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Just bought a YLOD PS3 - Time To Fix it!!!

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Hi all,

I always wanted a ps3. But the thing is I could never justify buying one (I barely played my xbox - and this was all I really played on). So I decided to take a gamble and buy a YLOD and fix it.

I sniped one at an auction for AU$125. Keep in mind that the cheapest ps3s in Australia go for a minimum of $400 - with many going for $500. So this was quite a good deal. Most YLOD of ps3s for for close to $200 ~ but this was an NTSC ~ Australia is PAL.

UPDATE: just snagged another one in a rather funny auction - where there were 4 people trying to snipe it from each other. I managed to get in a last second bid (literally) - and won the thing for $138 - this is a PAL version, so I can watch blue-rays on it as well

This will be a bit of blog/help thread over the next few days/weeks - as I attempt to fix the ps3 and get it working.

-Goldboy
Edited by goldboy - 3/19/11 at 1:11am
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pics now!
 
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just won the ebay auction - will hopefully pick it up tomorrow

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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Reflow is good but from what i heard it doesnt last. Reballing is best but seems complicated.

http://playstationlifestyle.net/foru...ead.php?t=2376
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Subbed good luck i second pics! I did something similar with a g2 and xbox 360 lately i wanted to try this but it seems more of a challenge than time permits right now lol hopefully i learn a thing or two here
    
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That Talismoon fan IMO is not gonna help with cooling. If I'm not mistaken, they just basically used one the original 19 blade fans and rebranded it for the PS3. The AP-231 power supply was another upgrade to keep heat down as most say also. The biggest issue was venting the unit. I use a Nyko Intercooler (the rear mounted version with 4 fans). They worked the best IMO for extracting the heat out of the PS3, but they are very hard to find now a days and most had fans that made noise. That was easily fixed by apply good oil to the bearings inside the fan. As for the YLOD, once it occurs, it will get worse. Re-balling does help, but most will find out that its a temporary fix and will eventually comeback. Keeping the unit well cooled is the key along with replacing the TIM on the heatsinks, as the OEM stuff dries out.
     
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Reflow is good but from what i heard it doesnt last. Reballing is best but seems complicated.

http://playstationlifestyle.net/foru...ead.php?t=2376
Reflow does last long now, since there is PS3 fan mod tutorial on youtube, and with it there is no more overheating.
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Good idea. Keen to see how you go.
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OK. Picked the ps3 up a few hours ago. It came with a HDMI cable - US power cable (useless here in Australia, but the ps3 has a universal power cable - and every computer builder has at least 3-4 spare), and a Gamestop Clear-arcylic controller (hey whaddya know - a small piece of USA here in AUS XD) - all up $128 (looking better than $400+)

The warranty sticker has been removed (but re-stuck sneakily back on). The PS3 certainly has YLOD, but other than that it is in great shape.

Planned mods/adjustments:

1) reflow
2) fan control mod
3) possbile change of psu (if that is the culprit running too hot)
4) intercooler

Pics up tomorrow!!!
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reserved - I know I should have done this for the first few posts, but I completely forgot
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