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MY PS3 HAD THE DREADED YLOD I DID THE REFLOW THING AND ITS ALIVE AGAIN,AFTER 2 MINUTES THE FAN COMES ON AND DOES NOT STOP.IS THIS NORMAL OR WILL THE SYSTEM SHUT DOWN AGAIN?

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Hi.

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.

Regards.

Ginko.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

  • Ginko
    Ginko Mar 28, 2011

    Hi.

    You are welcome.

    All the best.

    Ginko

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My playstation 3 console wont turn , when i try to it stops and a blue then yellow light flashes , what can i do to fix this.


source: http://www.edepot.com/playstation3.html#PS3_Model_Differences Yellow Light of DeathThe "Yellow Light of Death" or YLOD is the common phrase people use to describe the following sequence when they try to turn on their PS3:

  • Press Power Button
  • Red Light Flashes Three Times
  • Yellow Light Flashes
  • Green Light Flashes
  • Beeps Three Times
  • Red Light Flashes

The sequence above may vary a bit but you do see the flashing yellow light (sometimes shows up as orange) that normally you would not see when operating your PS3. The YLOD is a general hardware fault that can mean a lot of things. However, one of the problems is cracked solder that leads the PS3 to think one of its internal chips is not connected or is broken somehow. Cracked solder can happen when the chips get too hot (RSX most likely) and leads the motherboard to start bending, which may crack the solder. Changing the power supply (lower the average wattage going to the chips to lower the heat) and better thermal compound (heat dissipates faster to the heatsink) may prevent this error from occurring. However, if your PS3 has already had the YLOD, then you can reflow your motherboard every few months to keep it working (but it is not a permanent fix as the YLOD usually comes back).

Oct 10, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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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...


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

Sep 06, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Switch it on fan comes on blue light flashes green light flashes goes of fan goes of and red light comes on flashes and beeps


the YLOD is a commin problem with the PS3 console
1.It might be that your hardrive is either corupt or needs to be reset into the console
2. another is that the soldering on the motherboard might need to be reflowed it can be done at a local repair shop that specializes in the PS3 console

Jul 21, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 turns on then shuts down after few mins then blinking red light


what you got is what is know as yellow lite of death --YLOD

this is the site i got the info from...
http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-General/Unofficial-Yellow-Light-of-Death-YLOD-Informative-Still-Thread-R/m-p/40726489

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.

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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.

**UPDATE**

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:

* 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.

May 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) 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...
http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-General/Unofficia

l-Yellow-Light-of-Death-YLOD-Informative-Still-Thread-R/m-p/40726489

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.

**UPDATE**

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 console shutting down by itself


what you got is what is know as yellow lite of death --YLOD

this is the site i got the info from...
http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-General/Unofficial-Yellow-Light-of-Death-YLOD-Informative-Still-Thread-R/m-p/40726489

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.
background

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. **UPDATE** 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.

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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?

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How to fix my 60gb ps3 of YLOD


Call Sony.

1-800-345-SONY for repair.

It's not one I would recommend anyone without a professional reflow station fix.

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Does a new power supply fix the YLOD on ps3?


YLOD can be PSU or system bus (reflow CPU and GPU). It is not however a HDD issue. Inorder for it to be an HDD issue you would have to damage the HDD in susch a way that there is a dead short between +5V and GND or +12V and GND. This is very unlikely.

Reason why it would do it with PSU is that 12V is present but under load can't supply enough current to run PS3 system so voltage drops and resets PS3 system, hence the reason why it can be turned on again everytime but resets itself and gives so called YLOD.

System bus problem (reflow CPU and GPU) system shuts it self down due to internal bus failure.

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