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post #1 of 41
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starting of unit, I hear the cooling fan start up and then from green to yellow to blinking red light comes on....i've taken the hard drive out and had a computer company check it out...it shows no problem...
I think it maybe a power supply problem...even the motherboard...any suggestions? this unit is one of the first series of 2006....
post #2 of 41
1st gen PS3s are dropping like flies and constantly in Feb 2009. I expect that to continue, clearly it is no coincidence this is happening constantly this month, if you got a 1st gen PS3 do not be surprised when it happens to you.

If you want SONY to deal with it then it will cost 150 bucks(+ tax) and they will exchange your dead PS3 for a like new working PS3 with 3 months of warranty, or you could go to some guy on Ebay supposedly who says he fixes it for $75.

My 2nd PS3( same as yours 60 gig) went through this last week, I already sent it to SONY and I should get my replacement by the end of next week. Sony rep told me that if the problem is something other then mr YLOD they send it to a repair shop, but customers with YLOD issues get their PS3 instantly replaced with another PS3 that will look brand spanking new(SHELL) and refurbished inside to work like new.
post #3 of 41
Please use the SEARCH function. There are already threads that detail what the Red Light means and the steps you can take to rectify it.
post #4 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

1st gen PS3s are dropping like flies and constantly in Feb 2009. I expect that to continue, clearly it is no coincidence this is happening constantly this month, if you got a 1st gen PS3 do not be surprised when it happens to you.
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??? ??? blanket statement much???

I have a Day 1 launch 60GB.....I have save files on it from 11/16/06!

I have not one hiccup nor has my brother who has the same system (has it in his dorm no less) nor has my buddy who has a launch 20GB and his brother who has a 60GB...
post #5 of 41
All I am saying is DO NOT be shocked or surprised if it happens, look around you and notice which PS3s are dropping like flies, never assume you will not be next. YLOD doesn't give you signs, it just happens out of no where, I wasn't even playing mine when it happened. I went to turn it on a day after it was all fine and YLOD said hello, I was just like you assuming mine was all fine since I had it since day 1 but I soon realized what was happening to those PS3s and the rest is history.
post #6 of 41
gslide has a point. it could happen to anyone. dont be shocked. i have 150 in the bank just incase lol.

older ps3 (60gb) = more usuage = most likely to go bad faster.
post #7 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

All I am saying is DO NOT be shocked or surprised if it happens, look around you and notice which PS3s are dropping like flies, never assume you will not be next. YLOD doesn't give you signs, it just happens out of now where, I wasn't even playing mine when it happen. I went to turn it on a day after it was all fine and YLOD said hello, I was just like you assuming mine was all fine since I had it since day 1 but I soon realized what was happening to those PS3s and the rest is history.

I have 2 20gig launch units and a 60 gig launch unit and they all work with no problems.

Personally, I don't believe all the crap on the PS forums about systems going down after updating and launch units breaking. You just have to look at the users that are posting which seems to be new users that post that their systems broke then 2 days later, you hear nothing else. Even the list that someone compiled on the PS3 forum only has about 200 names. Let's assume that everyone is telling the truth, given that their are more than 20 million units sold, I really don't see this being such a big deal.

If/when my PS3 breaks then I will have it repaired like all other electronics that fail, but I doubt I have to worry about my PS3 breaking anytime soon.
post #8 of 41
Well I am not a newbie poster and I have had 3 Playstation 3s now. 1 was a 60GB launch which died from the YLOD. The second was a replacement which also died from the YLOD. Both after 11 months. I had to pay 150 to get another ones.

I strongly believe there are inherent defects in the power supply and/or motherboard of the 60gb versions with BC. Don't be blind fanboys. I love my PS3 but there is most definately a problem with the earlier revisions.
post #9 of 41
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Originally Posted by bgarner View Post

I have 2 20gig launch units and a 60 gig launch unit and they all work with no problems.

Personally, I don't believe all the crap on the PS forums about systems going down after updating and launch units breaking. You just have to look at the users that are posting which seems to be new users that post that their systems broke then 2 days later, you hear nothing else. Even the list that someone compiled on the PS3 forum only has about 200 names. Let's assume that everyone is telling the truth, given that their are more than 20 million units sold, I really don't see this being such a big deal.

If/when my PS3 breaks then I will have it repaired like all other electronics that fail, but I doubt I have to worry about my PS3 breaking anytime soon.

It isn't a big deal(like RROD) but you are being ignorant to assume people on PS are lying or making stuff up, YLOD is very real and as of late very common all over the internet not just PS forums. I got a surprised for you, you ain't counting on the ones that DO NOT go express their experience on the net, you fail to even wonder about those people, not every gamer out there is like you and me all into forums.

Also keep in mind that out of those 20 million sold, like 1 million+ are 60 gigs models, remember that to Sony 60 gigs do not even exist anymore as they literally took them off the market VERY FAST( less then 1 year after it came out), which makes me wonder if they knew of this issue back then as they prepared to revision the design into the 40 gig design which came out of phasing out the 60 gigs back in oct 2007.http://www.mcvuk.com/news/28476/Sony...tinue-60GB-PS3

One last thing people need to realize is that 60 gig models ARE NOT part of their whole "we got a less then 2 percentage of death rate" talking point, to Sony the PS3 are the 40 gig design which sort of seemed like a relaunch of sorts when it happened. Those have run into small issues but nothing like YLOD but rather simple issues like BR Drive lens issues or other normal issues with game consoles.
post #10 of 41
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Originally Posted by sethhobrin View Post

Well I am not a newbie poster and I have had 3 Playstation 3s now. 1 was a 60GB launch which died from the YLOD. The second was a replacement which also died from the YLOD. Both after 11 months. I had to pay 150 to get another ones.

I strongly believe there are inherent defects in the power supply and/or motherboard of the 60gb versions with BC. Don't be blind fanboys. I love my PS3 but there is most definately a problem with the earlier revisions.

No one is. Glslide likes to be melodramatic.

~21 million units have sold. The failure rate is pegged somewhere around 3%, just above normal CE failure rates.

That's 630,000 unlucky fellows with units dying or dead out of the box. 630,000 people that are most likely somewhat tech savvy, and run to the internets to find answers or bitch and complain. Don't get me wrong, 630K is a lot of people, but when you account for total sales, it's a drop in the bucket.

Just because there's 2000 people on Sonys forums complainings because they were one of the unlucky but expected failures, isn't a reason to make sweeping generalizations. 2000 people posting at Sonys forum would swamp that forum, yet it's only 3% of the expected failures!

See what I'm getting at.

Also, Glsides post above is pure conjecture. Nice that he wants to be a private eye, but he has no proof of his assumptions besides a need to explain why he was unlucky.
post #11 of 41
Pssh. Your... logic has no place on the internet, Pal.
post #12 of 41
Launch 60 gig'r. No problems here. This fly is still flying...
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Originally Posted by bassmonkeee View Post

Pssh. Your... logic has no place on the internet, Pal.

Sorry, I'll go full-retard next time ~TB
post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by TyrantII View Post

No one is. Glslide likes to be melodramatic.

~21 million units have sold. The failure rate is pegged somewhere around 3%, just above normal CE failure rates.

That's 630,000 unlucky fellows with units dying or dead out of the box. 630,000 people that are most likely somewhat tech savvy, and run to the internet to find answers or bitch and complain. Don;t get me wrong, 630K is a lot of people, but when you account for total sales, it's a drop in the bucket.

Just because there's 2000 people on Sonys forums complaining because they were one of the unlucky, but expected failures, isn't a reason to make sweeping generalizations. 2000 people posting at Sonys forum would swamp that forum, yet it's only 3% of the expected failures!

See what I'm getting at.

, did you read what he posted? and his experience with YLOD?, you must be one of these blind fanboys he spoke about.

You sound like one of these people that if the YLOD hits them you would go crazy lol, I kinda hope it happens to the types like you just to see your reaction. But knowing your types, you will probably go silent about it and act like it never happened lol.

Your post there seems out Sony's PR manual, bringing up that stupid low percentage talking point thinking that has anything to do with the 60 gig models, thats for their 2007 PS3 design(40 gig) aka the current designs. I already explained to you that to Sony those 60 models is like they never existed, their worst nightmare that they worked extra fast to erase from the market.

Your types fails to realize Sony made sure the problem didn't get widespread because they phased out 60 gig design quick, clearly because they were already making a new PS3 and had them ready to go very fast. They sort of like relaunched the PS3 one more time with a new design and lower price not even 1 year into the market.

If they would had never done all those revisions after the 60 gig, you best believe a bunch more would be dropping like flies and it would be a more widespread issue but Sony were smart and stopped that, the 60 gigs literally didn't last 1 year in the market before they stopped making those.
post #15 of 41
Logic and reading comprehension don't seem to be your strong suit.


All he's saying is that launch machines aren't all ticking timebombs that should be treated with kid gloves. They are not all doomed to failure. Some will fail. Some will fail because of user error (no venting, improper usage, dropping the damn thing off a table), some will fail because of normal hardware failures like a bad hard drive, or a bad blu-ray drive.

There is no systemic failure waiting to happen. But, the longer electronics are out in the real world, the more likely they are to fail. It's a fact of life. Period.


Thinking it's related to a specific update, or game, or a specific month is asinine. Period. People just don't join forums to start threads to say, "My launch unit is still working properly with no issues." They join and their first and only post is "playstation 3 red blinking light."


"Beware the month of February if you own a launch unit" borders on full-retard. Pointing it out doesn't make him a fanboy who deserves a broken machine for his hubris. It makes him a rational adult.
post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

, did you read what he posted? and his experience with YLOD?, you must be one of these blind fanboys he spoke about.

You sound like one of these people that if the YLOD hits them you would go crazy lol, I kinda hope it happens to the types like you just to see your reaction. But knowing your types, you will probably go silent about it and act like it never happened lol.

Your post there seems out Sony's PR manual, bringing up that stupid low percentage talking point thinking that has anything to do with the 60 gig models, thats for their 2007 PS3 design(40 gig) aka the current designs. I already explained to you that to Sony those 60 models is like they never existed, their worst nightmare that they worked extra fast to erase from the market.

Your types fails to realize Sony made sure the problem didn't get widespread because they phased out 60 gig design quick, clearly because they were already making a new PS3 and had them ready to go very fast. They sort of like relaunched the PS3 one more time with a new design and lower price not even 1 year into the market.

If they would had never done all those revisions after the 60 gig, you best believe a bunch more would be dropping like flies and it would be a more widespread issue but Sony were smart and stopped that, the 60 gigs literally didn't last 1 year in the market before they stopped making those.



post #17 of 41
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Originally Posted by kekborg View Post

Launch 60 gig'r. No problems here. This fly is still flying...

You aren't the first one to say that and have YLOD come knock at your door, but like I said before just don't be shocked if it happens, it is clear it does happen and it doesn't matter if you took care of the PS3 like it was your first born baby, that is all people need to keep in mind, like dude above said keep the 150 saved just in case.
post #18 of 41
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Originally Posted by KingShorty View Post

Please use the SEARCH function. There are already threads that detail what the Red Light means and the steps you can take to rectify it.

Gordon, please take your own advice and use the SEARCH function, you started the 8th thread on Killzone2 remember? Quit trying to be a moderator.
If you dont want to read the thread then dont. Just quit complaining about everything on here.
thanks
post #19 of 41
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Originally Posted by Kingram View Post

Gordon, please take your own advice and use the SEARCH function, you started the 8th thread on Killzone2 remember? Quit trying to be a moderator.
If you dont want to read the thread then dont. Just quit complaining about everything on here.
thanks

So, basically, you made a post criticizing someone who made a post criticizing someone who made a post?
post #20 of 41
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Originally Posted by bassmonkeee View Post

Logic and reading comprehension don't seem to be your strong suit.


All he's saying is that launch machines aren't all ticking timebombs that should be treated with kid gloves. They are not all doomed to failure. Some will fail. Some will fail because of user error (no venting, improper usage, dropping the damn thing off a table), some will fail because of normal hardware failures like a bad hard drive, or a bad blu-ray drive.

There is no systemic failure waiting to happen. But, the longer electronics are out in the real world, the more likely they are to fail. It's a fact of life. Period.


Thinking it's related to a specific update, or game, or a specific month is asinine. Period. People just don't join forums to start threads to say, "My launch unit is still working properly with no issues." They join and their first and only post is "playstation 3 red blinking light."


"Beware the month of February if you own a launch unit" borders on full-retard. Pointing it out doesn't make him a fanboy who deserves a broken machine for his hubris. It makes him a rational adult.

You seem to be in denial about this that's all I am saying, acting like the YLOD doesn't happen or isn't becoming very common as of late. Oh please if it happened to people here like King and others then you should know you that you could be next, could being the key word not next.

As we seen it has happened to a lot this month, for all we know yours could get it in June or next year, just know your 60 gig is part of the models that are getting this issue, so it is a fact you got a possibility to getting YLOD.

You have to realize your PS3 has the possibility of going through this, you and others here act like you don't even have the possibility of it happening LOL!, which is the most ignorant in denial of this mindset ever!.

Like I said before, I hope it does happen to the types like you just to see you reaction, with that whole "it ain't happening to me, I take care of it" mentality, it should come as a major shock when it hits your kind of PS3 gamer which swears PS3s are manufactured in heaven.
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

You aren't the first one to say that and have YLOD come knock at your door, but like I said before just don't be shocked if it happens, it is clear it does happen and it doesn't matter if you took care of the PS3 like it was your first born baby, that is all people need to keep in mind, like dude above said keep the 150 saved just in case.


Who here has said that their PS3s are fail proof and will never die? I don't see it.

It goes without saying that a machine that hasn't died can still potentially die. My catalytic converter worked for 130,000 miles, but then it stopped working and I had to replace it. That didn't mean that I spent the prior 10 years of driving thinking about how my catalytic converter might eventually fail through regular use even if I did regular basic upkeep on my vehicle.
post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

You guys seem to be in denial about this thats all I am saying, acting like the YLOD doesn't happen or isn't becoming very common as of late. Oh please if it happened to people here like King and others then you should know you that you could be next, could being the key word not next.

As we seen it has happened to a lot this month, for all we know yours could get it in June or next year, just know your 60 gig model is part of the models that are getting this issue so their you got a possibility to getting YLOD.

You have to realize your PS3 has the possibility of going through this, you and others here act like you don't even have the possibility of it happening LOL!, which is the most ignorant in denial of this mindset ever!.

Like I said before, I hope it does happen to the types like you just to see you reaction, with that whole "it ain't happening to me, I take care of it" mentality, it should come as a major shock when it hits your kind of PS3 gamer which swears PS3s are manufactured in heaven.

I can only assume that English is your second language.

Again--no one has said that PS3s don't fail. Why would I do weekly backups of my 320 GB HD if I thought there wasn't a chance that my PS3 could die? I can't predict that mine is going to die. But, I can be as prepared as possible in the event something happens. That's it.
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, did you read what he posted? and his experience with YLOD?, you must be one of these blind fanboys he spoke about.

One person an issue does not make. Also, damn those facts that don't line up with my opinion!


And no, I'd be fine. I'm happy with how Sonys handling their warranty obligations. They also repair PS3's for $150 out of warranty, which is something most company's don't do. Your lucky you didn't get flipped the bird.

I'm confident enough that my PS3 will run for the next 3 years that I'd put a C note on the table, in fact. If it fails, no big deal, I got my gaming out of it.

I just don't feel the need to spread crud on based on a small number of complaints because I have a grudge. You conspiracy theory is the 60/20 gig was discontinued because of a hardware problem, when it's been widely reported the reason was because the components were redesigned to bring down costs. Sony has done this with every single model, every single generation.

I guess well just have to wait untill someones 80/120 unit fails, so we can blame it on the production changes for those units. After all, it's not fun being just a statistic when you can be a martyr.

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You aren't the first one to say that and have YLOD come knock at your door, but like I said before just don't be shocked if it happens, it is clear it does happen and it doesn't matter if you took care of the PS3 like it was your first born baby, that is all people need to keep in mind, like dude above said keep the 150 saved just in case.

I hear there's a Belgian class action lawsuit being put together if you're that jaded about it.
post #24 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

You aren't the first one to say that and have YLOD come knock at your door, but like I said before just don't be shocked if it happens, it is clear it does happen and it doesn't matter if you took care of the PS3 like it was your first born baby, that is all people need to keep in mind, like dude above said keep the 150 saved just in case.

As I posted in another thread along the same lines as this one, does anyone know how to force a YLOD . I don't like surprises/shocks and don't want this thing sneaking up on me. My ps3 needs to know who's the boss here
post #25 of 41
LoL you guys swear your PS3s were made in HEAVEN, while the 60 gigs dropping like flies weren't lol. Listen all I am saying is THE POSSIBILITY of it happening to your ps3 is there, now if you want to be in denial about that then go ahead but like been saying DO NOT be shocked or anything like that about YLOD coming into your PS3.
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

makes me wonder if they knew of this issue back then as they prepared to revision the design into the 40 gig design which came out of phasing out the 60 gigs back in oct 2007.

My 40gig failed, so probably not.

You need to get a grip on yourself. Also, grammar/spelling above middle-school level.
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

LoL you guys swear your PS3s were made in HEAVEN, while the 60 gigs dropping like flies weren't lol. Listen all I am saying is THE POSSIBILITY of it happening to your ps3 is there, now if you want to be in denial about that then go ahead but like been saying DO NOT be shocked or anything like that about YLOD coming into your PS3.

Your reading comprehension skills amaze me.
post #28 of 41
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Originally Posted by TyrantII View Post

One person an issue does not make. Also, damn those facts that don't line up with my opinion!


And no, I'd be fine. I'm happy with how Sonys handling their warranty obligations. They also repair PS3's for $150 out of warranty, which is something most company's don't do. Your lucky you didn't get flipped the bird.

I'm confident enough that my PS3 will run for the next 3 years that I'd put a C note on the table, in fact. If it fails, no big deal, I got my gaming out of it.

I just don't feel the need to spread crud on based on a small number of complaints because I have a grudge. You conspiracy theory is the 60/20 gig was discontinued because of a hardware problem, when it's been widely reported the reason was because the components were redesigned to bring down costs. Sony has done this with every single model.

I guess well just have to wait untill someones 80/120 unit fails, so we can blame it on the productions changes for thoes units.

I hear there's a Belgian class action lawsuit being put together if you're that jaded about it.


SONY told you that, but its pretty clear something happened because why would they stopped making them not even one year into the market?, then release newly design PS3 that doesn't even resemble the 60 gig gigs AT ALL.

Like I said, to me when I saw that drastic move it seemed like they RE-Launched PS3, because in less then a year after launching the 60 gig models all of a sudden they had this new PS3 out there that looked nothing like the one from a few months back, that wasn't not lowering cost type move they went ahead literally made a brand new PS3 design which is now their main design.
post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gslide View Post

LoL you guys swear your PS3s were made in HEAVEN, while the 60 gigs dropping like flies weren't lol. Listen all I am saying is THE POSSIBILITY of it happening to your ps3 is there, now if you want to be in denial about that then go ahead but like been saying DO NOT be shocked or anything like that about YLOD coming into your PS3.

I'm just going to start calling you Simple Jack.
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I'm just going to start calling you Simple Jack.

This guy has a severe case of tunnel vision
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