I know how you might be feeling right now; your expensive piece of entertainment just turned into a giant door stopper. You have every right to be pissed off at Sony especially since they’re going to be charging you $150 just for the fix. If you’re shipping your console, it’s going to cost you some more money.
Try These Repair Tips
There’s a chance your PS3 has overheated. Turn it off for about 30 minutes and let it cool down. Then, fire it up again and see if this temporarily fixes the problem.
I’m sure you’ve done this already, but check to make sure everything is properly plugged in and that the software on the hard drive is up-to-date.
Take the hard drive out, make sure the connections are clean, let it cool for a bit and plug it back in.
After you’ve exhausted those options above, you can then assume that you have the more serious issue that many owners of the PS3 are starting to see. If the Xbox red light of death wasn’t enough…
You Can Have Sony Repair Your PS3
This is the option that Sony will tell you when you call them up asking what the heck is going on. You may see them telling you to do this as well on forums. Seeing how it only takes 30 minutes to an hour to repair the YLOD, it only makes sense for Sony to tell you to send it in – they get a fat pay check out of it. This option is for gamers that have money and are fine with waiting a few weeks to play games again. If you want to get your PS3 repaired sooner…
You Can Fix the YLOD Yourself
This is what most of you are searching for as was I. I wanted to know how I could fix it on my own without having to shell out a lot of money. It is definitely the quickest and most efficient method as long as you know how to do it and there are guides online explaining how to do it for a much lower cost than sending it in.
Don’t expect Sony to teach you how to fix the PS3 YLOD. They want to cash in on their mistake and charge a way over-priced amount for a simple procedure.