PS3 YLOD FAQs – Everything You Wanted to Know About PS3 YLOD

What is PS3 YLOD?

PS3 Yellow Light of Death is also referred as YLOD. It is the situation in which a PS3 starts emitting flashing yellow light. As per Sony, it means “general hardware failure” Other symptoms are 2-3 beeps, flashing red light etc.

What are symptoms of YLOD?

The most common symptoms of PS3 YLOD are

  • Flashing yellow/green/amber colored light
  • 2 or 3 beep sounds
  • PS3 freezing up during starting up, while playing game or movie.

What are the causes of YLOD?

YLOD is caused due to PS3 getting overheated and thereby causing the components to get detached.

Can YLOD be fixed?

Yes, YLOD can be fixed very easily. The aim is to connect the detached component back and the PS3 will be good to go.

Who can fix YLOD?

You have 3 choices ahead of you.

  • Ask Sony: You can contact Sony and ask them to repair your PS3. Keep in mind tough that it comes with a huge charge.
  • Find a repairman: You can try searching for a reputable repairman in your area. Beware though, since even if you find one he will be running short of time and may not give proper attention to your PS3. You may have to wait for upto 3 weeks and may need to shell out upto $100.
  • Fix YLOD yourself: You will need some easily available tools and a very good PS3 repair guide.

How to fix PS3 YLOD?

You have 3 choices-

  1. Give it to Sony: Give your PS3 to Sony and let them fix it. They’ll charge $150 (+shipping + taxes) and will return your PS3 in 4-6 weeks. Also, Sony will remove all the data from your HDD when repairing YLOD.
  2. Find a repairman: Give it to a repairman and ask him to fix it. He’ll charge around $100 and will take around 3 weeks. Good luck finding a reputable repairman who will do good quality repair work.
  3. Fix it yourself: Buy a professional repair guide and fix your PS3 yourself. It will cost you $37 and around 2 hours to fix your PS3 YLOD.

Video Game FAQs

There are a ton of video game faqs that can be found. It literally can be anything video game related. How do you defeat the boss? How do you complete the level? So on and so forth. The faqs in this article will be more targeted toward gaming in general. With that said, let’s get started:

Which console is better, Xbox 360, PS3 or Nintendo Wii?

This question really has no right or wrong answer. The reason for this is because each console has something different to offer. The Xbox 360’s biggest difference is it’s solid online gaming. Both the PS3 and Wii are lagging behind in this area. If your one for online gaming, then the Xbox 360 is for you.

The PS3, while lagging behind in the online department, is a very powerful system. On top of this, they have and will have popular gaming exclusives that no other console will have. Games such as Metal Gear Solid 4, God Of War, and the list goes on. The Wii, on the other hand, offers a different way to play games. It’s main control interface is motion-based, and has many games accessible to the entire family. Wii Sports and Wii Fit is a good example of this.

Which console is the most powerful?

This question has brought up many debates among gaming fans. When push comes to shove though, I would have to give the most powerful “prize” to the PlayStation 3. Besides it’s powerful processor, games like Metal Gear Solid 4 drill that point home even more for me. If you want any indication of the power of the PS3, then check out that game. Now, just because the PS3 may be the most powerful console technically, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all the best looking games will be played for it. That all depends on how video game developers choose to exploit and tap into that power, and how easy or difficult it is to develop for that particular console. Moving on with our video game faqs…

Would it be OK to own more than one console, or should I stick with just one?

If you can afford it, I’d say get more than one. I would personally recommend owning two, tops. If you want all three, and can afford it, then go for it. Which two consoles though, you may be asking? The Wii coupled with either the PS3 or Xbox 360. The simple reason for this is because those two consoles complement each other very well. They are both different enough that you can get a unique gaming experience on each console. If you were to purchase the PS3 and Xbox 360, in my opinion the gaming experience would be too similar and thus you probably wouldn’t feel like your getting as much value as you’d want for the money you spent.

That just about wraps it up. Just remember that it doesn’t matter which console you decide to purchase. In the end, you’ll still be having a blast with all your favorite video games. Each console has something unique to offer, so you really can’t lose. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this “episode” of video game faqs. Now get out there and start playing some video games!