the infamous, and rare "Yellow light of death"

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Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

i know there is a lot of threads on this, but can somebody please tell me exactly what happens?


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#1 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

i know there is a lot of threads on this, but can somebody please tell me exactly what happens?


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#2 Posted by FCKSNAP (2338 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:
" i know there is a lot of threads on this, but can somebody please tell me exactly what happens?

"
PS3 doesn't turn on at all, and you only see a yellow light. Seen my friend's do this, he lives in a smoking environment so his launch PS3 crapped out on him for sure.
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#3 Posted by Dasacant2 (246 posts) -

This happened to me last week, my ps3 suddenly turned off and when I turned it back on the light went from green to yellow to flashing red. 

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#4 Posted by PufferFiz (1491 posts) -

That is what happened to mine, turns out my GPU failed :/

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#5 Posted by JoelTGM (5784 posts) -

were those new PS3s or launch ones.

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#6 Posted by Dasacant2 (246 posts) -
@DOUBLESHOCK said:
" were those new PS3s or launch ones. "
Mine was a launch 60 gig.
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#7 Posted by PufferFiz (1491 posts) -
@Dasacant said:
" @DOUBLESHOCK said:
" were those new PS3s or launch ones. "
Mine was a launch 60 gig. "
same. pretty sure the new ones have a lower fail rate than the launch.
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#8 Posted by mordukai (8446 posts) -
@TwoOneFive: "YLOD" can be caused by a lot of things. Overheating, Lens failure, CPU or GPU failure, HDD failure, dust settlements in your system, poor ventilation area, power surges (thats why its always good to have your electrical devices connect to a good surge protector) , software failure.

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#9 Posted by NinjaHunter (1003 posts) -

I find the title of this topic ironic because I had this happen to my PS3 while playing infamous.

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#10 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

okay well my ps3 shut off, flashed a yellow light then turned red immediately. 

i am able to turn it back on. it just doesn't last long. i keep doing the fan test to clean out as much dust as possible and i am going to sit it in a really cool part of my house overnight. 
i think its just overheating. 
@NinjaHunter said: 
" I find the title of this topic ironic because I had this happen to my PS3 while playing infamous. "
and yes, that is ironic. 
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#11 Posted by Bucketdeth (8252 posts) -
@NinjaHunter said:
"I find the title of this topic ironic because I had this happen to my PS3 while playing infamous. "
When I first read it I was thinking it must be about Infamous making your PS3 get the yellow light.
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#12 Posted by MattyFTM (14793 posts) -

Surprisingly, I hear more about the yellow light than I do about RROD now. I know it's just because RROD is so common it's hardly worth mentioning when you get one, but still, it's really weird.

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#13 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" Surprisingly, I hear more about the yellow light than I do about RROD now. I know it's just because RROD is so common it's hardly worth mentioning when you get one, but still, it's really weird. "
yeah, i mean, everybody gets rrod and probably more than once. 
its just surprising whenever somebody gets ylod so they feel the need to talk about it. 
i think i got it but im still able to turn on my ps3 for about 5 minutes then everything slows down and eventually shuts off. 
the yellow light flashes once and then its a red blinking light. 
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#14 Posted by CoolDrMoney (2018 posts) -

Oh jeez, once again Sony resorts to copying Microsoft

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#15 Posted by ltcoljaxson (1188 posts) -
@dcpc10 said:
" The launch 60 GB maybe got discontinued for other reasons we don't know about. I don't think I've ever seen an 80 GB crap out on anyone yet. "

I have a launch 60gig and it still runs perfectly fine. As said, this is just a really rare issue.
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#16 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

it is a very rare issue and i know PS3 owners get a little annoyed whenever they see something about it. 

I hate even calling it yellow light of death, because that is basically for disgruntled 360 owners who esperienced RROD.  Besides, I don't even think the problem is widespread enough to even have its own name. 

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#17 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

yup i got it!! Fucking blows

I may try to fix it myself. 
I have a heat gun, and i can can swing by radio shack for that thermal liquid stuff. 

Between me and my 14 year old brother and my dad who loves watching blu-rays, my ps3 has been on practically non-stop for almost 2 years so i'm glad it lasted this long. 
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#18 Edited by Red12b (9361 posts) -

I didn’t get the yellow light of death But I did get the three beeps and a red light of death, The damn thing swallowed a rental disc.
Sony was good about it though three months off warranty and still gave me a new one I even got my Hdd back.
although I could not be arsed to swap it around and lost all my game saves and Installs.

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#19 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

the yellow light looks more like orange to me btw (and no im not talking about the HDD light)

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#20 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3844 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:
" @MattyFTM said:
" Surprisingly, I hear more about the yellow light than I do about RROD now. I know it's just because RROD is so common it's hardly worth mentioning when you get one, but still, it's really weird. "
yeah, i mean, everybody gets rrod and probably more than once. 
its just surprising whenever somebody gets ylod so they feel the need to talk about it. 
i think i got it but im still able to turn on my ps3 for about 5 minutes then everything slows down and eventually shuts off. 
the yellow light flashes once and then its a red blinking light. 
"
Saying that everyone will get RROD at least once is a blatant overstatement. I have never gotten one and neither has anyone I know.
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#21 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -
@JeffGoldblum said:
" @TwoOneFive said:
" @MattyFTM said:
" Surprisingly, I hear more about the yellow light than I do about RROD now. I know it's just because RROD is so common it's hardly worth mentioning when you get one, but still, it's really weird. "
yeah, i mean, everybody gets rrod and probably more than once. 
its just surprising whenever somebody gets ylod so they feel the need to talk about it. 
i think i got it but im still able to turn on my ps3 for about 5 minutes then everything slows down and eventually shuts off. 
the yellow light flashes once and then its a red blinking light. 
"
Saying that everyone will get RROD at least once is a blatant overstatement. I have never gotten one and neither has anyone I know. "
oh, please. 
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#22 Edited by ltcoljaxson (1188 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:
" @JeffGoldblum said:
" @TwoOneFive said:
" @MattyFTM said:
" Surprisingly, I hear more about the yellow light than I do about RROD now. I know it's just because RROD is so common it's hardly worth mentioning when you get one, but still, it's really weird. "
yeah, i mean, everybody gets rrod and probably more than once. 
its just surprising whenever somebody gets ylod so they feel the need to talk about it. 
i think i got it but im still able to turn on my ps3 for about 5 minutes then everything slows down and eventually shuts off. 
the yellow light flashes once and then its a red blinking light. 
"
Saying that everyone will get RROD at least once is a blatant overstatement. I have never gotten one and neither has anyone I know. "
oh, please. 
"
Yeah lol... although my brother has had his 360 since launch and it has been fine somehow. My other brother bought it about a year ago, and has had the rrod 3 times already. Pretty much everyone with a 360 I know has had a rrod at least once. But big deal really, it's still a great console and lots of fun.
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#23 Posted by NoXious (1365 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:
oh, please.  "

Uhm, I haven't gotten one yet either - you just don't hear the other side of the story because we don't have anything to complain about :p
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#24 Edited by Death_Unicorn (2878 posts) -
@TwoOneFive: Does this really have to retort to a thread bashing the Xbox 360?

I would also like to see a picture of the yellow light, just because :P

and how long is the PS3's warranty?
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#25 Posted by super_machine (2007 posts) -

Mine just failed after 13 months. No yellow light.

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#26 Posted by Daryl (1776 posts) -
@Death_Unicorn: Yeah, the Wii exists you guys!
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#27 Posted by super_machine (2007 posts) -
@NoXious said:
" @TwoOneFive said:
oh, please.  "
Uhm, I haven't gotten one yet either - you just don't hear the other side of the story because we don't have anything to complain about :p "
I'd have to agree. In never hear the other side of the story because almost every person I know who owns a 360 has had RROD happen at least once. My PS3 died once, but still.
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#28 Posted by Godwind (2925 posts) -
@Death_Unicorn said:
" @TwoOneFive: Does this really have to retort to a thread bashing the Xbox 360?I would also like to see a picture of the yellow light, just because :Pand how long is the PS3's warranty? "
Why?  Did your computer break google's search engine?

The Red Ring of Death is rather relevant when we talk about bricked machines.
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#29 Posted by Kr3lian (324 posts) -

Every now and then my PS3 will freeze on me, and when I do a soft shutdown using the button, I get a three-beep, blinking red light thing going on.  But  when I turn the system back on, it's fine.

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#30 Posted by super_machine (2007 posts) -
@Kr3lian: Thats what mine did, only once it never turned back on. I would get random freezes on games like Oblivion, far cry 2 and Orange Box. The later was the game which broke my system for good. Looking back I think my PS3 may have been bad from the start and over time kept getting worse and worse. So far so good on my current PS3, no freeze ups, knock on wood.
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#31 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -
@super_machine said:
" @NoXious said:
" @TwoOneFive said:
oh, please.  "
Uhm, I haven't gotten one yet either - you just don't hear the other side of the story because we don't have anything to complain about :p "
I'd have to agree. In never hear the other side of the story because almost every person I know who owns a 360 has had RROD happen at least once. My PS3 died once, but still. "
exactly. everyone i know who has or had a 360 (and i live in philly, tonnnss of people i know have 360s) and they've all experienced rrod AT LEAST once. its just a fact, i didn't bash 360 at all. 
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#32 Posted by Kr3lian (324 posts) -
@super_machine: I dunno man, every system I have ever had has locked up from time to time.  I don't think it is necessarily a harbinger of doom.  I just think you got really unlucky.  I guess if mine bricks, I'll get a slim...but I doubt it will brick.  The PS3 is a really nice piece of hardware.
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#33 Posted by BlameTheGame (76 posts) -

My ps3 freezes on me a lot, I hope I don't get the YLOD... anytime soon anyway.

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#34 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -

"cough"ps2diskreaderror"cough"

Sonys second console constantly got disk read errors.

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#35 Posted by Nets (325 posts) -

I remember this happened to me two times last year, the first year I got my PS3. I got it January of 2008, and it broke in June, right after school ended. I remember that I was going to play a COD4 match and I was at the screen where it's loading the map for everyone to play on. I swear my screen froze or something because it was over 5 minutes of waiting so I was like screw it, so I pressed the back button (I call it the "Emergency Switch") and when I started my PS3 back up, I couldn't play disc games.

So I sent it in and urged for a new PS3 but they repaired it anyways, and didn't get it back until mid to late July. One fucking month later, it broke again! Thankfully, Sony has nice customer service so they understood how pissed I was and got a brand new one. One thing I noticed about it is that is doesn't sound like an engine when I turn it on or play online anymore, the other one overheated easily even when I didn't play it for a week. So I'm pretty sure overheating has alot to do with it, just like the RROD.

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#36 Edited by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -
@Nets said:  
I agree. I am pretty sure overheating was the reason for it happening and I blame myself for really slacking lately on keeping the dust and my dogs hair from being anywhere near it and its been pretty hot in hear lately. between me, my 14 year old brother and my dad who loves blu-rays, this thing gets used constantly for extended periods of use. 
i think the ps3 is still a top quality product and no where near as prone to dying as, well not to incite fanboy rage or anything, the 360. 
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#37 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (7891 posts) -

I once had the "neon pink with splotches of yellow and beige" light of death.  It's hard to explain what happened exactly, but let's just say my PS3, rake, three gerbils, and Frosted Flakes will never be the same again.

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#38 Posted by chililili (1432 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:
" @Nets said:  
I agree. I am pretty sure overheating was the reason for it happening and I blame myself for really slacking lately on keeping the dust and my dogs hair from being anywhere near it and its been pretty hot in hear lately. between me, my 14 year old brother and my dad who loves blu-rays, this thing gets used constantly for extended periods of use. 
i think the ps3 is still a top quality product and no where near as prone to dying as, well not to incite fanboy rage or anything, the 360. 
"
I live ina pretty damn warm place and the ps3 always starts up its super loud fan if I play it and its not winter. So far have had no problems with it but seeing all of you complain keeps making me nervous about it. (Its around 40 degrees celcius around ehre right now)
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#39 Posted by NXH (64 posts) -

I got the yellow light of death last week and have since been looking on the internet and gaint bomb on more details and advance.
What happened? Did you managed to get your PS3 repaired in the end? Did you get to keep your saved data, trophies and whatnot?

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#40 Posted by Punk1984 (595 posts) -
@nxh: 
I got the yellow warning light because my launch PS3's fan failed. I called Sony support and they sent me a box to ship it to them. I found out that dust and pet hair had become bound around the fan and caused it to fail. I had backed up my saves and everything 6 months before. Everything I downloaded from PSN had to be re-activated and redownloaded, that took a bit. My wife loves Singstar and it took a few emails to get those reactivated for download. Also the PSN video store needed a separate email. I think it cost $150 for repair and replacement, worth it since I got to redownload all my stuff.
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#41 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -
@nxh: yeahhhh i found a site that repairs ps3's for mad cheap. like $60 when i did it.
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#42 Posted by NXH (64 posts) -
@TwoOneFive:  Awesome! =] Well, I live in the UK. That's around about the same price I'm paying for mine to get repaired. Just hope my HDD will be okay. =S
And  if all of my game data is still safe, I'm going to be back it all up, so if it does the ylod again, I reckon I'm going to get a ps3 slim and transfer all my data onto the slim.
Considering if I can afford that lol.
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#43 Posted by Clenchmask (122 posts) -

Bought an Arcade a  while back, never died, but I traded it towards a slim when Gamestop was running there credit towards a slim thing a year or so ago. I'd say 80% of my friends have had RROD and about 75% of those friends also had YLOD, I just assume it's how you treat your consoles. I haven't had, in my 2 decades of gaming, a single console fail, because I treat them like the investments that they are. Though my fat PS1 tried, oh I played the shit out of that thing, actually put it on a cooling rack used for baking because I feared heat failure so much.

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#44 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (2891 posts) -

I just got the Yellow Light of Death on my PS3, what can I do about it? Is that it fucked for good?

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