TerminalGamer writes: The dreaded YLOD has struck our launch console. Can anyone bring it back from the dead? Check out our review of this tech repair business to find out.
Hmm mite have to send my 60GB in.
I'm gonna have to bookmark them if that day ever happens.
Great read/information. Do you know if you can ship your systems to them, or is it walk in only? This was great article, I'll have to keep them in mind if any of my systems fail.
You'll have to email them directly. I'm not sure about shipping.
I just spoke to them directly through Skype and they said it's no problem for us to ship them consoles. You do have to pay for shipping but their price for repairing is roughly $65, which is very reasonable.
They are also very thorough with their cleaning and they take the time to repair the console.
Still have my launch console and it's running great...the YLOD worries me but not too much.
I'm pretty sure there are more launch PS3's without any problems than there are with YLOD.
The YLOD problem wasn't something we were expecting, but it didn't exactly surprise is either.
Make sure you clean out the dust since they'll keep in the heat.
Anyone who thinks this is lame, has probably never had to deal with a PS3 system failure.
Agreed After using a launch PS3 daily for almost 5 years, having it fail rather abruptly was a little disheartening to say the least.
it was good you got five years out of it to be fair, wish one of the 5 xboxes i went through lasted as long, only the elite has lasted me more than a year.
Very true. 5 years for any electronic device is pretty good. With the repair, we are hoping to get at least another 5 years, or at least until the next generation of the console is released.
same here, thankfully though i had another one that i bought to fix its blu ray drive so until i get the chance to reflow the 60 i just swapped the drives out. that way i still have something to play and watch netflix on for a few weeks nearly 5 years of heavy use wasnt too bad i guess... still it should last longer when you consider it cost 600 bucks...
I've not got YLOD but both my Bluetooth and wifi receiver in the 60gb PS3 has stopped working I've tried 2 of my controllers and a friends and still will not connect and the wifi light on the PS3 doesn't come on or find any wireless signals. It's really annoying, tried to ring Sony Tech Support but they just give the same generic, make sure your controllers are fully charged and let my console cool down... Great help.
Just buy a new 60GB WiFi and Bluetooth module from Ebay, or check out eeshops.com
Good advice, just bought one off eBay for £5. Thanks!
I Re-balled my 60GB launch PS3 and it's been working ever since for the past 9 months without a single fault. Whoever came up with the Heat-gun method is the biggest retard on this planet. Those who haven't got the YLOD should buy a Japanese 19 bladed PS3 fan, change the thermal paste to AS5 or anything better (Shin-etsu, MX2, Diamond etc) and change the power supply for a 40GB model APS-231 PSU (do this if you have a 60GB or earlier model) The 19 bladed fan is quiet and runs smoother even in it's highest mode, and the APS-231 PSU produces less heat and is more power efficient. Sony uses standard TP on the CPU & GPU so it would be a good idea to use quality TP to keep the CPU & GPU's overall temperature down. Do these 3 things and your PS3 should be fine. If it still YLOD's after this then you should get your PS3 re-balled with leaded-solder. Doing a full Re-ball plus the three things I mentioned above will literally make your PS3 immune from the YLOD.
Very good points. May have to look into the 40GB PSU for our launch 60GB
If you don't want to do all the other things then first thing you should do is a full Re-ball, but then after the Re-ball your fans may sound louder than they're supposed to which then leads you to ultimately change the thermal paste and fan. It happened to me and a lot of other people, but at the end of the day this is a permanent fix and it's not a joke like the heat-gun fix. I've done everything I listed above apart from changing my PSU because I noticed my PS3 is doing really well. But I might do it later on
now how exactly do you reball the board?
I live about 20 minutes from these guys and even though my 40 gig has never had a problem I got in the original box the other day to see when I purchased it and I have had it for a little over 4 years. I have started to worry about when it is going to have a problem because for the past 4+ years it has averaged 1.5 hours a day for that amount of time and I have never so much as even vacuumed it out. I know it can't last forever should I have them clean and optimize it before I have a problem? I worked it out it has run at least 2400 hours now. I've only heard the fan come on once when I was playing Crysis 2 never before.
You might as well just open it up yourself and clean out all the dust if that's what you're worried about. But I don't understand why people spend so much money on an expensive product only to deprive it from regular maintenance? You shouldn't be careless is what I'm trying to say, but anyway just give it a clean yourself, make sure you map out where all the screws go on a piece of paper.
I bought my 60gb back in 2009 and didn't desire to open it up until about two months back. I was nervous at first but after doing it twice it really is simple. I didn't have much dust when I initially opened it but I did clean what I could. I guess what I'm trying to say is that don't be nervous about doing maintenance, it worked wonders for me.
I just worry about screwing something up that I know almost nothing about when it isn't broken in the first place. Does the outer shell just come apart when you take out the screws?
I have the launch 60gb, I open it up give it a dust every 6 months and so far nothing has gone wrong with it.
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