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Is there only one cause of the ylod

i was doing a search for what causes the ylod and i found a web site http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayS...

in case you have trouble finding it the site says that this person had the ylod right after a firmware update and they said they took the hard drive out and made it a slave on another computer and formatted it then re installed it and did a firmware update and that fixed it. so then i came to this site and the manual here says it's basically the same problem the xbox has. so i was wondering if anyone could tell me if this is either a more plausible cause of the ylod or if you know if it's another cause or if it's not plausible at all? any help would be appreciated. thanks.

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Basically to answer your original question, these are a few things that can cause the YLOD:

Dead/Disconnected HDD

Cold-Joint between the CPU/RSX/EE(If your console has one)

Physical Damage to the Motherboard

Dead power supply

Not enough voltage from the power supply (Failing Power Supply)

Jammed/Disconnected Fan (Not Confirmed)

Overheating

Corrupted NAND Flash

Bad Update

Short Circuit

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That site/solution would be wrong, if a firmware update goes wrong, replacing/reformatting the hard drive won't fix it (A dead hard drive, however might cause the YLOD) The PS3's firmware is stored on 2 128MB NAND chips on the motherboard. The hard drive is only required for caching that flash memory when the console boots. You can only access the PS3's flash with a modchip such as an InFecTus (Which has discontinued official support for the procedure, but still works.) So replacing a hard drive, would not fix a failed update, only Sony can recover a bad flash, unless you have a previous backup of the NAND that you can flash back onto the console using the method/chip I mentioned above.

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I created a account just 2 say thank you! I think my prob is the power supply failure because when I tested it it show NOTHING... Thx again

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ylod is essentially the same as the xbox rrod...as i has to do with broken solder joints under the cpu or the gpu. however it can also be a problem with the power supply in the ps3. hope this cleared things up.

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Additionally, ANY hardware failure (including dead fuses, dead/dying RAM) can trigger the YLOD. Essentially, the YLOD simply means 'Something is wrong inside me and I need a hands-on fix.'

I personally check about twelve different 'key points' before I attempt to repair a broken console.

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