My original PS3 FAT from 2007 just YLoD on me. I managed to resurrect it by heating up the GPU and CPU with a clothes iron. It came back to life just long enough for me to transfer data to the new unit.

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  1. I put in the oven. Managed to get enough life out of it to play The Last of Us (it ylod’ed me the day I bought the game). Anyway, you can always send the old one for reballing, even though maybe nowadays the cost of it is more or less the same of a new ps3

    1. I saw a ps3 reballing video this morning, it looks like surgery stuff, really impressive. But yeah this ps3 was old and I’m sure that even if I got it fixed, something else would have failed soon.

      1. yeah, really cool stuff. Though i agree. If not the blu ray drive, then almost surely the power supply, sooner or later, and depending on which model you have. I just can’t put my mind to buying a new one because it was one of the first backwards compatible models, and i never really owned a PlayStation 2. So i have a few games that will become useless till i manage to build a decent PC and emulate it.

        1. I thought so too but I actually only got 3 ps2 games since I bought it and I rarely play them now. I might just get a proper ps2.
          While I was transferring data to the new unit I was really surprised how hot the old PS3 was even thought it was just doing stuff in the menu with 0 GPU load. The entire shield was over 60°, the power supply was even hotter.

          1. I wonder why the power supply had to become so hot. Only thing i can think of is that the motherboard was requesting more juice, though i can’t figure out how that’s connect to the lead-free solder problem that YLODs the PS. Do you know if the used that same solder on the newest PS3 as well?

          2. I didn’t really look into it but I know that the new PS3 consumes a lot less power so the hardware must be more efficient. I wonder if the old solder could also create an additional resistor value on the processor pins causing an increase in consumption and heat.

          3. Well, if that’s true, it would explain the power demand from the power supply. They could have just used a custom socket for their CPU and GPU though, instead of soldering the damn things. I hope the new models are efficient enough as to not stress the solder too much and YLOD as well. I still have to hear people with the newest slims complain about it, but there were cases of people with the first slim model that managed to get the YLOD

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