==== ====Copy and BackUp Your Video Gamshttp://bit.ly/yi8y4c==== ====The PS3 Yellow Light of Dead (or YLOD) and the PS3 Red Light of Death are probably 2 of themost common faults afflicting the PS3 console.In this article I will briefly explain the sequence of indicator lights on the PS3 console that you needto look out for that confirms that your console is suffering from the Yellow Light of Death or the redindicator fault; why these faults occur in the first instance; and how to effectively mitigate, avoid ortroubleshoot your way out of a potentially catastrophic failure of your game system that can end upcosting you at least a couple of hundred dollars to fix.Its unfortunate but true, PS3 faults are a common occurrence with the blinking Yellow Light faultprobably being the most serious and widespread problem. It is thought that many of the problemsoccurring with the PS3 console is largely due to a design flaw, making it vulnerable to failure.PS3 Yellow Light of DeathIf the power status light on your console flashes or blinks from green to yellow and back to green,this is known as the "yellow light of death". If what you experience is a power status light thatflashes red after using your console for 3 or more minutes and then shuts down, then you arelikely to be experiencing the red light of death.Its widely believed that the main cause of the Yellow Light of Death is due to the processor gettingso hot during heavy use of the console that the tiny solder points on the GPU liquefies and overtime loses its connection with the motherboard.Older PS3s tend to be more vulnerable to YLOD and its believed that this may be due to themhaving older less efficient processors that generate more heat than the newer PS3 models. Theofficial line from Sony however is that the yellow indicator warning light can be caused for a varietyof reasons, without giving any further explanationWhat we do know from the many PS3 owners that have experienced the YLOD fault is that theonly repair that seems consistently to work involves opening up the PS3 console and using a heatgun to heat up the CPU / GPU and direct chipsets.However, in a limited number of cases, the YLOD warning may be due to a faulty power supplypreventing the console from properly booting up. To determine what is causing the YLOD, switchthe console off and allow it to cool down for at least 20 minutes. Then turn the console on andlisten closely for the fan. If the fan powers on briefly and then switches off again, you are likely tohave a problem with the motherboard. If you dont hear the fan on start-up, then the likely problemis with the power supply.
PS3 Red Light of DeathThe red light error may also be caused by overheating but equally it may also be because of amajor hard drive failure. Depending on how often you use your PS3 and how well you look after it,a hard drive ought to last on average at least 3 to 5 years.Of the two YLOD is the more serious as it tends to indicate an internal fault needing a professionalrepair. A flashing red indicator light on the other hand is often the precursor to more seriousinternal problems. So if you are experiencing a red warning light, all is not lost. In fact even if youare getting a yellow warning light, you may still be able to recover you PS3 system if you catch itearly enough.Since we know that many of the problems that arise with the PS3 are due to overheatingespecially if the console is being used for long periods of time, here are some of the things thatyou can do to prevent serious damage:Ensure that the air vents on console are not obstructed in any way.Allow at least 4 inches of clearance on all sides of the PlayStation 3 for adequate ventilation.Remove the PlayStation console from any cabinets, away from other stacked electrical equipmentand dont tuck it into corners of the room as these areas promote heat build up.Check for dust on and around the air vents as well as inside the console, as this can choke yourPS3 of air, preventing it from cooling down, which itself can lead to fan failure.7 Steps For Retrieving YLOD and Red Light of Death PS3 ErrorsIf your PS3 is not functioning because of a possible YLOD or Red Light error issue, here is a briefoutline of what you can do to recover your PS3 console:Shut down the PS3 console and all peripheralsDisconnect the console and allow to cool down in a well ventilated location.Safely remove all dust and perform a "PS3 Fan Test".Reconnect cables, ensuring that you check all cables and connections that they neither loose nordamaged.Perform "PS3 Safe Mode" and reboot your PS3 system - particularly relevant if your PS3 is failingto boot up.Check PS3 system settings and ensure that you have the latest software download update.The final troubleshoot procedure is whats called a PS3 heard drive reset, which simply involvesremoving the hard drive cassette and reinserting it.If you would like a more detailed walk through of the above 7 steps on how to fix PS3 Yellow Lightof Death and PS3 Red Light of Death click on the links or go to ps3-help.com.
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