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PlayStation 3

Yellow Light of Death Repair

Yellow Light of Death Repair

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Mijn probleem

PS3 original 60gig backwards compatible turned off while I was watching netflix, then wouldn't turn on again. After some research I learned it was the YLOD! I'd never heard of that before. I did research found the ifixit site, bought the YLOD repair kit and attempted the repair.

Mijn oplossing

The repair went as the video guide shows. I was watching it to keep track of what I was doing. This was my first time tearing down anything as big, complicated, and loved as my PS3, so I was a bit nervous. I was a little annoyed that the video off the site was not of the original backwards compatible model as there are some slight differences. Luckily I found another manual on the site of a teardown of an original model so I toggled back and forth between the video and the teardown pics which made it more foolproof and me more confident. The only problem I had during the repair was with the blue screw keeping the HDD in it's cage. Not only would it not budge, but it broke a screw bit while I was trying to get it out...my constant trying to budge the immovable screw caused me to strip it. The only way to move forward was to drill out the screw. Once I had the screw out I was able to continue with the repair. Everything else was fairly smooth.

Mijn advies

Once the PS3 was back on, the fan was much quieter than I've ever remembered hearing it. That makes me assume it's cooling much more efficiently. So that's great! The only problems are that it won't connect to WiFi anymore and the controllers won't work on the system unless they are plugged into the console. Did some more research and found out that either I closed it back up without reconnecting all the cables (don't believe this is it), or while I heated the mother board to reflow the solder on the processor the solder points for the wifi/bluetooth connections detached. It looks like either way, I'm tearing it down again and having to clean off and redo the thermal paste... Anyone have any advice on how to heat the motherboard to fix one problem without causing more problems?

PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit afbeelding
PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit


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