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My Yellow Light Of Death Conundrum

It was a sad day two days ago. My 60gb fat PS3 ,sadly, packed in after 4 years and 3 months. What makes this situation worst was I bought From Dust and was thoroughly enjoying it until my PS3 cut out. Now I am in a dilemma on how to move on. I have got all these PS3/PSN games that I still play so I would like to get another. But there is a surprising number of option out there.

One option is to wait. There are signs that the next generation is coming soon. I could wait for this generation to end before picking up a new console but the problem with this solution is how long the generation could be anything between a year to two or more years away. Sings may be there hinting at a new generation but with Uncharted 3 and ACR (my biggest games coming out) I would not only be missing out but I could be waiting for a while

The next option is to get it fix/fix it myself. I have had a look and it doesn't look to complex but how long does this fix really last? I have seen on forums that a fix can last 2 months and some of the prices floating around the web and at my local It shop are well a little extreme for something that can break again in as little of two months. So realistically this option doesn't make sense. It would mean I could play my PS2 games but not really a permanent fix.

So this leads me to one final option. Buying another PS3. £200 is not bad for another PS3. But this again runs into other options. There are basically two models. Is there much different between the two models? At the moment the cheaper it is the better. The other problem is the PS3 slims can't play PS2 games. I have a few PS2 games that I play from time to time. I could live without the function of playing my PS2 games but I would rather not. I could by a PS2 as well which are cheap around but this could be around £40 on top of something I am barley able to afford anyway. Instead, though, I could buy and old PS3 fat which range from £42 to £120 but the likelihood of these breaking is much higher and at those prices there is the same risk as if I was going to get it fixed.

I may be over thinking things but either option can be quite costly. I know I will get my situation sorted out eventually. I just wished it was as easy as it was to replace my PS2 when that broke. I want to take the financial plunge but which option is really the best?

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xX-StolenSoul-Xx2428d ago

I say buy a new PS3, you will get a warranty with it anyhow. I have to many games on my PSN account to just let that go to waste. My Ps3 hit the dirt this summer and I just bought a new one and it's worth it and you know it. Good Entertainment.

SilentNegotiator2427d ago (Edited 2427d ago )

So long as the warranty is out of date, he may as well try one of the more "crazy" methods that people use to get their console back to life temporarily. Then maybe make a copy of the saves he wants.

Then you're probably best off buying a new system. New system, new warranty, better power consumption...

I wouldn't wait for the next generation. You never know when that will actually be. But that's coming from someone who's just shy of being a VG addict, lol.

It's an unfortunate situation all around. There aren't really any "good" options, but I suggest getting a new one as the "best" option.

But this sort of thing should probably be a forum post in the future...

blitz06232427d ago

I suggest repairing it via the heat gun thermal grease method on youtube (3-part video including assembly and disassembly). It cost me $20 total and a few hours of my time. Honestly, it's not that hard putting the ps3 back together. Of course, you have to trust yourself or ask another person to help you out to make sure you don't damage the system even more. But really, what have you got to lose right?

skabias2426d ago (Edited 2426d ago )

Did what blitz said with the thermal grease 6 months ago and it still working like a champ and if im not wrong it can be done multiple times.

maniacmayhem2427d ago

I wouldnt want to buy a new ps3 unless it was a 60 gig fat like his original.

I have a 60gig fat also and a ton of ps2 games that i still play to this day.
I hope i never get this ylod.

Jio2426d ago

My 60gb PS3 got YLOD in 2009. I got it fixed but now I'm scared to play games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, but I'll do it anyways. I hate hearing the fans because I keep thinking it'll break again...

MidnytRain2427d ago

I guess it depends on your financial state. Waiting for the next generation seems like the logical choice, but like you said, you could end up waiting years and let a bunch of amazing games pass you by. I say you should buy a new PS3 so long as you're not hurting yourself.

zero_gamer2427d ago (Edited 2427d ago )

The only difference between the two models is the hard drive space. The systems are both identical otherwise. If 160GB is good enough to start you off but need space later you could just pop in a new hard drive upgrade which can be inexpensive.

YLODs are generally caused when the thermal paste applied at the factory is shot and causing the chipsets to overheat and the solder joints to crack.

I don't really know the best choice. If you want to continue playing PS3 games soon, then buying a new system probably wouldn't hurt. Sending your system to SONY could get you a replacement 60GB, though I am not sure about that either. You might want to call SONY and ask them if they have a 60GB if you're still interested in the BC. Note, the warranty for refurbished systems from SONY is 3 months, vs. a 1 year for a brand new machine.

xX-StolenSoul-Xx2427d ago

You say the only difference between the 2 are harddrive space? well thats wrong, 60 Gig ps3s can play Ps2 games.

zero_gamer2427d ago

"There are basically two models. Is there much different between the two models?"

Persistantthug2425d ago (Edited 2425d ago )

I tell some people this, and they act like I'm if they've never heard of this concept even in PCs.

A PS3 is at it's core a computer. after 3 to 4 years, the paste has to be changed.

I just changed mine 2 weeks ago and it's running like the first day I bought it.


However, there are some minor to moderate differences between the many skus of the PS3. For example, the launch 60 gigs don't have big block heat sinks....rather, they have copper maze like piping.
My block heatsinks were upside down facing up and seated in the PS3's bottom half of its case. Actually made my job easier.

TopDudeMan2427d ago

If you can wait, then wait. Personally, I couldn't wait. With all these games coming out, it's gonna be hard to not want to play them.

My fat 60GB PS3 bit the dust early last year and I bought a new one like 2 days later. I couldn't survive without one. What I suggest you do, is sell your old broken PS3 on ebay and specify that it's broken. There are people who buy YLOD PS3s for parts on there.

Other than that, your PS3 had a good run, I guess if you've been playing it a lot.

xX-StolenSoul-Xx2427d ago

Hey, I forgot to mention this but you can possibly fix your ps3 on your own. I done this once and it's not very hard.

you just need some time.

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