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Submitted by gonzodamus 2043d ago | opinion piece

The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Yellow One

Dick Ward writes: "The Yellow Light of Death has struck my PS3. This leaves me without a device to play PlayStation 3 games, and without a Blu-ray player. My grieving during this difficult time has taken the form of poetry – inspired in part by all the ‘Halo’ haikus I’ve been reading. I’d like to share it with you." (Culture, PS3)

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ULTIMATE_REVENGE  +   2044d ago
Just Re-ball it, reflows are flippin useless as the tin based solder balls are obviously still there.

Anyone who has YLOD should take their console to a Re-ball specialists, he will resolder the graphics chip and anything else causing the problem with leaded-solder.
seij555  +   2044d ago
yeah... what he said.
SillySundae  +   2043d ago
ME so far ...
4 RROD <- that was it for me
darthv72  +   2043d ago
no problems for me
To proclaim you dont have a problem doesnt change the fact that others have however.

My bud sent his 60gb to a place called PSR to do the reflow and it worked for less than a month. He could send it back to them but there is no guarantee on a rework so he is biting the bullet and sending it to sony (how he can do that after it had been opened by a 3rd party....???)

He will have spent close to $275 to try and have it fixed (sony: $150, psr: $109 plus shipping). Unfortunately there is no easy way to just get another unit and be back up and running.

You cant take the hdd and put it into another unit without it wanting to wipe the drive. You cant make a backup of the drive without the unit running (or so i think).

I certainly had my share of console issues with a dre ps2 (x2) a bad laser in a dreamcast, wii sound chip burned out, and the ever popular rrod on my 05 360 (havent had any issues since repair...finds wood to knock on)

I dont make fun of those who's systems crap out for whatever reason. It shouldnt happen but the fact is it does. Some may treat their stuff like total crap and it works forever and others baby them and they poop out (ha ha baby...poop)

I think there are real issues with these consoles and those who choose to poke fun or pass off the issues as non existent will take a change of heart when it does happen to them.

Even with console revisions the possibility of failures are still prevalent. Moving parts give out at some point. Even non moving ones do the same.

Just be a little bit more understanding of others who have these issues even if none of you do not.
Imperator  +   2043d ago
I'm a big PS3 fan, but I did have one YLOD (on my PS3 phat). I was really saddened by it, but at the same time I had a Ps3 sim already so no biggie. My 360, however, is whole other story. 3 RRODs so far.
wages of sin  +   2043d ago
What you just wrote was concise, thought provoking and honest. You get an agree and a bubble from me. If I coule, I'd give more.

You da man.
stevenhiggster  +   2043d ago
I had a YLOD on my 60gig, luckily I took out the continuous play deal so got a new 60gig (well a refurb) the next day :-) And I'll get another and another and another forever! But hopefully it won't ever happen again anyway. Continous play is the shiz.

I was proper sad when it happened :-(
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ukilnme  +   2043d ago
1 YLOD - $157 in repairs later, still happily supporting PS3.
0 RROD - My Elite has been running strong. Hope it stays that way.
SaberEdge  +   2043d ago
My PS3 freezes all the time, but at least it has never YLOD on me.
DaTruth  +   2043d ago
I had a RLOD on my 60 gig at 3.5 years old. When I finally deduced that it was the fan that had stopped running, it got stuck on with no fan running; Then it was a YLOD!

One day I'll get around to repairing it, but I just wen out and bought a Slim after a month(just to prove I could go a month without it).
badz149  +   2043d ago
if that's the case, try 'refreshing' your PS3. it works most of the time to fix minor issues.
ThanatosDMC  +   2043d ago
If you have a fatty, make sure you clean out those damn dust bunnies. It will eventually kill you PS3 if you dont. It took 3yrs with heavy use to finally kill my fat PS3 but i still manage to do the temp fix to get most of my unprotected save files back.

Sucks when i found out i could connect PS3s together for a complete transfer though...
Bereaver  +   2042d ago

At least it wasn't a red light at the beginning of the tunnel! Stop! You can't even start!
gonzodamus  +   2044d ago
Reball? I'm not familiar with the term outside of paintball and a Google search proved unhelfpul.
Biggunz  +   2043d ago
this isn't news! WTF! N4G is nothing more then a glorified fanboy forum.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi  +   2043d ago
5, 7, then 5
syllables mark a haiku
yellow lighted oaf
AAACE5  +   2043d ago
Save the trouble and just buy a new one! It will be money well spent.
Highlife  +   2043d ago
I have had the YLOD and did the reflow myself. The fix cost me $25 for a heat gun at ace. The process is very simple. I did it about six months ago and all is well (knock on wood).

original 60 gig fat
talltony  +   2043d ago
If you get the ylod
Do what I did 2 days ago. Do hair dryer trick, see how on YouTube. Then take it yo Gamestop and and sell it to them for 200 bucks and get a slim from them. That is the smartest cheapest solution because if u keep fixing it, the ylod always comes back eventually.
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RatFuker  +   2044d ago
not a single darn YELLOWLIGHTOFDEATH.

2 rrod's
halojunkie  +   2044d ago
poor guy in the article...
and to don, and sackgirl and ratfuker

no ylod

6 rrod's
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BeaArthur  +   2043d ago
In your attempt to make fun or the 360 you just made yourself look like an idiot. If you actually made it to 6 RRoD's you are the biggest sheep of all time.
KingKiff  +   2043d ago
You know why?
The YLOD is a myth made by 360 fanboys... JJ

But it is almost so rare that it need not be counted and I could safely say that at least %50 of people here on N4G saying they have had a YLOD are just trolling.

I have seen uncountable RROD on mates Xbox's but never seen a PS3 die other than when my bro's console got bricked by an update bout 3 years back (but that was fixed for free).
CrAnKiTuP_01  +   2044d ago
1 ylod

2 rrod

gonzodamus  +   2043d ago
I've got one RROD and one YLOD so far. The RROD was under warranty though, so it didn't hurt as bad.
darthv72  +   2043d ago
lol @ disagrees
I just find it funny that last line was a dig at sony and peeps be hating.

truth hurts i guess.
Snakefist30  +   2043d ago
To Other Guys


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chakan  +   2043d ago
No ylod so far.
nikkisixx2  +   2043d ago
2 1/2 years of ps3 - No YLOD
Ray186  +   2043d ago
I've had 2 RRoD's and one broken Blu-ray drive.
PS3owns360_  +   2043d ago
2 years and ps3 80gb got YLOD.. so I went and bought a ps3 slim.
pat_11_5  +   2042d ago
Looks like the PS3 doesn't Own the 360 in terms of hardware reliability
Shane Kim  +   2043d ago
No YLOD...been owning my PS3 since 2006. No RROD as well couse I couldn't stand buying that sh!t.
Hacker  +   2043d ago
The shop i work at we get 2 to 3 YLOD ps3 a week brought in....i know sad but true.
ZBlacktt  +   2043d ago
Which means you see 25 to 30 Xbox'es a week. Another sad but true fact we all know as gamers.
ZBlacktt  +   2043d ago
How the world is this News worthy? This Yellow light deal is SO rare I knew what system you had before I even opened your story. You had the system now 4 years and it's worked awesome. It's the main one listed with the issue. Now think if you had a Xbox. You would on avg. would have gone through 3 consoles already. Some get hit 4 and 5 times with the RROD. So I'd say if you want to keep "your" 60g system. Go look on Craigslist. Many local shops fix all 3 game consoles now. That way all done local and no mail turn around time. Yet cheaper or same price as sending it off to Sony. Who all they do is send it off to a contracted 3rd party anyway.
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Dread  +   2043d ago
If it is so rare why are so many people here posting that they have experienced it?
DoucheVader  +   2043d ago
I would even bet money on...

There are more Launch PS3's around then Launch 360's around.
SaberEdge  +   2043d ago
I got the RROD one time 5 years ago and MS fixed it and I haven't had a problem with it since.

My PS3 hasn't died on me, but it does freeze all the time. Does anybody know what causes that?
KingKiff  +   2043d ago
Trolls dude
Trolls that just lie for trolls sake... YLOD is so rare it is almost negligible, fanboys just like to make things up.
darthv72  +   2043d ago
rare or not
it is interesting the nature of some of the instances that occurred. Some people will go through multiple systems and have never mistreated them. Others will beat their units into the ground, dust all over them and what not and never have a problem.

Almost like some kind of console roulette and each player has either luck on their side or not.

Like I said above, when it happens, it sucks. No need to ridicule those that got hit. If it happens to you I would just say sorry man and hope you can get it fixed.
GamerBebe  +   2043d ago
PS3 is a joke
Sony fanboys won't admit PS3's are built like shit just like the original 360's. Sony claimed their graphics would completely blow away everyone else when in reality they are only on par with the 360. Sorry Sony, you don't fool me.
ZBlacktt  +   2043d ago
Sony doesn't need to fool you son. You're just a fool already.
velocitygamer  +   2043d ago
Oh really? Tell me one exclusive that looks better than Killzone 2 or Uncharted 2? Halo? Paha!
Redlogic  +   2043d ago
yea, I mean, what you makes no sense at all...What was the failure rate of the 360? 50%? and the ps3 was like 10%? I don't remember but I know I had 3 RROD's and no YLOD. Proof enough for me...oh and I bet you are Ray Finkle!
DoucheVader  +   2043d ago
Don't spill that Xbox Kool Aid you are drinking, I hear it will stain and leave nasty red rings on your shirt.
Non_sequitur  +   2043d ago
I've only known one person in real life who got a YLOD. He did buy a refurbished PS3 if that matters. It cost him $150 to fix, and he's happy with that. On the Xbox side, the Xbox in my house hasn't got RROD, and probably won't since it's not heavily used. Out of all my friends I've known five of them who've had RROD two of them got it multiple times, one of them got RROD and is no longer covered by her warranty. When I was purchasing an early Xbox for my friend the guy at Gamestop had to check the Xbox before he sold it to me because he said they were coming out of the box with RROD.
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ReBurn  +   2043d ago
It sucks to read about when someone's console dies. My 60GB BC PS3 is still going strong, but I fear that because it is an early model that it will soon meet its doom. If it does I'll pay to have it repaired because it really has become a cornerstone of my home entertainment system.

I had one RROD at the end of 2008 and that replacement system is still going strong. I still have about a year left on my RROD warranty since the 2 year Microsoft service contract I bought extended my RROD warranty to 5 years from date of purchase.
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TEFL0N_D0N_81  +   2043d ago
I've had 2 YLODs for my 60gb PS3. Fixed it, traded that sucker in for a PS3 slim. I've had one RROD on my 360. Been lucky since. It's still obvious that 360 has had a much higher fail rate, but the old PS3s have heat & fan issues too.
The_Zeitgeist  +   2043d ago
I had the YLOD on my PS3 40 gig. I got it fixed by Gopher Mods and it broke two months later. However, I was smart and bough a PS3 Slim 120 gig about a month before the 40 gig broke. It was nice having two PS3's in the house for a while. I'm just happy I still have the slim and its covered for 4 years.
CobraKai  +   2043d ago
I did the same thing. I got my BC PS3 fixed but got a Slim as well. It gave me that much needed peace of mind knowing that py new PS3 won't just die all of a sudden.

If there is one thing that's "better" about the RROD, it's that at least you can still take your game out.
The_Zeitgeist  +   2043d ago
How the hell do I get a disagree for stating a fact about my personal experience? Thats just funny.
CobraKai  +   2043d ago
I know. It's not even an opinion. LOL.
Reborn  +   2043d ago


I have no complaints.
squelchy15  +   2043d ago
2 RRoD

0 YLoD, Difference being, you get a three year warranty with the 360, Sony's charge to fix the PS3 would burn the pockets of some people..

But on the topic of console failures...7 different PS2's due to it breaking..
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jneul  +   2043d ago
well the new 360 you only get 1 yr warranty so there is no advantage with having a 3yr warranty anymore, so if your 360 fails, which it will it will cost you lots more in the longrun now, no more excuses get the more reliable console!!
darthv72  +   2043d ago
to clarify
the standard models still have the 3yr special ext from mfg date.

The new ones have 1yr due to the revision of the board and system overall is not the same and does not fall under the same clause as the standard units.

Older units, chance of RROD/E74 probable in units prior to 2009.

Newer units from early 09 to current less likely but still offered under 3yr term.

"Slim" units not covered under RROD/E74 special warranty. Standard 1yr warranty applies.
jneul  +   2043d ago
0 YLOD (and I owned ps3 phat for 3 years and upgraded to the new slim)
1 RROD, all my friends have had at least 1 RROD!!
0 PS2 DRE(it was an original ps2 and it still works, amazing!!)
0 PS1 problems
I rest my case - playstation forever!!
SaberEdge  +   2043d ago
I don't believe you. The way you worship Playstation and hate Xbox I don't think you would be honest.
Gue1  +   2043d ago
1 YLOD, original 60GB PS3
0 YLOD, 120GB PS3 slim... yet.
GamerBebe  +   2043d ago
What?!?!? Sony Fanboys admitting the YLOD.
Wow, I never thought I would see the day that Sony Fanboys would start admitting the YLOD. Look at how many there are also from all these different posts. The PS3 is a joke.
DoucheVader  +   2043d ago
You are a joke. You obviously have little to no understanding of the video game segment. Everything is Xbox is cool, PS sucks with you.

You have Zero Credibility and all of your comments demonstrate just how asinine your blind dedication to Xbox is.

All consoles will fail eventually, it is well documented that PS3s have the YLOD, Xbox 360's have the RROD. The RROD problem has diminished with newer iterations, but the YLOD was never as prevalent.

The ONLY REASON the YLOD is news is because this is tit for tat for the RROD news articles N4G was plagued with for some time.

BTW Halo Sucks.
SilverSlug  +   2043d ago
On my awesome 60gb. I 'reflowed' it a few days ago. Might get rid of it and get a PS3 slim. Warranty = safety.

I have not had a RROD, but I had something worse. Disc read error and MS does not cover that. Thankfully I just told them I had RROD and they sent me a refurbish. I love tricking the system.
GigaGaia  +   2043d ago
My fat 60GB PS3 never got a YLOD ... and wait since I actually am careful, It will never get one, suck to be you.

"No matter what, I’m without a PS3 and Blu-ray player until pay day rolls around."

This is why credit cards exist, damn it.
coolasj  +   2043d ago
Took 3 Years For My First PS3 To YLoD
But, after that I went through 2 replacement because Sony only sends me Refurbs. When this one breaks down I'm making sure I get sent something new.
Jack Klugman  +   2043d ago
Now you know what it is like for the 360. People who say they have 6-10 bad systems is because they are caught in a refurb cycle.

I have always bought an in store warranty when available because they will replace it with a new system most of the time.
Dorwrath  +   2043d ago
I never had YLOD, but I do have a temperamental touch switch on PS3 Fat.

Leaves me with only turning on my PS3 when it decides to turn on
Holeran  +   2043d ago
xbox 360 = 1rrod and a new laser for disc read errors.
ps3 = nothing so far, knock on wood.
original xbox gets played everday by my children and I had it since 2 monthes after launch I own 150 games for it and I played it countless hours= nothing wrong ever, that is 1 good piece of hardware.
SaberEdge  +   2043d ago
I know what you mean. I still have my original Xbox and my girlfriend's son plays it all the time and it still works perfectly. The original Xbox was a well built machine.
DizzyDino  +   2043d ago
they were both under warranty and got fixed my 40gb ps3 is still down but i just paid 80 bucks to a place called wired extreme to fix it and the xbox 360 was a 20gb. i bought an elite bundle with odst and forza about 3 months ago and it runs great
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