My beloved PS3 (CECHG01) died a couple months ago and I had no time, no cash to have it fixed. Browsing through the internet, I watched a couple of videos about quick fixes (towel+hair dryer trick) but I’m not sure about that fix as I’ve also read horror stories about it. Mine’s a 40gb ,heck I still have Assassin’s Creed 3 that I was unable to remove when it YLOD’ed on me. I managed to remove the disk first by turning off the main power then holding the eject button and turning the main power back to start the fan test then ejected the disk. Yey!
And I came across these videos from Youtube
- PS3 Flashing Red Light Repair Guide
- (PS3) PlayStation 3 YLOD Repair – the proper way to reflow your board
These videos are very easy to follow. Watch them first If you are doing this for the first time. I’m ready to bury my PS3 so if does work or not it’s ok.
What got me convinced to open my PS3 and resurrect it is this video with explanations that are very practical and believable.
After opening up my PS3 cleaned it, removed the dried out thermal paste with rubbing alcohol. I went to look for my thermal paste which I later realized that I haven’t got any, now I don’t have the time to go to the store and buy one. So I opted for the alternative Toothpaste+Vaseline (check out the post on how to do it : Toothpaste+vaseline Adventures!!!), I’ll try the diaper rash cream (As seen on this post : Homemade Thermal Grease) next until I can buy a thermal paste if I have time. Although this fix is temporary, it’s fun to macgyver something and make it work. If my PS3 dies on me again. I’ll just buy a PS4!!!