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#91 Inf^Shini

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:40 PM

The funny thing about the SF4 save was it forced me to redo everything, and because of that, I ended up getting the platinum. I somehow was better at it redoing all the challenges/online medals :P

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#92 homeslicer

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:24 AM

^ That's completely new to me. I appreciate your posting it, and I will definitely look into locating some flux next time my system craps out.


ebay has some pens for sale. you want kester 951 no clean flux. just follow the gilksy1 video someone posted.

#93 EDiddy0042

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 02:06 AM

Well, system is shot... again. Gonna fix it up and take it in to GS tomorrow. Does anyone know if that $25.00 bonus on console trade-ins is still going on? I swear, my system must hate Fallout 3, since that is the game I've had to get out of it all 3 times its crapped out. Oh well. Hope you all have better luck with your systems than I did.
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#94 espy

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 04:46 AM

I have a morality question for everyone on here who reads this thread: Despite my system having crashed twice, would I be able to trade it in to gamestop for whatever credit they give and put that towards a new system? I know they only give about 150 if that, but I think that may be better than what I would get for listing a thrice ylod PS3 on CL. Gamestop does issue their own warranty don't they? So they would just fix it up if it went wrong for the next owner? I am prepared to take the glaring stares for this thought, but I may as well ask.


If it's a 60GB model, you may still be able to get $150 or $200 for it on CL, since these models are rare. GameStop DOES issue a warranty on the 60GB model:

http://www.gamestop....roduct_id=64006

They actually charge more for it than all the other PS3 models (except the 250GB Slim). 30 day warranty for the new buyer.

#95 xeex

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:32 AM

I think TRU starts their hardware trade-in program this Friday. They might give more than Gamestop.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 06:40 PM

Need some basic info guys
My 60gb died yesterday during RB2 song doing the blinking yellow to red business, my question is
if I manage to get it running again what do I need to do with my online account so I can redownload the PSN games I purchased and RB songs. I see you guys are deactivating them I just need some clarification on what do so I can put my paid for DLC on my new sys if get one. Also any info on the 3.15 LAN transfer between systems anyone tried it. Thanks SAD in YLOD land.
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#97 metrognome

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 04:57 PM

Well two nights ago my OG 20GB YLOD'd on me while playing GOW Collection. It is a refurb that I got back from Sony about 1 year after launch (but obviously it was still a launch system) and it has run strong with no problems since then until this. I upgraded the HD to 250 GB at some point as well.

It is weird though I remembered hearing about this but also that its was mostly the 60 GB models. Still it seems there's nothing I can do but try this.

As long as I remove my HD I should not lose any info except what is installed in the PS3 flash drive correct? Also if I end up eventually getting a new slim can I still just put my HD in that one without reformatting/losing data?

I am most def out of warranty so I got nothing to lose by trying. 20-30 bucks for a heatgun and some tubes of goop is better than shelling out $150 to Sony for another refurb. Out of curiousity though, do you think Sony would still send me a 20 GB model or would they just send me a 60 GB since that seems to be what they probably have more of on hand?
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#98 FlipSide

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 12:46 PM

Well two nights ago my OG 20GB YLOD'd on me while playing GOW Collection. It is a refurb that I got back from Sony about 1 year after launch (but obviously it was still a launch system) and it has run strong with no problems since then until this. I upgraded the HD to 250 GB at some point as well.

It is weird though I remembered hearing about this but also that its was mostly the 60 GB models. Still it seems there's nothing I can do but try this.


Pretty much any PS3 before the slim is susceptible to YLOD though it was mostly on the 60GB model, the 80/40/20GB models are not immune.

As long as I remove my HD I should not lose any info except what is installed in the PS3 flash drive correct? Also if I end up eventually getting a new slim can I still just put my HD in that one without reformatting/losing data?


Nope it doesn't work like that, if you put your old PS3 HDD to another PS3, that PS3 will Prompt you to format that hard drive. The only way to get your data out of that HDD is to get that PS3 working again thru reflow or hope that Sony fixes the same PS3 and send it back to you then you can do a DATA transfer by connecting your PS3's.

I am most def out of warranty so I got nothing to lose by trying. 20-30 bucks for a heatgun and some tubes of goop is better than shelling out $150 to Sony for another refurb. Out of curiousity though, do you think Sony would still send me a 20 GB model or would they just send me a 60 GB since that seems to be what they probably have more of on hand?


I don't know what sony would do, it depends on the real reason of YLOD, 9/10 a YLOD is fixable by reflow..the other times it could be a different reason. Shelling out $150 on Sony fixing your PS3 is almost waste of money. If they fix it, your system will YLOD again in a matter of days or weeks, maybe a couple of months..If they send a refurb is just another system that got a problem and was fixed by sony, same thing applies it is living on borrowed time.
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#99 metrognome

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 04:54 PM

Reflow it is then. Gotta order the Flux online so I'll have to wait til that gets here, then buy my heatgun.

I have been able to get it working for short bursts if/when I let it cool down so hopefully I can run a data backup in case I end up having to get a new one...

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#100 lokizz

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 06:28 PM

do you have to do the heat gun bit to complete the fix or can you just reapply the thermal compound? i picked up some of that sliver 5 stuff from radio shack( sorry the shack) since alot of people on diff sites and youtube swear by it. has anyone ever just readded thermal paste and gotten it to work? btw thanks for the flux info whoever posted it ill be picking some of that up too once i find some.

also for those of you who have done this a few times for the same console did adding flux help it last longer?

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 07:47 PM

I'm hoping to just clean up some melted thermal paste and then sell it to somewhere. Right now it just flashes red and I can't get the game out or delete the stock harddrive. I had a 640 gig harddrive in there when it died and I am hoping to put that into the new slim I am going to get. Hopefully all my games, friends, and game saves will show up on the slim when i put the 640 gig hard drive in there. Unfortunately I think I killed my ps3 from having it on like 5-10 hours everyday and having it horizontal for a few months when I got a hd tv in my room. It sucks because it didn't even last 2 years and my original NES that I got with R.O.B. still works. My old saturn and dreamcast still work too, but every sony system I buy dies in less than 3 years.
If i can't get a picture on my system then gamespot probably won't buy it but maybe toys r us would. With no harddrive, a flashing red light, and gta4 in the blu ray drive i doubt it.

#102 FlipSide

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 08:39 AM

do you have to do the heat gun bit to complete the fix or can you just reapply the thermal compound? i picked up some of that sliver 5 stuff from radio shack( sorry the shack) since alot of people on diff sites and youtube swear by it. has anyone ever just readded thermal paste and gotten it to work? btw thanks for the flux info whoever posted it ill be picking some of that up too once i find some.

also for those of you who have done this a few times for the same console did adding flux help it last longer?


Heat Gun is a must. Yeah there are other ways to do it like the OVEN method (250 degrees) or as I've heard people using hairdryers? But a heat gun method is safer and more dependable.

The common reason for YLOD is the PS3's Cell CPU's/GPU's is overheating and causing the surrounding solders to crack, reapplying the thermal compound will not fix that crack.

As for Liquid flux, i think it will help preventing YLOD but I don't think it will prevent it completely. My first YLOD fix lasted 4 weeks but thats heavy gaming, 5-6 hrs on workdays and 8-10 hrs on offdays and I think I used too much thermal compound (not as much as Sony did..when I first opened my PS3 it was like an orgy of thermal paste in there). Using the right amount of Thermal compound and adding flux I think will help but another YLOD is not far off.
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#103 CZroe

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:43 AM

Is there a list of repair services offering true solder reballing? I want to find one that will do it with more flexible lead solder. Screw RoHS... no one is licking the board and I don't intend to ever throw it away.

My 60GB launch unit finally gave up the ghost earlier today. When turned on I get a green light and then it suddenly starts flashing red. If I try repeatedly I can sometimes see a flash of yellow just before it blinks red.

It's got a rented disc stuck inside too. :(

#104 wesdw369

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 05:48 PM

that sucks man, i have an 80 gig bc system i got off a friend for free i plan to fix once tax returns come in. going to resolder all the spots, redo the paste and play around with it, if youve never messed with solder before i def wouldnt do it myself.

I used to be a plumber so I have plenty of exp with soldering, only problem i have is i have a torch with flux and solder have to wait until i get a solder gun instead. if you do decide to do it yourself remember the smaller the amount the best generally speaking the size of a pea is too much


i had a 40gig crap out on me 1 year and 4 days after purchase took it to some guy and he "fixed it" bring it home it was still blinking, kept taking it back and it was always something new had to be fixed so dont trust those garage specialist

sucks you just bought a game from the rental place what game was it?
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#105 dwg0129

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 06:57 AM

I was playing Rock Band 3 today and suddenly my ps3 shut off. When I tried to turn it back on I can hear the fan come on but the unit immediately shuts off and the light blinks red. It won't eject the disk even if I turn the switch off and power it back up with the switch pressed. I verified that the hard drive is good. The Unit gets fairly heavy usage between gaming and streaming content. I have the original launch 20 gb unit. Is the repair for these usually the same as the 60 gb? If I do repair it is it even likely to last or is it time to just buy a new unit?

#106 LottaGames

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 07:06 AM

If you keep it clean then it shouldn't break. The only reason heat builds up is when dust cakes the fans and heatsinks. Look at your PC if you don't believe me. Sure it's a bit of work but regular maintenance should keep you from buying another PS3.

#107 blitz6speed

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:42 AM

I was playing Rock Band 3 today and suddenly my ps3 shut off. When I tried to turn it back on I can hear the fan come on but the unit immediately shuts off and the light blinks red. It won't eject the disk even if I turn the switch off and power it back up with the switch pressed. I verified that the hard drive is good. The Unit gets fairly heavy usage between gaming and streaming content. I have the original launch 20 gb unit. Is the repair for these usually the same as the 60 gb? If I do repair it is it even likely to last or is it time to just buy a new unit?


Sony will fix it for 170 or so and send you a refurb 20gb system that only has 3 months warranty and generally is not worth it. They will also offer you a PS3 slim for 150 if you send in your 20 gig, which is a good deal.

#108 Mr. 420

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:15 PM

Cleaning the console had nothing to do with my blinking red light. I used to clean my console every single day from the outside. The reason mine broke is because i played gta 4 online about 3-6 hours a day, everyday for a year. Dust and dirt had nothing to do with it, the thermal paste is just shitty. I still can't even buy stuff on the video store beacuse i can't deactivate my fat. My copy of gta4 is still stuck in the system, and my system conviniently died minutes after the long awaited gta 4 patch. The thing that really pisses me off is the episodes run like a joke online and the aiming got nerfed. Some guy hit me off my bike in a race the other day and he was literally 20 feet behind me. I can't even stomach the game online and the single player is harder because of the nerfed controls, considering i don't play with autoaim.
Where do i find the screwdriver to open up my machine, i can't find one and don't know the name for the design. My ps3 didn't even last 2 years and i cleaned it everyday.
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#109 UlysisAM

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:20 PM

Just got the YLOD today and will let the system sit unplugged to see if I can get it on just long enough to backup the HDD. Then, I'm going to send it to this site for repair:

http://www.psr1.com/ps3_repair.html

They are cheaper, free return shipping, flat rate, includes all parts and labor, and I am assured I will get my system back with the HDD and not a refurbished replacement.

#110 twitch673

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:34 PM

I'm sure this was covered on here already, but i don't have time to read through every post. I did Gilksy's fix from his youtube video, and it work excellent for about 2 weeks, then it would just shut off after about 15 min. of playing. I also noticed that the unit seemed very quiet. assuming the fan is not kicking in anymore. i tried a hard restart to see if the fan was working, but i only get 2 beeps instead of 3 when i hold the power button in, and the fan doesn't start. does anyone know of a way to test the fan? I assume it shuts off because it's over heating from the fan not turning on. i want to do everything possible to test it before i take this thing apart again. thanks

#111 LXL_Guy

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:59 PM

This just happened to me as I was playing DCUO. Ugh...to fix or just get a new one. Might just pick up a new one with Tax returns.

#112 offensive_jerk

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:54 AM

Has anyone's fix stayed working?

#113 newtype06

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:48 AM

So my 60GB just YLOD'd after almost having it for 6 years. Trying to see if the hairdryer method works...

In any case, I'm planning to buy a new system anyway -- though I'd rather get the old slim than the new one simply because it looks better, cosmetically. I'm pretty positive there won't be any sale currently, hence I was wondering if you guys have any advice for me. Should I keep waiting until Sony drops the price w/ the old slims, or just buy the newer one?

Also, what happens if I call Sony? I heard that if I send my old 60gb, they'd offer me a slim for $100 plus or something...

#114 jessica2332

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 02:32 PM

This is what fixed that stupid blinking red light problem for me http://howtofixstuff...d-light-on.html