well I had the refurb ps3 from sony for 2 years and the fan was starting to get real loud about 20 minutes into gameplay so i thought it might be time to switch the thermal paste and get some new thermal pads in, I didnt get any reflow or reball. Ive taken apart a ps3 before and did the (now deemed bad for your ps3) heat gun reflow which lasted a week so Im pretty confident in just checking whether they actually did the upgrade or not. And Im definitely not gonna send it to Sony, I want this ps3 repaired.
How long to reballs typically last? I would hope for atleast 3-4 years cuz Im not gonna get a ps4 until they work out its backwards compatibility issue, either it be streaming the game or not.
Most services that offer Reball, have a six month to one year warranty (Gophermods does). That should give you an idea of how long the repair will last. I have never heard of a Reball lasting 3 years. The longest I have heard of was about 20 months.
Gophermods is a good service. I'm sure they did the work they claimed. Sometimes the motherboard simply has suffered too much damage. Replacing the thermal paste is best to do before you get the YLOD. It's not effective after you get it.
Reball is expensive. Between what you have already paid and what you will pay, you could have bought a new PS3. Maybe you should look at buying a used 60GB and hope it lasts long enough--until you are ready to buy a PS4.
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My good sir, If posting a picture of a cat dressed in a shark costume riding a roomba chasing after a duckling isn't worthwhile, then nothing is!
So I was using a refurb 60gb ps3 from sony after my first one got the ylod back in 2011. Last month I decided to get thermal paste and thermal pad upgrades from gophermods because it had been about 2 years since I got it. I get it back with the 19 bladed fan, the more efficient power supply, arctic cooling mx-4, and thermal pad upgrades bla bla bla but in less than a months time it got the ylod. I was planning to take it apart to see if gophermods actually replaced the thermal paste but turned it on one last time and it magically turned on!!!
All I did was take the hardrive out and back in because Ive heard that is a cause of the ylod, but it didnt work. About 5 days later it did!!
What the heck? how does that even work? I thought the processors solder was melted (or whatever the solder does to cause the ylod) but clearly that wasnt the case. Has this happened to anyone else? I am somewhat scared to actually play some games for fear it may get the ylod again.
What you have in your hands is a Sony "REFURB". It's true what was said on this thread, that the YLOD'ed unit ISN'T really saying to you WHY it is YLOD (that's why sometimes a jiggle of the HDD, 5 minutes with a hairdryer, etc, all work sometimes.)
But when Sony gives you a "Refurb", they never tell you WHY it was refurbed. "REFURBED FROM WHAT?" You don't know if it was a previous YLOD, a bludrive prob, or in your case A UNIT THAT WAS MAYBE A HEARTBEAT AWAY FROM YLOD again. So you'll have to experiment with repairs to see which one finally gets the refurb fixed.
...Some of our replies here are technical and cool and correct about the Reflow repair versus the Reball repair of a unit that is YLOD. Some are correct about how reflows COULD go YLOD again in a matter of days or months, and that you could EXPERIMENT with half a dozen other cool repairs on your own or by a repair place that's earned good kudos to see what finally works.
But WE ARE ALL IN SOME MAJOR TOUGH money times right now,...so EXPERIMENTING to find a fix that works means that "this *bleepin* jazz get's EXPENSIVE". MANY OF THE "REFURBS" FROM SONY....well, TURN OUT TO BE LEMONS.
Better to use your time researching Amazon (Ebay's better) for a used console that sounds like it hasn't been abused. Just DON'T BUY ANYTHING THAT SAYS MANUFACTURER REFURB unit.
Hey, and DON'T rely on data Back-up!
Back-ups WILL NOT pass ALL your data onto another PS3. Purchase your replacement unit and do an ether-cable Data Transfer. Till you get the new unit, leave the Refurb alone (don't even play it much--might speed up its death before you find a replacment to transfer to). Copy old Backup data to a new unit ONLY if for some reason Data Transfer is impossible.
You have plenty of choices to fit your budget on the replacement PS3 (get a slim if you don't need B/C, get a used 80GB instead of used 60GB, etc.)
You won't go broke as long as you remember how much you paid for your first PS3 retail. Even though some PS3 versions ARE collector's items, there's still no need to pay CRAZY price for a replacement, even a sealed unopened B/C Fat.
Check out my thread for B/C PS3 owners if b/c is something you still want to retain.
You may find some suggested $$ that others paid, or an owner who's been respecting his unit and is willing to part with it. ...Never know.