PS3 YLOD Permanent Fix
Playstation 3 Yellow Light of Death (PS3 YLOD)
The PS3 YLOD (or yellow light of death) is when your beloved console shines or blinks a yellow light on its front end, indicating that something serious is wrong.
There are two lights that sit beside each other, but the one closest to the edge is the one we're talking about. When you see the yellow light (which may also flash red), you know something is wrong.
Your experience of the YLOD normally comes during intense gameplay when the whole console just freezes up, the game crashes, and you can do nothing to remedy the problem. Along with the console freeze, your Playstation 3 gives an audible alert that something is terribly wrong by giving a few short beeps.
This article will explain what the YLOD is, what causes it, what steps you can take to prevent it from happening, and what you can do to fix the problem yourself.
Yellow or Red Light Blinking on my PS3: What's the Problem?
So why is it that one of today's most expensive game consoles freezes or crashes during gameplay or just flatly refuses to start in the first place? What does that yellow light and its accompanying beeps really mean to you?
In a word, my friend, it means your console is overheating. When your Playstation overheats, it may be a temporary situation where you just need to give it time to cool down, but it might also mean total hardware failure.
The higher the temperature and duration of overheating, the more permanent the possible damage. The unit is made up of the mainboard, GPU, CPU, and other hardware components. Because these components are all adhered to their respective hardware boards with solder, and because solder is nothing more than a drop of a solid metallic stuff, if you let it get too hot or cool too quickly, the solder starts to break down and get brittle and the components disjoin: thus, the YLOD.
What to Do if Your Playstation 3 Is Overheating
The first thing to do is this:
- Shut down, turn off, and unplug your console.
- Leave the console off for 20-30 minutes and allow it to cool down completely.
- Check all the wiring between the console and other accessories (television, audio equipment, etc.)
- Remove the PS3 hard drive from the console. One of the common causes of the YLOD is the connection between the hard drive and the console itself becoming loose due to heat expansion. Take it out and put it back in to see that fixes the problem.
This will only work if there hasn't been permanent damage done to the console, so if you've only seen the YLOD once or twice, it is definitely worth trying.
If the YLOD continues, take these steps:
- Make sure you place your device on a hard, cold surface (a shelf or a table) rather than on an insulating material or situation (a rug, an electronic device, inside a very small and enclosed space).
- Raise it up to make sure the air can flow around it too keep it cool.
- Make sure the vents and fan of your PS3 are not blocked by dust or any other obstacles. You should check these once a month to make sure no dust has accumulated.
- Plug it into a UPS with Voltage Regulation capability to ensure that it's getting the voltage it needs to run properly.
PS3 YLOD Permanent Fix—Is There One?
If none of the above seems to fix the problem, then the chances are something inside the console is bricked (broken). Your options are:
- Send the console to Sony, pay them upward of $150 to repair it, and wait around 6 weeks to get it back in working condition.
- Send your console to a local repair centre. You will probably get it back faster this way but still expect to pay upward of $100 for the privilege.
- You can fix the problem yourself using a phillips head screwdriver, a lint-free cloth, thermal paste, rubbing alcohol, and a heat gun capable of heating to 177ºC (350ºF). You could have the console working again in as fast as an hour. For step-by-step instructions, watch the video below.