PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit If you're following the YLOD repair guide, stay tuned for where to apply the replacement thermal g: gilksy ‎| ‎Must include: ‎gilksy. Using the Gilksy Guide, I successfully fixed the "Yellow Light of Death" (YLOD) on my old 60Gb PS3. All I needed was the following items. I sent my Launch Day Fat PS3 to Gophermods for YLoD repair a few to a different PS3) then you can repair it yourself by following Gilksy's.


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Slide cover plate towards the left until it stops and lift off. Remove all Phillips screws marked noting size and position.


Note the size and position of all screws, and remove them. Hinge case towards you until disengaged and then tilt towards the left.

Remove ribbon cable by carefully lifting black part of connector locking tab. Lift blue ray drive.

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Remove 5 screws and the earth wire screw on psu, and unplug connector plug. Before removal of gilksy ps3 ylod fix unplug small bnc connector black wire and remove tape on side of psu, now lift off psu.

Now remove the wide ribbon from connector lift tab gilksy ps3 ylod fix the four screws on the Bluetooth board and remove. Remove hard drive cover. Unscrew blue hard drive screw and disengage harddrive by sliding towards gap in the bay.

Gilksy's Playstation 3 (PS3) Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix and Repair Guide

Remove small ribbon lift tab and remove control panel. Gilksy ps3 ylod fix 8 screws, see below. Lift enclosure out of plastic base. Now unclip black rear panel and remove. Unscrew 4 screws and remove sprung brackets, see below. Lift of metal cover plate whilst allowing ribbons to pass through gaps in plate without damage, see below.


Taking note where heat sink rubbers are positioned. Supporting fan assembly, turn gilksy ps3 ylod fix over, remove fan power connector and fan, see below. Remove 2 screws holding plate to hard drive connector and unplug battery connector. Clean off old heat sink compound from the 2 main processors using Isopropyl alcohol making sure all traces of the old heat sink compound has gone.

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Once cleaned you should now have a nice pile ofbits that looks something like this, see below. With that carbon in the way the solder balls will not adhere to gilksy ps3 ylod fix solder pad unless there is some residual flux left over or new flux is added.

I'm not just talking from my expertise, I'm talking fact here.

You can get away with reflowing it once half of the time without adding flux. I use flux on everything I solder to ensure a good connection, even if the solder is already rosin core.


You can never have too much flux. These paragraphs below are taken from the soldering wiki. In high-temperature metal joining processes welding, brazing and solderingthe primary purpose of flux is to prevent oxidation of the base and filler materials.

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Tin-lead solder, for example, attaches very well to copper, but poorly to copper oxides which form quickly at soldering temperatures.

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