What are the causes of the PS3 YLOD and how can you fix it?
Don’t panic when you turn on your beloved PS3 and instead of loading your favorite game you’re just greeted by a flashing yellow light, that’s just the PS3 YLOD (AKA PS3 yellow light of death). The YLOD might sound a bit ominous but don’t worry, as there are a couple of things that you can do to fix it.
First off, what causes the PS3 YLOD? Most of the time the error is caused by the internal working of the console overheating too much. Because of a design flaw of the PS3, the casing does not allow too much air flow within the system, causing it to overheat. And when the heat inside is too much, the solder that holds the CPU to the motherboard can fail, causing the connection between the CPU and the entire system to sever. There are also times when this happens to the graphical controller chip as well. When this happens the PS3 YLOD flashes, indicating a massive hardware failure.
PS3 YLOD | What Are Your Options to “Reviving” Your PS3?
Now that you have an idea on what causes the PS3 YLOD, what can you do to fix it? Well the very first thing that may pop in your head is to send it back to Sony and have their highly-trained technicians fix it up for you.
If your PS3 is still under warranty, it is a good idea to have it sent back to the manufacturer. You only need to pay for the shipping & handling, and Sony will send back a newly-refurbished unit free of charge. Yes, you’ll be sent a refurbished unit, and won’t be getting your old PS3 back, ever. This means that all of your data that was saved in your old hard drive is lost forever, that is if you didn’t back them up.
PS3 YLOD | What if My Warranty Expired?
But what if the warranty has already expired, you ask? Well, you can still have a refurbished PS3 sent to you from Sony, but it will cost you up to $200, quite a lot of money isn’t it? The refurbished PS3 does have its own extended warranty of only 90 days after receipt, after which if the PS3 YLOD rears its ugly head again, then you’d have to pay another $150+ and wait for weeks to get another PS3 from Sony. It would have been better if you just bought another PS3, honestly.
But worry not, there is another way that you can get rid of the dreaded PS3 YLOD without having to spend too much money. All you need is a screwdriver, a heat gun and a repair manual that you can download through the Internet.
You can actually fix the YLOD problem by yourself, it’s not as difficult as you might think. All you have to do is follow the repair manual to the letter and everything will be just fine. Even people who have no experience in doing electronics have been able to fix their PS3′s quite easily in under an hour at most.
So start saving money and get rid of the PS3 YLOD error yourself!
Thanks for reading!
- The PS3 YLOD Experts