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So about an hour ago I got YLOD. I was streaming movies to my PS3 from my PC and it started to get really loud so I turned it off. I went to use it again about 15 mins later, and I get this flashing green light, followed by a quick flash of a yellow light then a flashing red light. Thought to myself probably nothing. People on PS3 forums said it can be caused by overheating so I waited another 15 minutes, and it still gave me the same error. So I called Sony and talked about what the problem was and such, they said I can get it repaired for $175. Are they serious? You can buy brand new PS3 slim's off ebay for around $200, and they have 320gb HDD. Anyway I've had it since the release date so it's served me well. Although, I'm still quite annoyed now that I have all these games, and controllers that are no use to me anymore because I'm not getting a new one.

Oh well, that was my rant.
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Bake it? the success rate is good enough to try.
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open it up and apply fresh tim, seriously it works well for the older ps3 models
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I had this happen to me and a buddy of mine the week after. There's a place near me that does BGA soldering and charged my friend 100$ to fix it~ his has been working since. The most common problem with YLOD on the old ps3's is that the solder needs reflowed, this can be done with either baking or a heat gun. The place my friend took his to actually applied more solder and it should work great long term..

I spent 25$ for a heat gun and followed some instructional video on you tube and it worked fine for a few weeks, have yet to do it again.
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Bake it? the success rate is good enough to try.
I would, but oven is currently broken..

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open it up and apply fresh tim, seriously it works well for the older ps3 models
Do you have a link to a tutorial on how to do this. Seriously considering it. So much money spent on this PS3.

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I had this happen to me and a buddy of mine the week after. There's a place near me that does BGA soldering and charged my friend 100$ to fix it~ his has been working since. The most common problem with YLOD on the old ps3's is that the solder needs reflowed, this can be done with either baking or a heat gun. The place my friend took his to actually applied more solder and it should work great long term..

I spent 25$ for a heat gun and followed some instructional video on you tube and it worked fine for a few weeks, have yet to do it again.
Unfortunately the only place in my local area that fixes YLOD is priced at $150.. I mean if I was going to spend that much on a repair I would just send it to Sony for $175.

Thanks for the positive reply's and tips. If anyone could kindly link me to the tutorials you've used to fix your own console that'd be excellent.
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It's a pretty easy fix if you can get a heat gun and an instructional video on youtube. I was able to do it myself without help. Use 1-3 of this guide.
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It's a pretty easy fix if you can get a heat gun and an instructional video on youtube. I was able to do it myself without help. Use 1-3 of this guide.
Any ideas where I can get a cheap Heat Gun, doesn't need to be great quality or anything. Just something to get the job done. Possibly local hardware store?
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I got one at a local hardware store for like $20. Just take a look around.

Also, if you can find it in a hardware store, try getting a no-clean flux pen. REALLY helps keep the soldering from getting dried out. If it does get tried out it will just crack, break, then your PS3 will have YLOD again.
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UPDATE

I was looking up fixes on youtube and came across a temporary fix. You put the PS3 in a box, get a hairdryer and put in on the back vents of the PS3 for about 15 minutes, and then put a fan directly on it for another 15 minutes for it to cool off. I thought this was completed BS when I read it, but I was out i'm out of warranty and have nothing to loose. So I tried it, plugged it all in and hoped for the best.. SUCCESS! PS3 is up and running for the time being.

EDIT:

After 5 minutes of use it died again.
Edited by Nillus - 10/27/11 at 12:08am
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UPDATE

I was looking up fixes on youtube and came across a temporary fix. You put the PS3 in a box, get a hairdryer and put in on the back vents of the PS3 for about 15 minutes, and then put a fan directly on it for another 15 minutes for it to cool off. I thought this was completed BS when I read it, but I was out i'm out of warranty and have nothing to loose. So I tried it, plugged it all in and hoped for the best.. SUCCESS! PS3 is up and running for the time being.

EDIT:

After 5 minutes of use it died again.
A hair dryer doesn't get hot enough to melt solder. You need a heat gun. I just did this a few days ago and mine is working great again. Just be very careful to either mark where you got all the screws from or simply watch the detailed walk throughs on Youtube. The Youtube videos make it fairly easy because you can always pause if you're confused or falling behind.
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