PS3 – Light Of My Life
Well, it’s been a while since it happened (view original post here) but it’s all sorted now – woohoo!
So, I ended up buying a Slim after this happened and had been meaning to try and tackle the YLOD problem as soon as possible. Only did it yesterday and many noticeable differences already.
The machine is a lot quieter, it sounds exactly like the Slim when its on whereas before the YLOD it was like it was a tractor in a previous life. This is a common observation for most sufferers who fixed it. It’s as if Sony had done a half-assed job when putting them together…which can be backed up by the thermal compound.
If you follow this guide, like I did, you’ll notice he states to make a very thin, even layer on the plates with the thermal compound. When I took mine apart, they looked like this:
Not sure how long it’ll last but if it lasted a good couple of years with the compound done incorrectly as you can tell from the above pic then, in theory, it should last a lot longer – unless the board needs to be reflowed on a regular basis as a result of the original problem…time will tell.
If you have the same issue, follow the guide – I really didn’t think it’d work and I had to kinda close my eyes and squint when I first powered it on out of fear that it’d blow up, but also out of curiosity as to if it would actually work.