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PS3 has YLOD. It's a 40gb model, 2 yrs. old. I pulled it apart, used a heat gun to reheat the CPU and GPU. I put it back together and it worked for a few days. Then YLOD again. Tried the fix a second time, only it's still dead. What are my options?

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I've done this successfully using a method close to actually Sony's from what I've been told. First take your time on unassembling and assembling the parts as most owners attempting this have broken other things while handling it. When you strip the motherboard bare with no cables attached. Heat in the oven for 7 minutes on about 410 degrees. Its best to put it on a flat pan first. Then, let it cool for awhile and heat for another 4 minutes. Stay close to the oven and you will smell the motherboard melting a bit(if it starts smoking turn it off immediately and turn the fans on) Let it cool overnight because if you handle it while it's still hot, you will break connections on other parts of the motherboard. I've fixed mine 3 months ago and also got a 120 slim version as a gift (still unopened lol because I fixed my old). And the old one is still working. Another important thing you should do on your fixed or next ps3 is to go to settings and turn on the "automatic shutoff when inactive for an hour" feature. Hope this helps!
FYI Using heatguns don't last a long time, mine is going 3months +

Posted on Dec 03, 2010

  • Beung Kim Dec 03, 2010

    Oh also get a thermal compound called arctic silver and reapply to the 2 chips with a credit card or something flat. Take the old compound off carefully with an approved solvent, (I used my nails to scratch it off).

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This will only fix certain motherboard issues. This fix will solve YLOD issues cased by the system getting so hot the CPU / GPU or direct chipsets get shifted. This fix uses a heat gun to heat up the CPU / GPU and direct chipsets and allows them to fall back in place.

I used a standard heat gun (dual, High, Low settings). Check the temp on it though. You want it around 700-750 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Make sure you have a clean work area. With PLENTY OF LIGHT, I used my kitchen counter.
Have places to sit parts out of the way.
Have the right tools, you don't want to strip every screw.
Get a ground strap in addition to the tools outlined.
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I used a standard heat gun (dual, High, Low settings). Check the temp on it though. You want it around 700-750 degrees Fahrenheit.

Some Additional Tips Not In The Guide:
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  • Make sure you have enough time to take it apart and put it back together. It will take about an hour maybe an hour and a half. You don't want to take it apart then try to put it back together the next morning.
  • Make sure you have a clean work area. With PLENTY OF LIGHT, I used my kitchen counter.
  • Have places to sit parts out of the way.
  • Have the right tools, you don't want to strip every screw.
  • Get a ground strap in addition to the tools outlined.
  • Have several containers to keep the screws in, one for each level of "disassembly" is what I used.
  • Careful getting the first rubber foot off, I trashed mine.
  • Keep track of where the coarse threaded vs. fine threaded screws come from. The coarse threaded screws generally screw directly into the plastic chassis.
  • Clean the pieces as you disassemble the PS3, a vacuum with a hose attachment and canned air work great. Stubborn dust bunnies may require a paper towel dampened with alcohol.
  • Keep the work area clean as you work. Be careful not to vacuum any screws. This will insure no dust (or pet hair) get into the new thermal CPU compound which could severely effect it's performance.
  • When you get inside the system get a sniff of your power supply, if it smells burnt, this fix MAY not work.
  • A few minor steps are missing from the guide, but they are fairly easy to figure out.
  • Careful with the ribbon cables, each one has a clip to hold them on. Some release the opposite way of others.
  • Righty tighty, lefty loosey!
  • When assembling the PS3 make sure you have all the cables where they should be as you put it together. You don't want to have to take it back apart a bit to get a cable where it's supposed to be. Be sure ports meet the port-holes as they are supposed to. Over all everything should have a tight fit.
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