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April 12, 2014
I fixed my problem so I can get my old PlayStation back and running since it was the old version that can play the old games.
It went well at first it looks scary with a long step guide but after a while of reading and learning the step it was easy! And surprising fast!
Take your time and do it step by step I did the heat gun lil longer and let warm up good too and spread the thermal real smooth.
April 3, 2014
The Problem presented as the YLOD. Turned on the Playstation 3 (Original Big one) and then it would go orange then flash red.
The repair went awesome as I followed the instructions. I followed them to the letter. After I was done it turned on and was like before. I was super happy. Sorry, no pictures.
Take your time and follow the guide. Don't rush anything. There was a little side affect in my experience but I think it was incidental and the Network module board was fried. All the network stuff stopped working. I since then ordered a replacement and all is working as it should. Thank you iFixit.
March 31, 2014
Our PS3 (80gb backwards compatible) died with the YLOD, and we are too heavily invested in PS2 and PS3 games to move on to PS4, yet.
Following the repair guide, and paying attention to the comments in particular steps was a huge help. I had no problems at all, but on firing the PS3 back up, the fan almost immediately began spinning up to hypersonic speeds. I read some of the comments others had regarding this issue, and realized that the heat sinks were probably not making adequate contact with the GPU and CPU. So I took it apart again (much easier and faster the second time around!), re-cleaned the processors and their heat sinks, and reapplied the thermal paste. Some of the comments related to this suggested that the brackets (removed in step 27) were not pushing down on the heat sinks with either enough force or evenly distributed force. Some suggestions were using paper or business cards between the brackets and the heat sinks, but I used a couple of the thermal pads removed in step 43. Those worked great, and our PS3 is working great, with nary a peep out of the fan!
Save the existing thermal pads removed in step 43. You can reuse a couple of those during reassembly of the heat sink brackets (between the brackets and the heat sink) to increase the force (and distribution of that force) and allow the heat sinks to make solid contact with the processors.
March 27, 2014
Received YLOD after trying a new universal remote on my PS3. Looked up some YT videos about dismantling and tried a couple of times unsuccessfully. After a year of the system sitting in pieces on my floor, I finally bought an iFixit it.
Got motherboard isolated, removed old heating pads (which I did not know about before consulting the guide), applied the heat gun for reflowing the soldier and reassembled the system. Well, sorta. I didn't want to put every screw back in until I saw it come back on. So, I was completely shocked when the system beeped back to life. Then I put almost every screw back into place.
Triumph was short-lived when I discovered the BD drive didn't work. This also kept it from getting updated properly. So, I did some more research and modified the ribbon cable a bit to expose its leads better and plugged them into the logic board on the drive.
From here, everything else went smoothly and I have a working system again. However, I'm likely going to sell as I since bought another machine.
Also, I managed to crack the smallest phillips head bit because a screw was too tightly installed.
If you are going to tear down a gaming console, do it in one sitting and take a picture or otherwise note which screw goes in which hole. I'm fairly sure I didn't match them all up exactly.
March 17, 2014
I noticed that my 80g PS3(MGS Bundle) kept locking up a couple of weeks prior to YLOD. When the YLOD came, I fould ifixit.com. I was a bit skeptical to tackle it at first, but I fiqured "What the !@#$, it's broken anyway".
It took me about 3.5 hours to complete. I took my time to try not to break anything as I was getting in there. The clock battery was a little tough to turn it. I got it, when I lifted it up and then turned.
Have a muffin pan or something to keep the screws in order was great advice from the video. Have a can of air handy because there is more dust in there than you probably imagine. Put enough thermal paste on. I just made sure that I couldn't see any of the top of the CPU and GPU, but try not to over due it.
Fun experience and very fulfilling when it worked.
March 14, 2014
March 10, 2014
System froze up on me during play and shut down....YLOD!!! First time I have ever had a problem with my ps3 :)
The repair went very well. Took my time, labeled my screws, placed all the parts in an ordered fashion so I could put it back together better. Super simple process once you get down to the motherboard. Ifixit guide is an amazing screw by screw, step by step process that is wonderful and easy enough for anyone to do.
Take your time and don't rush or force anything. Labeling your screw on some white blank paper really helps out too. Doing this from and iPhone and won't allow me to put my photos on here...sucks cause I have a good one of the repair.
March 6, 2014
February 28, 2014
I had the famous YLOD on my ps3.i chose to fix it because I thought the video on ifixit made it look fairly simple and it was.
The repair went great I actually repaired three of them since I've received it and without changing the thermal pads on all three they were all successful on the first try. I'm very happy !!!
Take your time clean everything as you go and follow the steps. I don't see why it wouldn't be a success for anyone else.
February 27, 2014
Bought a fat 40GB PS3 in April 2008. Finally gave me the YLOD.
Didn't want to lose my Simpsons episodes or playthrough of Last of Us, so I decided to give this a shot so I could recover my data.
Since my PS3 is a CECHH01, I needed different instructions than the one provided. My system was actually easier to take apart once I figured out what to do.
It took a bit of sleuthing around the net, but with my model number I found a video on YouTube that gave enough advice to get me through. The main thing was making sure I wasn't breaking anything by applying pressure to pull things apart.
I procrastinated doing the thermal paste and pads for a while, simply because I wasn't sure I would do it right and it seemed like one of those things that either works or doesn't. I wasn't even sure my YLOD was caused by bad thermal paste. But for 40 bucks, I couldn't resist the urge to tinker.
Sure enough, the circular method with the heat gun followed by the reapplication of new pads, a simply reassembly, and my PS3 powered up, quieter than ever.
I have no idea how long it will last, but it lasted long enough to do an ethernet Data Transfer from my old 250GB PS3 to my new 500GB Super Slim, which took under 8 hours. So I'm selling it for parts on eBay.
Check videos on YouTube. Look up your exact model number. Make sure you know what you're doing going in, and if you're even remotely technically inclined, you should be just fine. I went in ready to accept that I had wasted 50 bucks, but much to my surprise, it worked beautifully.
Vacuuming out six years of accumulated dust and debris probably helped as well ...