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The dreaded yellow light of death
It was hard at first because the guide had a newer PS3 as the model and mine was older so it didn't match up with a few things in the disassembly. Once I found this video:
the tear down was very easy. In the end, everything went smoothly and my PS3 is back up and running.
The whole process is not hard and I would suggest trying it in order to save your PS3, it is definitely worth it.
In this model, you have to remove the power supply to disconnect the blu-ray ribbon from the motherboard.
Also, when you first open this PS3 model, there are only 5 thermopads on the parts. I ended up putting more thermopads on than there were when I opened it. You put one large square pad on the black chip, 4 medium square pads on the gray parts (R30W and R33 is written on them) under the GPU/CPU, and then 4 medium square pads on the black parts under the gray parts (which initially had pads on them). I also put 4 small rectangular pads on the back of the motherboard on the little yellow rectangles which are the backs of the black parts from the front (the ones that had pads on from the beginning). I only had 3 pads left over when I finished.