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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?

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  • Jeremy Davis Sep 06, 2010

    Okay, thanks. I'll try one more reflow. I've done 2 so far. If that doesn't work I'll adjust the heat sink clamps. If that doesn't work I will assume that I'm screwed and use the rest for parts.

  • Jeremy Davis Sep 06, 2010

    I put some pennies under the heat sink clamps and it seems to turn on without holding everything together with my hands. So problem #1 solved, maybe. When it turns on the tv doesn't even recognize anything being plugged in (both HDMI and AV cable). I've tried holding the button down for 5 seconds, it doesn't do anything. I'm starting to think now that either the GPU isn't soldered down all the way or it's just bad.



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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

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

  • Kevin Penn Sep 06, 2010

    If the video reset doesn't work then it certainly sounds like the GPU may have died during the reflow. You have held the power button down until you hear the second beep? If that definitely doesn't work then it looks like you may have fried it :(



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