on 09-01-2011 12:03 PM
Thanks for looking – my Nov 2007 60GB PS3 last week developed the YLOD. It won't let me access safe mode, nothing, turn it on and well, the unfortunate of you know where it goes from there.
I’ve taken it apart and was surprised by the lack of dust within, I work as an AV and IT tech so hope I know what I’m looking at. I can see or smell no signs of heat or burning, to be honest it’s never been used excessively (maybe 2 hours at a time) so I’m not that surprised.
What I am puzzled by is the fan, does anyone know anything about them? If I connect a power supply across the pos and neg it spins, but only for a second and then stops. Is the fan a stepper motor or PWM type arrangement? Or does anyone have a PS3 in bits and if so would you be able to confirm this is what it should do please? I know some PC fans work like this.
Any ideas or help gratefully received.
on 10-01-2011 12:28 AM
on 10-01-2011 10:24 AM
The YLOD is no mystery. The CELL and RSX processers become to hot and the solder cracks losing connection to the motherboard.
All you have to do is take apart the PS3, remove the dried thermal compound with rubbing alcohol, heat up the CELL and RSX with a heat gun at 350c for 15-18 seconds, reapply thermal paste, I recommend Artic Silver then reassemble and it should be fixed. I've used this method several times on my own and friends PS3's.
This is only a temporary fix and can last from a few weeks to a few months but you just repeat the process and your good to go.
I highly recommend searching you YouTube for "gilksy" and watch his video's several times until you are familar with the process or even use them while you do it as a step by step guide.
It does become easy once you've done it a few times but can be quite daunting at first.
on 10-01-2011 04:59 PM
Thanks for your replies.
More than happy to reflow the solder if need be, I'm just not convinced it's that. I've seen things that get hot and this has none of the tell tale signs so I would rather not do it if I don't need to. Since it seems to only be a temp fix etc - If it ain't broke as they say - now I know it is broke, but maybe not the solder.
I'll stump up and buy a fan if need be I just didn't want to buy one if I don't need it, I'd love to know how they work first.
on 10-01-2011 07:39 PM
Why do you want to replace the fan? Does it still rotate when the PS3 is turned on?
I'm pretty sure it's the soldering. Use Gilsky's tutorial to fix it on youtube.
I bought a new slim and then reflowed my old PS3 and it seems to work, the question is for how long.
10-01-2011 07:51 PM - edited 10-01-2011 07:54 PM
When the PS3 is turned on it switches itself off (YLOD) in about a second or so.
The fan when out of the PS3 only spins for about the same amount of time. What I've been doing is running it out of he PS3 (to test it) with a power supply from a synth, same voltage and amps etc, and as soon as you connect it spins but only briefly, then stop.
So yeah - it does work but I'm not sure it works properly either in or out of the PS3, I'm thinking if the fan is shorting or not working and therefore the PS3 may detect this and shut down. I've read YLOD is a sign of a generic hardware fault/failure.
Thinking I may try the solder anyway, nothing to lose but my game saves (as they say).......will just always have a nagging doubt about the fan.
Off to YouTube to check out Gilksy - Cheers
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