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To wrap it up in the smallest paragraph, it's a solder bridge underneath one of the BGA processors which 95% of the time it is the RSX chip. The RSX chip is what generates your graphics. BGA processors basically have a bunch of solder beads that are non-lead and due to extensive heat, bridge together causing the Yellow Light of Death or general hardware failure.
 
Several things could cause the extensive heat.
 
- Poor ventilation, it needs 6 inches all around the console.
 
- Severe dust build up, not allowing proper airflow to extract the heat properly from the system.
 
- Sony uses a cheap base of thermal paste and if the system is one of the original launched versions, the thermal paste is probably evaporated or pushed to the sides and not inbetween the processor and heatsink anymore.
 
It also can be caused by the power supply failing as well. Probably 1 out of every 10 we do, it's the power supply that causes the issue.
 
Now sure you can fix this yourself, it's your system but do keep in mind heat guns, ovens, and all the other home remedies you see fixing a board, is truly not the right way of fixing the system. These methods are only temporary and WILL cause more damage to the system if it's not done properly. We have a lot of people that follow these guides and end up destroying their console and waisting $600.00 and having to buy a new console.
 
Again the choice is yours. If you would like for a professional to help you get the YLOD fixed, we are here for you. We're open 7 days a week from 10:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. CST and this is all we do is repair video game consoles. www.wiredextreme.com

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To wrap it up in the smallest paragraph, it's a solder bridge underneath one of the BGA processors which 95% of the time it is the RSX chip.  The RSX chip is what generates your graphics.  BGA processors basically have a bunch of solder beads that are non-lead and due to extensive heat, bridge together causing the Yellow Light of Death or general hardware failure.

Several things could cause the extensive heat.

- Poor ventilation, it needs 6 inches all around the console.

- Severe dust build up, not allowing proper airflow to extract the heat properly from the system.

- Sony uses a cheap base of thermal paste and if the system is one of the original launched versions, the thermal paste is probably evaporated or pushed to the sides and not inbetween the processor and heatsink anymore.

It also can be caused by the power supply failing as well.  Probably 1 out of every 10 we do, it's the power supply that causes the issue.

Now sure you can fix this yourself, it's your system but do keep in mind heat guns, ovens, and all the other home remedies you see fixing a board, is truly not the right way of fixing the system.  These methods are only temporary and WILL cause more damage to the system if it's not done properly.  We have a lot of people that follow these guides and end up destroying their console and waisting $600.00 and having to buy a new console.

Again the choice is yours.  If you would like for a professional to help you get the YLOD fixed, we are here for you.  We're open 7 days a week from 10:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. CST and this is all we do is repair video game consoles.  www.wiredextreme.com

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