +5V and GND or +12V and GND. This is very unlikely.

Reason why it would do it with PSU is that 12V is present but under load can't supply enough current to run PS3 system so voltage drops and resets PS3 system, hence the reason why it can be turned on again everytime but resets itself and gives so called YLOD.

System bus problem (reflow CPU and GPU) system shuts it self down due to internal bus failure.

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