i was playing final fantasy XIII the other day and my PS3 just randomly crashed i thought it was a power cut but i thought wrong went up to the Ps3 and the red standby light was flashing pressed the power button it just went to a steady red standby light... turned it back on green and blue loading lights ...seconds later a flash of yellow and the PS3 quickly shuts down to the red flashing standby light... so im thinking yellow light of death? its one of the old 60 gb PS3's i bought years ago...yes im sure theres a thread on it but i cant find it :) i've been qouted up to $300 to get it fixed i was just wondering if there were any other ways other than sending it into a shop any helpful threads to get my PS3 alive again would be sweet
I'll tell you what mate, if you lived near me or anywhere around my area, i'd do it for free, i've done it atleast 4 times now, and all times produce a nice purring Playstation :)
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how about a step by step? :)
Well I can put a list of what is needed to do it. :)
1) Phillips Screwdriver for removing the screws (the screw underneath the warrenty seal is a Torx Screw, but a suitable Flat-Headed screwdriver can do it)
2) Most likely a vacuum-cleaner because there is bound to be a LOT of dust inside your PS3.
3) ArctiClean for removing the existing white Thermal Compound on the Cell Processor and RSX chip
4) Arctic Silver 5 for re-applying new Thermal Compund (Only a thin-ish layer, but enough so it completely covers the face of both Chips) Also a card of some sort to spread the compound, an unused bank card/club carb or any sort of plastic card will do.
5) A Heat Gun to reflow the Cell/RSX on the Motherboard, a Heat Gun has to be applied for no longer than 15 seconds on each circled part of the Motherboard, temperature set to either 350c or about 75% depending on how the Heat Gun operates.
6) Patience, once 1 side of the Motherboard has been done, you MUST NOT move the board for at least 15 minutes, so keep it in a place where it's not going to get knocked or touched e.t.c because even the slightest movement whilst it's VERY hot could jig something on the Motherboard and you would've wasted ages taking it apart, then flip the board and repeat on the other side.
I guess the next step for me is writing a full-on guide, well I might do if I get the time. :)
Skyline, how about creating a new thread for your guide?:) It'd be stickied of course.
I think that'd be a good idea!
Unfortunately I'm going fishing soon for the night, but I will get onto it ASAP as soon as I get chance!
i have the same problem with the ylod.
ive taken apart the whole ps3 to get to the motherboard.
then i removed the old thermal compound with 70% alcohol.
then i reflowed the areas above the rsx and gpu for 15 sec front and back and gave it 15mins to cool down per side.
after that, i applied the new arctic silver 5 thermal compund.
then i put it back to gether.
i turned the playstation3 on. and it stayed on for one minute or so then it crashed on me:/
now instead of the flashing yellow light, it flashes red now:/
im not sure why this process did not work. any help or tips to try to fix this is greatly appreciated.
Anyone heard of the (supposedly) longer lasting method that involves Lead soldering?
PS: OP, funny username