Does Your PlayStation 3 Have The Flashing Red Light / Yellow Light of Death / YLOD ?

If your PlayStation 3 is turning itself off with three rapid beeps or you notice a yellow light right before a flashing red light when you try to turn it on just like the one in this video, your PS3 has what's commonly known as the "Yellow light of death", "YLOD" or "Red light of death", taking its name from how the lights on the front go from solid red to green then very briefly yellow, then finally to blinking red -- all within 5 seconds. In nearly all cases this means there are damaged solder joints between the RSX GPU and motherboard inside your PS3, caused by general wear & tear from dust build-up and the extremely wide range of internal temperatures your PlayStation has had to endure over the last few years. Fortunately offers two services to get your PS3 back up & running, and with all your important game-save data still intact. The table below summarizes the differences between the Premium (solder replacement) and Standard  (solder repair) services we offer for this symptom:

 Choose Your YLOD Repair Service Here
 Standard YLOD "Reflow" Service
(Solder repair)

 Premium YLOD "Reball" Service (Solder replacement)
Complete System Diagnostics
Internal Chassis Cleaning & Dust Removal
Safe Retrieval of Trapped Discs
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound on RSX & Cell Processors
Includes Round-Trip UPS Ground Shipping Labels (contiguous 48 States & DC only)
Genuine Lead-Tin Solder Re-Ball of the RSX GPU BGA  
Replacement of Damaged Pads & Insulators on Secondary Chips  
Email Updates Containing Repair Images of My Console  
I Will Receive this Warranty if my PS3 is Un-Tampered / Never Been Previously Serviced / Never Been Replaced or Refurbished 6 Months Labor Lifetime Labor
I Will Receive this Warranty if my PS3 has been Previously Serviced / Tampered / Replaced or is Refurbished No Warranty 30 Days Labor
Typical Repair Time (excludes transit time) 1 - 3 Business Days 3 - 9 Business Days
Why Do I Need This Particular Service? Recovering My Game Data Is My Primary Goal. Everything Else Is Secondary. I Don't Want To Replace My PS3 Just Yet. I Need The Longest-Lasting YLOD Fix.
Special Limited Time Price $69.98

The ordering process is simple: After you've selected your Yellow Light Of Death repair service and completed checkout, we will email you a pre-paid UPS Ground Shipping Label (excluding AK & HI residents) and complete instructions to safely prepare your console for transit to our Service Facility. We'll perform the repair then ship the PS3 back to you. It's that easy.

Please Note: These PS3 YLOD Repair Services are for original "fat" models only (CECHA01, CECHB01, CECHE01, CECHG01, CECHH01, CECHK01, CECHL01, CECHP01) -- they are not available for "slim" models (CECH2001, CECH2101, CECH2501, CECH3001 -- please check your unit's model number before ordering by referring to the white sticker on the rear of the console where the cables are attached). Previously tampered consoles: The Premium "GPU re-ball" service will not repair a totally fried chip nor will it undo the warp damage to the motherboard caused by "heat-gun", "hairdryer" or improper repair attempts performed by inexperienced technicians. For long-lasting results, the Premium "GPU Re-ball" service needs to be the first method attempted to reverse YLOD, not the last. Additionally, neither service should be ordered if your PS3 is currently fully functional, as they are not to be considered "preventative" services. Our YLOD Prevention Service for presently fully functional consoles is an entirely different procedure.

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Common YLOD Repair Service Questions

  1. What is the PS3 YLOD Premium Reball service?
  2. What is the PS3 YLOD Standard "Reflow" service?
  3. How long will the PS3 YLOD Premium Reball service take?
  4. I have a game or movie disk stuck inside my PS3. Will I get it back?
  5. Will I lose my game-save and other data on the hard drive?
  6. How long is the PS3 YLOD Premium Reball service warranty?
  7. How much do I pay if my PS3 cannot be repaired?
  8. Will I get my console back or will you send me a replacement / refurbished unit like Sony?
  9. Is the PS3 YLOD Premium Reball service a permanent fix for my "YLOD"?
  10. How can I tell if my PS3 has an original Sony warranty sticker?
  11. Why Should I Choose