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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.

How can I prevent this problem?

You can prevent YLOD and extend the life of your PlayStation3 through power protection and proper ventilation. Others may think it’s too much, but it is just fine to connect your console to an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) unit. This will protect the device from electrical surges. Keeping and running your console in an air-conditioned room will also prevent overheating and melting of tiny solders.

If you don’t run the console in a cold room, at least keep a fan dedicated to it. It is recommended to stand the PlayStation 3 on its vertical position. Just keep it away from anything that can bump it. With a vacuum, regularly remove dust particularly in the rear ventilation. You can also install auxiliary fans which are certified by Sony.

YLOD Home Repair

Homebrew solutions to fix the Yellow Light of Death are getting popular. You do not have a problem with repairs if your PlayStation 3 is still covered by warranty. However, if you are already outside the warranty period, repairs can be costly. Repairs by Sony may take a lot of time and a lot of money. Communities of PS3 users, and even commercial companies, have developed home-based repair of the console. These DIY techniques will allow you to use the gaming set again in just a few hours.

“Cooking” is one of the most popular methods in fixing motherboard problems. This does not require any knowledge on electronics. You will need a hot air pump or blow dryer to heat the motherboard. First, you will have to open the box of the PS3, and face the rear vent section. With the medium to highest setting, move the blow dryer back and forth. Try to evenly heat the entire rear section of the console. Do this for 10-20 minutes. Then, let your PlayStation 3 cool down with a fan. When it is already at room temperature, you can connect it back to power and to your television for testing. If it doesn’t work, repeat the process by exposing the console to the blow dryer for 30 minutes.

Cooking the console may sound a little farfetched but it’s worked for many. Physical impact and overheating may soften or melt the solders of the motherboard. This can lead to faulty or interrupted connections. Through cooking, the solders are again softened to return them to their original shapes. However, let your PlayStation 3 rest and be tested before doing this method. Sometimes, the unit just needs to cool down to get rid of the YLOD warning.

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