Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
The yellow light of death is the result of the PS overheating and melting the solder joints on board.
By doing the re-flow fix you re heated the solder joints and fixed the of the YLOD but not its cause, the overheating. The overheating is given by a malfunctioning board.
Several of the re-flowed PS3 restart overheating (users say they run 'loud'), and fail again after a time that can range from few days to years.
Check the fans. Those could have been the cause for the original YLOD. if they are noisy or dusty, clean them using a hoover. If you have a replacement at hand, replace the fan.
The most common cause for overheating after disassembling the PS to do the fix is the compound. Ensure that you used a good quality thermal paste and that you spread it in the proper way on the top of the chips. Eventually disassemble again and re apply compound if you are not sure.
That is likely causing the problem.
In a minority of cases the GPU itself may be overheating because malfunctioning. In that case the fan was always on already shortly before the YLOD failure. This is not common but may happen.
There is also a thermistor and a pot that if faulty can cause the fan staying always on. This is also not too common. Here a website. Check parts comprised in the cooling system first.
Ensure that the compound and cooling system is OK, that is probably the cause of fan staying always on.
Posted on Mar 27, 2011
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