View Full Version : Ylod

22-09-2009, 09:18 PM
Yep the dreaded yellow light of death has struck my 60gb PS3.
So I'll be out of action for a while. I'm going to try and fix it myself, I've been looking at a few of the youtube videos and it looks like some people are having success.
I mainly want to fix it myself to get my saved data off it, what a bummer if I loose that.
Anybody had any luck fixing it yourself?

22-09-2009, 09:22 PM
it'd be risky, and you could void the warranty. would be cool if you did, but wouldnt parts be hard to source as well?

22-09-2009, 09:33 PM
My warranty has already long run out.
From what I have researched 8/10 cases of YLOD are from the solder under the chips cracking from the constant heating and cooling of the PS3.
People are disassembling the ps3 and with a heat gun they are heating up the chips to melt the solder and get a good connection to the chips again.

22-09-2009, 09:45 PM
as long as you know what you're doing, that doesn't seem too hard. and i guess you can just send it off anyway if worst comes to worst and play dumb

22-09-2009, 09:48 PM
The Playstation is made for tweaking and pulling part. I remember with my PS1 I used to buy mods for it, cause you could get 'em everywhere. With the PS2 I got it chipped so I could play copied games.

The PS3 should handle it. :D

22-09-2009, 09:55 PM
^same, but those were different times

22-09-2009, 10:14 PM
It can be done yourself but over 50 % of them end up with YLOD again,sometimes YLOD is the power supply not just the GPU or CPU and the heat gun is only a quick fix :( i understand that you want the data that is on your PS3 but if you do manage to get it running long enough to get the data i'd recommend selling it because it'll more than likely die again.

22-09-2009, 10:18 PM
LOL @ Smajs. You should work in a second hand car lot mate.

22-09-2009, 10:23 PM
Lol free eneterpise.....gotta get that paper ;)

22-09-2009, 10:26 PM
that is genius lol

23-09-2009, 08:36 AM
I have a 60g and have never had ylod but......
I have had blinking Rlod 5 times.
The manual says ovrheating but It happens when we turn it on.

23-09-2009, 07:57 PM
My p3 Yellow ringed three times.

the company i sent it too said it is to do with the thermal insulation on the cooling fans degrading, making it hard for the Ps3 to cool itself.

23-09-2009, 08:23 PM
I found this company:
Who fix YLOD for $160 and takes about 2 days.
He is in Chipping Norton if your from Sydney.
I dropped mine off there today and hopefully will have it all fixed and back by the weekend.
I'll let ya's know how I go.
I'll probably sell my 60Gb once I get it back and purchase a slim.

23-09-2009, 09:40 PM
I got my laser fixed by Beetronix,they give a warranty too....mine works fine still but YLOD is a different matter though last time i checked they will buy it from you.

25-09-2009, 01:26 PM
Well happy days,
Got a phone call from Beetronix to come and pick up my now running PS3.
So anybody who gets YLOD and your warranty has run out I reccomend Beetronix.

11-02-2010, 12:32 PM
5 tips to avoid YLOD:

In 2009, both Harlem and I were in need of repairs for our PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively. We sought out a local individual that repairs game systems. After our repairs were done, he gave us some tips to keep our system in working condition. Why take his word over Sony or MS? Because unlike them, he doesn't have a bunch of PR to hide behind. He's personally worked on systems and seen them with all the problems you can think of. So here are 5 tips that our repair guy, Robert, said to make sure your systems keep running strong.

5. Keep your systems vertical

Robert: Take advantage of the fact that both the PS3 and Xbox 360 can be set vertically. In both cases, the motherboard, hard drive, and optical drive are right top of each other causing a lot of heat. Leaving them horizontal keeps all that heat right below the system letting that heat buildup and causes damage over time. On the other hand, standing it up vertically will let air freely move through the system and doesn't create a hot spot under the system itself.

4. Don't turn off your PS3 from the back

Robert: Nothing pains me more than people casually turning off their system using the switch in the back. That switch in the back is not going to save you a significant amount of power or wear-and-tear on the system. Turn off your system using the controller or the power button in the front. By doing this, the fan will keep going even after the system is off in order to cool it down. Using the switch in the box shuts off that fan preventing your system from properly cooling down.

3. Keep your Xbox 360 playtime around 5 hours at most

Robert: Unless you have a system that was purchased in the past 6 months, you want to limit your playtime on the 360. The system simply does not cool off well, and long periods of gaming will take a toll on the system. Limit your time on the 360 for 5 hours and then let it cool off for an hour before playing again.

2. Stop using your system for anything other than games

Robert: While this applies to both systems, blu rays on the PS3 is the major offender with this tip. Fact is with blu ray being such a new technology when the PS3 first came out; the lasers were not the quality that you see today where blu ray is more common. Last year, the repairs I had to the most for the PS3 was replacing blu ray lasers. It got so bad that the supplier for the laser was sold out for weeks because so many people were ordering them to replace PS3 lasers. With blu ray players being so cheap now, spring for one of those instead of wearing out your PS3.

1. Save up your money

Robert: If your system is not the newest motherboard from MS or the PS3 slim, then start saving up. Your systems may last but it's better to be prepared for the worse. If this is too much of a downer for you, then save enough to get your system a cooling upgrade. Either way, save up money in preparation for getting an upgrade, replacing the system or depending on when your system breaks down, getting the new system that comes out.


11-02-2010, 01:12 PM
Hmm, interesting stuff. I have my PS3 on laying down at the moment, will flip it on its side based on what sounds like some solid advice. Barely use it for blu-ray so thats a bonus too, and never switch it off from the power, ever! lol. I win.

11-02-2010, 04:44 PM

I've had my 60GB from release. Thats coming on 3 years now.

NEVER had a problem, besides the occasional freeze - but that is rare.

I turn my PS3 off at the back after turning it off at the front.

It sits horizontally.

I don't save my money for a second console, because I know mine won't break.

On weekends I can spend over 10 horus straight playing. From sunrise, to sunset and beyond.

Studies aren't always right if you LOOK AFTER YOUR THINGS.

11-02-2010, 04:48 PM
well i used to stand my ps3 up, it broke twice. and now its fine after ive layed it down. may be coincidence though

11-02-2010, 04:51 PM
and standing up looks gay, just saying.

ours starting freezing while i was playing games, happened like 5 times, then started YLOD.
Wish i had of transfered my saves onto a hard drive while it was freezing damnit.