A friend's PS3 got the dreaded YLOD and asked me to see if I could do anything. He knew that I have fixed Xbox 360's in the past. I told him that I had never even opened a PS3 before, but he said just see what I could do.
I started researching different sites, vidieos and such and found an Youtube vidieo by ifixit.com. I was impressed by the vid that I said wtf and started browsing the site, found the very detailed guide and the kit. I told myself I can do this no problem. Ordered the kit without the heat gun since I already had a good one.
When I got the kit from ifixit.com (which btw was here in no time) I began reading the guide and took it step by step and had the PS3 torn down in no time. Next I followed the guide and had the old thermal paste off and the chips cleaned off to a nice shine. Applied the new thermal paste from the kit and then started putting the PS3 back together by using the guide in reverse. The quide on the site is in my opinion is one of the best detailed guides out there by far. After I got the PS3 back together I was a little nervous because frankly I did not think it would work. But to my great joy (and my friend) it started right up and was as good to go. IMHO, this site is a life saver for anyone who is looking for help on repairing a PS3. I am sure that the other guides for other repairs are just as good, even though I have not read all of them.
Thank you very much for the great site and PS3 (YLOD) kit.
1. Take your time and follow the fantastic guide to the letter.
2. Set aside a couple of uninterupted time to start and finish your repair.
3. Get or make a tray to hold all the screws and small parts. ( there are a ton of them). I made one out of a plastic hard drive case and some scotch tape. lol. it is a bit ugly but works very well. ( picture attached)
4 The small thermal pads that come with the kit are a pain to take off the protective layer, so get yourself a razor blade of some sort to help out.