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PS3 wont switch on...

Discussion in 'PS3' started by 2dogsfighting71, May 19, 2011.

  1. 2dogsfighting71

    2dogsfighting71 Regular member

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    When my son hits the power button to switch on, the light flashes green, then yellow, then red, then goes off. It's called the "yellow light of death", or "YLOD". Can anyone confirm if there's a fix, or do we need a new one? Please help.
     
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    Depends what's wrong with it, problem with ylod is that all it means is that it is a hardware failure.

    Try taking the hard drive out and put it back in to make sure it's connected.
    If still in warranty then get sony to fix it.
    If not under warranty then open it completely and make sure there isnt dust in it which can cause overheating.
    If it did overheat, then try the head gun fix. Tutorials are on youtube along with how to open the ps3.

    If none of these work the ps3 is dead, sell as spare parts. Buy a new one.
     
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    Thanks bigo. I'll try that. I need thermal compound. I'll get some at the weekend, thanks again mate.
     
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    I am guessing you have a phat console. Is it a backward compatible PS2 one? If so you might want to get some rubber/silicone pad to stick under the PSU and bluray drive. Someone gave this tip in the main fix thread, says the PSU adds too much heat to the heatsink, so raising it a bit allows air to flow between the two.
     
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    Followed one of the tut's on youtube showing how to clean and reflow the parts on the board. Aplied some new thermal compound and it worked! Happy days! Thanks to everyone for the help.
     
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    Great! Nice to see you got yours working again. Hope you bought some decent thermal compound. It's expensive but considering what you are using it for it's worth the cost. The cheap stuff is less efficient and you may end up with another ylod a lot earlier than you thought. And having to reflux the ps3 again will make it less likely that it will be fixed. Also if you spread it out all over the chip that helps, I'm sure you saw how little sony used.

    If you got relatively cheap stuff then make sure your ps3 has plenty of space around it so it has good airflow. If you have the space keep it horizontal, not stood vertically, when horizontal the heat spreads out and helps cool the ps3 a bit more than when vertical.
    Also try the rubber pads as mentioned above.
     
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    Nice one bigo, yeah cant believe I fixed it! The thermal compound is called "Nano Diamond" from Maplin. It wasn't the cheap one so I hope it's ok. They didn't have AS5. I heard these fixes only last 2 or 3 months, is that right? Also does it depend on how long you have it on? And when you said "reflux the ps3", I didn't use any flux. I thought it might be worth doing a dry job on it 1st, then if that didn't work, try again with a bit of flux. Also mate, this ps3's about 5 yrs old, dont know if it's backward compatible or a phat console. Thanks for the help anyway bigo, sorry about the long post but i got bollocked for double posting ;). Cheers mate.
     
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    Yeah sry I mean the reflowing.
    It does depend on how you use your ps3. Is it on all day on standby? If so might be better pulling the plug, will save you a few pennies as well, though this wont cause overheating.

    If you play on it like 5 hours a day, then it will get hot, though ps3 get hot after a hour or so anyway.

    There are clip on fans you can get, but be careful of those as you will need to know which way the air is coming out of your ps3 and if the fan pushes air in or pulls it out. I've heard some ppl get the wrong ones and instead of increasing the air flow to help cool it, it pushed the air back in making it worse.

    Again depends where it is placed, if its in crammed in a cupboard or left on a shelf, in a cupboard it'll have less ventilation and heat up more. Again laying it flat is better.

    So how long it will last, will depend how you use it, if looked after properly, and say allowing it to cool for 10-30 minutes every 2-3 hours of play will help it last longer, and you might be lucky enough to not have it overheat again.

    Some bad news, just looked up the diamond stuff, not as good as the artic silver stuff at all. Did tehy have any Antec Formula5? its the same stuff as arctic silver 5.
    WAit depends on which brand you got, did you get Jetart or Biostar or someone elses? Well their website says they only have Jetart which is the bad stuff :( Doesnt matter as long as you spread it all over and help keep it cool the ps3 should last a while.
     
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    I heard/read/experienced quite the opposite. A funny side note: Arctic Silver is quite the cheapest stuff around here, even the white crap they sell at ebay is more expensive. Or my preffered shop is just cheap.
     
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    Yeah the stuff i got is from jetart, and like i said before, it was the most exspensive one per amount you get.
    Hi bigo. Yeah i just spread it thinly over the two square metal things on the board. I think they're called a CPU and GPU. And sometimes it's on for 6-7 hours. It is well vented tho. And about the rubber/silicone pads, where do you get them and what do you do with them? Cheers
     
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    lol yeah I hope you only used the paste on the cpu and gpu :p

    Rubber pads, I got some from poundland, but i'm not sure how well this tip works as I sold on the unit I repaired. You just stick them to the cornors of the underside of the psu, and bluray drive is you want to.
     

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