Playstation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD)
Prevention and Fixes
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Seeing the YLOD is a heart breaking moment for any Playstation 3 owner, some never recover from it and many need counseling afterwards.
Here were going to provide some tips on how to avoid going through this traumatic experience and possible fixes if you already have the YLOD
The yellow light of death is when your PS3 bleeps two times when you turn it on and the light on the front flashes yellow. Like in this video below:
Seeing this means that your PS3 has experienced some sort of hardware failure and is currently a very expensive paper weight.
You can help prevent experiencing the YLOD by doing the following:
Even if your console is out of warranty you have nothing too loose. Ring Sony and if it is in warranty they will fix it and if not they may still be willing to do something to help you.
If they wont fix it for free, you can purchase a refurbished one and return your broken one for around £100
The BBC TV show in the UK showed how by heating the main circuit board you could bring the PS3 back to life.
It is possible to heat the board up enough with a heatgun that can be purchased at DIY shops. They are normally used for things such as stripping paint and heating frozen pipes.
CAUTION: HEATGUN'S GET INCREDIBLY HOT ALWAYS BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE POINTING IT AT
These videos show how to do it ...
I Dont Have a Heat Gun How Can I Do it ?
One of our members fixed their PS3 with the YLOD using a hair dryer. The advantage of this method is that it doesn't require you to take your Playstation apart
1) Put the PS3 in a jumper or something simmilar to insulate it and stop the heat escaping
2) Blow heat from the hair dryer into the rear vent for 10 minuites
3) Leave it to cool down
If your PS3 still isn't working after attempting to reflow the motherboard then the best advice I can give you is to sell your Playstation 3 for spares / repairs on Ebay