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Ylomd - Yellow light of mostly dead
Ylomd - Yellow light of mostly dead –
So, i have a ps3 that on first inspection has the YLOD, but, turn it on and off three times and it starts
now, i am no expert, but the way the fan sounds like it is struggling (even once i get it started) seems to me the fan is the problem, i am in the process of getting a fan to test in it, to see if it makes it any better at all, i have cleaned and thermal pasted it to no help.
basically, i wonder if there is any ideas on what to do next, i'm not sure if i want to attempt a heatgun type fix since its something i just haven't done before at all and it isnt 100% broken
or maybe this is a different error and the heatgun is the opposite direction (since it starts at all it must have a connection to the gpu right?)
i haven't been game to run it too long, after 15 minutes it seems hot, but that could be my paranoia
i sort of repair ps3's, i am a pc guy, people keep bringing me ps3's to fix, some i get working some i dont, but my knowledge is pc based.
also, because my ps3 is only mostly dead
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Last edited by donnabot; 12-28-2010 at 03:27 PM.
Reason: for the fun of being mostly dead
Most likely you will need to reflow your motherboard and then re-apply thermal paste.
if its the gpu then would i be able to play a game at all? because eventually i can get it to work fine, i just don't use it in case it is dying and can be saved
apart from a reflow, what can your average computer nerd do about an almost dead ps3? what are the chances of this yellow light of almost dead being caused by a failing fan or psu?
from what i have read the home reflow is also a cause of death for ps3's, so i will avoid that for now.
If you can find someone locally to give it a proper reflow using an IRDA or hot air system you'll get it working much better, aslong as they use a jig and pre-heater/griddle to stop the mobo from flexing. Then use a good thermal paste and maybe replace the fan if it is faulty (although it might just be running fast because of heat building up).
Ideally you'd get it reballed, but it might not be worth it since it's pretty expensive.
EDIT: if you're just looking for anything to try, add some 1mm washers under the GPU + CPU bolts (the clamps under the power supply + BR drive). You might be able to keep pressure on the dodgey connection and buy some time before getting a reflow. Don't tighten the bolts too hard though, I've snapped one before!
I have a problem with mine but it is a little bit different. It does not start up just the normal yellow straight to flashing red. However when i turn it of hold the eject button and turn on i have no fans blowing and the light stays green about a min. Could it be a faulty fan or power supply?