YLOD - Fix It Before It Happens
**This may or may not fix your YLOD problem. The YLOD could mean many different things. This is for the majority of 60GB "Phat" PS3 owners who are experiencing problems due to OVERHEATING. It's highly recommended that you do this anyway (if you own a 60GB model) to keep your PS3 cool and possibly extend its life span.**
Afraid of getting the YLOD?
Did you get the YLOD and want to get your launch PS3 back up on its feet (not guaranteed to work, but it's worth a shot)?
Well, you've come to the right place. ;)
This guide is for 60GB (Phat) PS3 owners only. If you own a new PS3 slim, this really isn't necessary (yet).
Replacing Thermal Compound
For a guide on how to disassemble your PS3, click here.
- Once you have your PS3 completely taken apart, your CPU and GPU should be exposed and it should look something like this:
- Looks horrible, doesn't it?
- This is one of the main reasons you guys are getting hardware failures (YLOD) on your PS3s. Thermal compound should be replaced around every two years. This is long overdue and further use could damage the CPU/GPU.
- The stock thermal compound isn't looking so good. Time to replace it to extend the life of your PS3. :)
- The next step is to clean the old stuff off. I highly recommend using rubbing alcohol and some cotton swabs.
- Just dab the cotton swab in the alcohol and wipe it all off. Make sure its all nice and dry and it should look something like this:
- Now, it's time to put on the new stuff. :) I recommend the best - Arctic Silver 5
- ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 is great too.
- Update: You could also use Tuniq's TX-2 (zero curing time, best performance) or Cooler Master's ThermalFusion 400
- If you give the Arctic Silver 5 around two weeks to cure, it should be able to preform as well as Tuniq's TX-2. If you want instant results, just get the Tuniq TX-2 or Arctic Cooling MX-2.
- Just put a little dab of it on your RSX and CELL (pea-size amount).
- I'm sorry that I don't have a picture of me applying the thermal paste, but here are a few images that demonstrate how much is needed.
- Don't bother spreading it around. Just place the heatsink back on, apply pressure, then lift it off. It should look something like this.
- That's the perfect amount. ;)
- When your PS3 is all together again, turn it on and leave it run idle for awhile to let it heat up and spread a little more.
- After that, you're done! You should see results within the next few days (depending on how long you play on your PS3).
- If you used MX-2 or Tuniq's TX-2, you should see results almost immediately. That stuff cures very fast.