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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Green Yellow Red Lights
One of the YLOD threads (go search for it if you want to see the details) states that one of the eBay companies that repairs PS3s has determined that most of the YLOD errors are caused by solder failures due to repeated heating/cooling cycles. The solder cracks and the contact to the chip/component is lost, thus the system shuts down. The fix according to this thread is to re-flow the solder (essentially reconnecting the components). They stated that about 80% of the YLOD problems were resolved by this method. The problem apparently is either on the mobo or in the power supply. I'm not stating that this is gospel truth, but it's what I've read in other threads on this forum and it makes sense.
Posted on Feb 26, 2009
The problem is known as a YLOD on the PS3 or Yellow Light of Death. Your PS3 is most probably a 60gb model as they are mostly known for this issue. The PS3 is fitted with a very good cooling system. Unfortunately some of the 60gb models still overheats (either the GPU or CPU). This causes the YLOD and is very similar to the XBox' s Red Ring of Death.
The best is to return the PS3 if still under guarantee. You can attempt to repair it yourself at own risk. There are no statistics on how long the fix lasts. Most of the YLOD consoles I repaired myself are still holding out and it seems the fix is more permanent than the Xbox 360 fix. Here is a link to the guide that must be followed and it works (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Ic1_TY-GU) The other parts in the series you will find on the same page. There are 7 parts
After the fix a couple of things can be done to prevent future overheating:
Do not keep the PS3 in a confined space.
Keep it away from dust.
To enhance airflow, remove the cover over the HDD when switching it on.
Switch it off when not playing.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
This is the yellow light of death i got it some time ago and had to buy a new ps3 there is a way to fix it but i costs more than a new ps3 i had to buy a new one so your screw lol.
Posted on Dec 06, 2009
That usually indicates a processor failure
It will need service. If it's under warranty , send it to Sony service.
If not check the web for repair people
Posted on Oct 12, 2010
SOURCE: My PlayStation 3 turned off
Unfortunately what you are describing is known as the Yellow Light of Death (YLOD). This indicates a general hardware failure normally due to overheating. When these PS3's were produced Sony decided to use lead free solder. The problem with lead free solder is that it is not as flexible as leaded solder but it is cheaper and more environmentally friendly. When the console gets hot and cools down hairline cracks appear within these solder joints and a good electrical contact cannot be made. This then causes the console to fail. It could be on a number of different components including the CPU, GPU or memory. There is a temporary cure that may or may not work but ultimately the console will need to be repaired professionally or replaced. If it is out of warranty Sony will not replace it but will offer a refurbished unit for around £130. If you look on Youtube for Yellow light of death fix there is a way that you can re-heat the solder joints using a heat gun but if you are not confident taking apart electrical items then this really may not be something you want to try.
I am sorry I cant give you any better news but unfortunately it is a very common problem with the PS3
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Posted on Oct 30, 2010
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