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Apr 19

If you’re looking to extend the life of your PS3 console and help prevent the yellow light of death, your console will need some extra cooling. By keeping your console cool you’ll be putting less stress on the components and this makes them last much longer than normal.

But doesn’t the PS3 already have a cooling fan? Yes, but frankly its not very good and Sony had to make some compromises on the quality due to a limited amount of space, this means that the factory cooling solution is not the best and it can also be very noisy.

You can increase the lifespan of your PlayStation 3 by adding a external fan or by replacing the original internal fan with a upgraded version.

Below are some of the most popular ps3 cooling fan solutions.

PS3 External USB Cooling Fan

ps3 usb cooling fan

This fan is a very simple design and plugs into the usb port on the front of your console, it provides additional cooling by pushing air through the vent on the front of the console. It’s four independent fan design is compact and very easy to use, and includes a power switch on the fan itself so can be turned on /off independently of the console.
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Nov 06

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The PlayStation 3 is Sony’s latest generation console, which allows powerful graphics and game processing. With its price, the last thing the owners want to see is the “Light of Death” signal. If there are hardware errors, the LED beneath the power button of the console flashes a solid red or yellow light. If the unit is still covered by Sony’s warranty, just send it to them for repair. However, if you are already outside the warranty period, repairs from the company can be very costly. Fortunately, there are affordable red and yellow light repair options.

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Nov 04

PS3 console in upright position

The YLOD or the Yellow Light of Death is the most feared LED signal that a PlayStation 3 can give. It means that you have a problem with the motherboard. In contrast, the flashing of red light means that there is a “general” hardware failure. Red light may mean that there are errors in cable connection, or your hard drive can be broken. The appearance of yellow light is a much worse case, since it means that there is something wrong with the heart of your console.

The YLOD is comparable to a personal computer’s Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and an Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death (RROD). If you want to avoid this dreaded error, you must do the following to take care of your PS3: Continue reading »

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Nov 02

Doctor showing how to prevent red light

The yellow light of death or YLOD is probably the most dreaded light signal that a PlayStation 3 unit can give. It may happen unexpectedly. You may be playing peacefully when, all of a sudden, the screen blanks out. After immediately trying to turn it on, the LED just beneath the power button turns yellow. Nothing appears on your screen. This may be an indication of hardware failure. More often, there are chances that after a few hours of rest, your PS3 unit may work again. However, the yellow light may persist and the unit may not start-up again.

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Oct 30

What is YLOD?

YLOD or Yellow Light of Death is the most feared LED signal from the PlayStation 3. The solid yellow light beneath the on-off button means that there is a hardware problem with the console’s motherboard. In contrast, a red blinking light means that there is a problem with your hard drive. Motherboard failure is more feared, since the board holds the processor and graphic cards of the PS3. The most common cause of motherboard damage is overheating. Continue reading »

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Oct 28

PS3 with the yellow light of death

The Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) indicates that there may be problems with the console motherboard. If you see it for the first time, don’t panic. The damage may not be permanent. Overheating of the console can cause the solders to loosen, resulting in broken or faulty connections in the board. The best first aid is to give your console a rest. Wait for twenty minutes to one hour before restarting your PS3.

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Oct 23

PS3 slim console with the yellow light of death header image

Despite Sony’s best efforts to curb the yellow light problem with their new PS3 Slim console we are now receiving many reports of this fault even with the new slim consoles. Gamers can’t believe their luck!

Although the problem seems to be much less of an issue when compared to the failure rate of the older PS3 consoles I’m sure we are going to see quite a few of these slim consoles with the yellow light fault due to the sheer numbers of consoles sold at the new lower price point and better spec (bigger hard drive).

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Jul 29

Good idea to backup your game saves

One of the biggest complaints about the yellow light fault is that it’s bad enough that your console has failed and you can no longer play your favourite games or anything else for that matter but an extra depressing fact is that all your saves games are stuck on your hard drive and unless you go to a quality repair centre you may never get them back, all those hours of game play for nothing. Continue reading »

Jul 29

Screen shot of the blue screen of death

Nobody knows for sure where exactly the term “yellow light of death” but it appears to stem from symptom on windows computers that crashed leaving the user with a blue screen and ominous error code, the blue screen somehow coined the term BSOD or “blue screen of death” since then many electronic items that display some kind of Continue reading »

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Jul 29

The first reports of the yellow light of death appeared on popular gaming forums in December 2007 and quickly escalated into a full blown crisis for gamers worldwide but particularly in the United Kingdom and United States where the problem hit a all time high in September 2009 when the BBC’s watchdog program high lighted the topic and the problem has been floating around this highly reported level ever since, Sony admitted their was a problem with some of the consoles and stated that 12,500 out of 2.5 million had failed due to the yellow light of death but my personal estimate is probably closer to 500,00 failures or maybe even more that have failed in less than 24 months since purchase.

DIY Yellow Light Repair Guide helps you fix your own PS3 in minimal time and cost. Continue reading »

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