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How do I reflow the motherboard and fix the ylod? What are the steps?

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Hi there. I use flux every time I do a reflow. The reason for this is that it helps the molten solder flow much better and stops oxidation of the solder which can cause bad solder joints. The whole point of a reflow is to "mend" the hairline cracks that have appeared in the solder under the GPU and the CPU. Without flux this is harder to do. As to where you put the flux, you need to actually put around 4-5 drops on one side of the GPU and CPU and then tilt the motherboard so it runs underneath the chips. Do that for each side. Do not worry if the flux goes on other components, if you use "no clean" flux this is fine and will not do any damage. You basically need to make sure that the GPU and CPU are thoroughly "wet" underneath them where they are soldered onto the motherboard.

If a second reflow does not work or the fan speed increases to maximum after only being on for a short time then it is highly likely that the GPU or CPU have actually been permanently damaged from either the reflow or the original overheating. Only a replacement is going to fix this.

Also make sure you hold the air gun about an inch away from the chips for around 20 seconds. If you have a heat gun you can set to around 300 degrees celsius, all the better. If your heat gun is one that does not have adjustable heat settings, be very careful how long you heat the GPU and CPU up for. More heat means less time heating the chips

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Posted on Feb 12, 2011

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This may be normal and may also suggest danger. I don't know the atmosphere where you are running your PS3, if this hot and congested, try to put it in a cool corner or an airy place just to check, that the response is same or the fan is normal. If that remains the same, then there is a 100% chance that your GPU is heating up. Your issue is probably the thermal paste on your CPU & GPU has dried up and needs to be replaced. I would advise you stop using your PS3 until you have this done or you risk getting the YLOD.
And never put some fan or vacuum cleaner like thingy near, the exhaust mechanism is out-wards in PS3 and throwing air in, creates hurdle for the default fan.
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Auto System Update gets always the error code 8002F1F9 and still persists... And whenever I close the PS3, it does it again...

Okay from what I have researched on this problem its some sort of YLOD effect (Yellow Light Of Death). Here is what you do I have a link to my step-by-step on how to fix the problem, but instead of reflowing the 4 small sections you need to reflow the whole board. It will be very time consuming but from what I understand it has worked for quite a few people. Let me know if you need more help.

Mar 06, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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The PS3 freezes and then shuts down, tried all the trouble shooting ideas from manuel and not working. ie cleaned and vacumed the outside of the console re-booted it, let it sit for a few days and tried...

It maybe the start of the yellow light of death (YLOD). If it's within warranty take it back for a repair. If not your machine could be in for a bit of open heart surgery. This happened to my machine a few months ago I then searched the web for a cure. I ended up opening my machine and performing a Reflow on the motherboard. If you're technical or know someone who likes taking things apart you can do this yourself in an hour. Go to this website for info MIC-B.COM. Then go to REPAIRS - MOST POPULAR ARTICLES - PS3 YLOD DIY REFLOW. Follow the online steps and hopefully your machine will burst back into life.
Best of luck...

Mar 03, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 turns greenlight then goes yellow and keeps flashing red don't want to switch on how do i fix it

This is called the YLOD. It happens by the system overheating and the solder holding the cpu and gpu to the motherboard is loosened. The only way to fix this is to void the warranty and take the system apart and reflow the motherboard or send it back to Sony for $150.00.

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

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I had the same problem but what i heard helped a little bit

1. it is possibble that it was caused by the hardrive failing or it being diconnected from the console
2. amother thing that might of happened has to do with the soldering on the motherboard that needs to be reflowed through a repair center that specializes in this kind of stuff

Jul 21, 2010 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) 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...


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.


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.

May 11, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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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?

Apr 18, 2010 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) Console

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I have the ylod on ps3

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. About 150 bucks to get it fixed if it's not under warranty.

Mar 23, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My playstaion is flashing red and wont turn on help????

do u get a yellow light at first if so u have the ylod and need to reflow the playstation look on you tube they have a lot of soluitions youmight be able to fix it with a couple easy steps

Oct 28, 2009 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) Console

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My PS3 has the yellow light and doesn't stay on for more than 5 minutes.

YLOD of death can be fixed by reflowing the motherboard....this solves most cases of YLOD....a guy named gilksy did an awesome is online in pdf format but he also posted videos of the procedure on look up Gilksy1 on youtube and watch his videos

Sep 08, 2009 | Sony Video Game Consoles & Games

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Ps3 turns on for about 2-3 seconds and then it blinks red and turns off.

sounds like YLOD to me...if it shows yellow really fast before it blinks red, its definitely YLOD...which can be fixed by reflowing the motherboard

Sep 07, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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