Can the YLOD on the PS3 be fixed?

I was able to fix the YLOD on my PS3 by wrapping it up in towels and using a hairdryer. I melted the side of it in the process, but it fixed the issue for a while. It has gotten the same error again, but this time the hair dryer fix didn’t work. Is there a better/ permanent way to fix the YLOD on the PlayStation 3.

1 Answer

Dan Hastings

It is near impossible to fix this. If you are skilled you may be able to resolder all of the damaged components on a PS3 motherboard, but even if you do there is no guarantee it will work. The heat damage caused before the YLOD eventually kicks in can cause irreparable damage to the components inside the PS3 that even repairing the soldiers won’t be enough to fully fix it. 

The real reason we get the YLOD is that the PS3 gets too hot and is not good enough at getting rid of the heat. Unless you build a new case for the PS3 that is supercooled, the YLOD is something you will have to deal with eventually. 



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