You could probably pull the drive and put it in a new PS3 if that's the direction you choose. Sony will repair it for $150 according to this forum.
So what now? Any way to save what's on that hard drive, game saves etc.? My last backup was a while back...
I've seen instructions to repair the Yellow Light problem. How complicated is this? Feasible for a "normal" person?
Yeah, it's the Euro 60GB launch model.Was that a fatty ps3? It almost just might be better to send it in to sony for a slim ps3, they might still be offering the special to replace it for a slim for only 100-150.
The yellow light is usually caused by the gpu malfunctioning due to poorly applied thermal paste, or the thermal paste drying up over time. The smaller ps3s have lower tdp output, so the issue won't be as likely to happen over time with them.
You should take it to GS, they are giving double in store credit for them. They are also taking broken ones as long as the warranty sticker is not broken on your PS3. Less hassle and you can start playing again that same day.Alright, here's my plan of action for this week...
Then you have to take it to a specialty shop and get it fixed instead of sony. Reading through the posts, it seems you have already sent it to fix once, so this time it might be gone for good. And if the first time it was fixed outside of Sony then sony won't take it for replacement.Need my data on the hard drive, no way around that.
This is the first time it broke down. Found a shop in town that does repairs. That's where I'll take it, then transfer my data to the new slim, then sell the repaired one for whatever it's worth.Then you have to take it to a specialty shop and get it fixed instead of sony. Reading through the posts, it seems you have already sent it to fix once, so this time it might be gone for good. And if the first time it was fixed outside of Sony then sony won't take it for replacement.
If they truly did 'reballing' then it should last basically forever. That price looks more like reflow instead of reballing though.It's the Euro 60GB launch model, so, like peskaa stated, it's still backwards compatible, but not all games work equally well. There are lists on the web, I believe...
It's in the shop right now, getting the "reballing" repair treatment. Costs a little more, but is supposedly the only solution that makes it last a considerable amount of time. The shop guarantees six months, anyways, free repairs if it breaks down again during that time.
If anyone's interested, I'm located in Berlin, Germany.
Nope, Reballing is what he did. Even took photos of the process.If they truly did 'reballing' then it should last basically forever. That price looks more like reflow instead of reballing though.
I had the 60GB US full BC fatty, took it to get professionally reflowed w/ IR & changed the fan for a faster one (No one does reballing where I live). The fix worked great & I sold it here last year and bought a slim because I wanted the portability.
http://ps3repairman.com/ps3-repair-services/ps3-reballing-serviceWhat is PS3 Reballing?
PS3 Reballing Service
When you reball the chips in your PS3 you are removing the "Lead Free" solder joints that hold the chip to the board, then re-attaching the chip using brand new "Leaded" solder.
It is called "PS3 Reballing" because each of the solder joints on the bottom of the chip are so fine and there are so many joints, they are done by using little solder balls. The solder balls are held in place using a special stencil, designed specifically for the PS3 chip.
Reball PS3 ChipThe little "leaded" solder balls are held in place by flux, then pre-soldered to the chip using hot air. The chip is then lined up very carefully on the PS3 Motherboard making sure all solder joints line up perfectly. Once the joints are lined up, hot air heats the chip from the top and melts the solder balls perfectly to the corresponding solder.
PS3 Reball Rework Station
Heating up the motherboard can cause the board to warp and crack. To prevent this from happening the board must be heated evenly. This requires a special Rework Station using hot air and bottom heat.
PS3 Reball Repair vs. PS3 Reflow Repair
Performing a reflow of the solder on your PS3 does work and will repair your system in most cases. The problem with reflowing is eventually the YLOD problem will return. The reason for this is the "Lead FREE" solder used by Sony on the chips. Lead Free solder is very brittle and can crack easily. It is also less resistant to heat than "Leaded" solder and can melt easier. Over time from the chip heating and cooling the "Lead Free" solder will fail again, resulting in the PS3 YLOD returning.
With Reflowing "NO" new solder is applied and the chip is not removed. The chip is just re-heated so that the solder will melt and hopefully re-connect the joints.
With "Reballing" all the old solder is removed. The chip is cleaned, the board is cleaned and brand new "Leaded" solder is applied. Using Leaded solder makes this repair stronger than the original and your system will last for a very long time.