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Old 01-24-2011, 03:35 PM
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Please excuse my ranting and raving, but I'm currently fit to be tied!

My PS3 just died, so I did some research online, only to discover the "yellow light of death" is a common problem. It's most commonly associated with the heat sink paste wearing out and causing over heating issues. It's supposedly not that hard to fix, and takes about a half hour.

I finally got someone at Sony to speak with me. It seems that they have a total of two (2) authorized repair facilities in the US, and they only work through mail order. It'll cost me $129 to find out if they can fix it, then it'll cost me what ever they decide, to do the actual repairs.

There is noone locally who can fix these things, or atleast anyone that will admit to it.

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I'll continue to research and hopefully I'll come up with something, otherwise I'll be sending it off to the nether regions in hopes that it can be fixed.

I'm pretty sure that my son will be even more ticked off than I am.

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Old 01-24-2011, 04:06 PM
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So it's just a matter of removing the heat sink, slapping on some thermal grease and reattaching the heat sink? I'd tear into it myself if it were me. The grease in this link is top of the line and is commonly used on overclocked PC's to control heat dissipation. http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Silver-.../dp/B002CZAPUQ
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This is similar to the Red ring of death on the x-box. It's a pretty simple fix, Randy nailed it right on the head.
I suggest if your warranty has expired to do the work yourself. There are lots of vid's on youtube.
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thanks perhaps I'll try to tear into it when I calm down a little....

As of right now, I can't even get the damn thing to power on...

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Given the price they're going to charge you to look at it, I'd say you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying yourself.
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at 130 plus shipping.. a new one is 299 + tax try it yourself. look in your local want ads some computer shops will dive into them for you as well.. we have one in town that works on them if they are out of warranty i can check local prices for ya.
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Ok... called up our local repair place he said the root cause of the yellow light is the solder joints of the GPU (graphics prossessing unit) go bad and need to be resoldered. They can be cheap when re-doing this but since you are already getting the light if it works he said (20% chance it will fix it depnds how damaged it is) you will only get another year out of the unit. The thermal paste is gone due to the excessive heat the gpu creates when the solderjoints are bad. (my guess is from arcing or trying to work thru a bad connection.) makes sense if you solder things.

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Thanks Chill...

I pretty much figured out that it was solder joints on either the GPU or CPU (isn't YouTube wonderful?) I'm just not sure I'm up to trying to tackle the problem, only to have it reappear again within a few months at most, or a year at best.

I've watched several YT videos on this subject, and there is lots and lots of disassembly and reassembly involved. I'll look into if I have the right tools, and if I can borrow a heat gun, but I'm pretty sure that I'll eventually just buy new, and then try to mess with the old unit. Of course much depends on what comes out of the conversation that I shall have with my wife later....

If I do buy the new unit, I do believe that I'll be the "inter cooler" that is out there too. All that it does is provide a little more air flow, which to my semi-trained mind means there is a less chance of this issue reoccurring.

more to follow

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Damn...that sucks Exco!!!

If they have addressed the problem in the newer generation I agree, maybe get a new one and then mess with the old one and see if you can get it running.

Sorry for your troubles!
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I'm gonna see if I can do something with it tomorrow. I've done some checking locally, and noone works on 'em in my area... never realized I was that far in the sticks... here I thought Shreveport, LA was a decent sized city, shows what I know.

Like Randy said, I've got everything to gain, and nothing to lose. As it is now, it's screwed up and doesn't work, so if I break something, then at least I'll have a reason to spend the $130+ to get it fixed.

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