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Sony YLOD Repair/Replace

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I've had a YLOD 80gb MG backward compatible PS3 sitting on a shelf for about a year and a half now and I finally decided I wanted to send it to Sony for the 160gb Slim but I was told the MG version is not eligbile for the replacement so now I'm back to square one trying figure out what to do.  My original plan was to use Gophermods reball but was turned off by the long waiting list as well as having to be worried about playing it for only two hours at a time while the thermal paste cures.  My next option was sending it to Sony but didn't want to get a refurbished backwards compatible unit that runs the risk of getting the YLOD again and most likely outside of the 90 day warranty.  I was pretty happy with the idea of getting a the slim version as it would most likely be more reliable but now I'm not eligible for that and sort of frustrated again.  Anyone know if there is a place I could sell my YLOD PS3 for about $100.00 as ebay seems to be extremely hit or miss and $100.00 is definitely high for a unit that doesn't work but I figured I'd ask anyways.  Not really interested in Endless electronics before that is suggested but any other advice would be greatly appreciated. 

thanks in advance

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I've had a YLOD 80gb MG backward compatible PS3 sitting on a shelf for about a year and a half now and I finally decided I wanted to send it to Sony for the 160gb Slim but I was told the MG version is not eligbile for the replacement so now I'm back to square one trying figure out what to do.  My original plan was to use Gophermods reball but was turned off by the long waiting list as well as having to be worried about playing it for only two hours at a time while the thermal paste cures.  My next option was sending it to Sony but didn't want to get a refurbished backwards compatible unit that runs the risk of getting the YLOD again and most likely outside of the 90 day warranty.  I was pretty happy with the idea of getting a the slim version as it would most likely be more reliable but now I'm not eligible for that and sort of frustrated again.  Anyone know if there is a place I could sell my YLOD PS3 for about $100.00 as ebay seems to be extremely hit or miss and $100.00 is definitely high for a unit that doesn't work but I figured I'd ask anyways.  Not really interested in Endless electronics before that is suggested but any other advice would be greatly appreciated. 

thanks in advance

You're not restricted to playing only 2 hours at a time because of the curing process. If you don't like eBay try craigslist.

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Jan 23, 2012

You might be able to make $100 on your system if you salvage your system and sell individual parts like the fan, power supply, Blu-Ray drive, etc. However it may take a while to sell everything with this approach. I don't think a complete YLOD system sells for more than $50 on average on eBay.

If you didn't already know, Endless Electronics also buys broken PS3s for $50...

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I've had a YLOD 80gb MG backward compatible PS3 sitting on a shelf for about a year and a half now and I finally decided I wanted to send it to Sony for the 160gb Slim but I was told the MG version is not eligbile for the replacement so now I'm back to square one trying figure out what to do.  My original plan was to use Gophermods reball but was turned off by the long waiting list as well as having to be worried about playing it for only two hours at a time while the thermal paste cures.  My next option was sending it to Sony but didn't want to get a refurbished backwards compatible unit that runs the risk of getting the YLOD again and most likely outside of the 90 day warranty.  I was pretty happy with the idea of getting a the slim version as it would most likely be more reliable but now I'm not eligible for that and sort of frustrated again.  Anyone know if there is a place I could sell my YLOD PS3 for about $100.00 as ebay seems to be extremely hit or miss and $100.00 is definitely high for a unit that doesn't work but I figured I'd ask anyways.  Not really interested in Endless electronics before that is suggested but any other advice would be greatly appreciated. 

thanks in advance

You're not restricted to playing only 2 hours at a time because of the curing process. If you don't like eBay try craigslist.

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Gophermods does recommend that restriction when you first get your PS3 back from them, Endless Electronics does too (for the first 25 hours of use).

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Jan 23, 2012

Since you aren't interested in Endless Electronics there are two other places you can check out for reball repair:

PSR1.com

Ebay seller PS3specialist: http://www.ebay.com/itm/PLAYSTATION-3-REBALLING-REPAIR-SERVICE-1-YEAR-WARRANTY-/270731664695?pt=LH_D...

I have not heard any feedback from PSR1, but I have heard reports that PS3specialist does a good job with his repairs.

Good luck.

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You're not restricted to playing only 2 hours at a time because of the curing process. If you don't like eBay try craigslist.

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Gophermods does recommend that restriction when you first get your PS3 back from them, Endless Electronics does too (for the first 25 hours of use).

Thanks Logical. That's news to me. I guess I would've found out in about a week but I shouldn't have posted not knowing for certain. I knew there was a cure time with any paste you use but I didn't know of any restrictions. So how does that work? Play for 2 rest for 2? Or can you only play for 2 hours every 24 hours?  Thanks again.

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Instructions that you get from Endless Electronics state to take a 10-15 minute break every 1-2 hours, for the first 25 hours. At that point the paste will cure.

I should note this should only apply for the Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 paste that EE nornally uses. If you order the YLOD warranty, EE is supposed to upgrade you to MX-4 paste, and that has no curing time...

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Thanks again and sorry for being a pain but now I'm curious. It won't apply to me as I did go for "The Works" which includes the YLOD warranty but the 25 hours is that consecutive as in 1 day 1 hour or is it running time which could take more than 12 days if you only play 2 hours a day or a month if you play less than an hour and so on....... Seems like it must be consecutive but....? Thanks again.

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Jan 25, 2012

Hi, I got the YLOD about a week ago on my 60gb PS3. I love the system and it worked for a good 4-5 years before crapping out. I've been doing a lot of research on this problem. I want to say thanks to Logical Dolphin, b/c you've posted so much info about this.

I know you generally recommend a reball service as a long-term fix.

I'm definitely not skilled enough for a self-repair.

So, I've decided on 3 repair service options: Endless Electronic (EE), gophermods, or  ps3specialist on ebay.

These are the pros/cons of each:

1. EE Reball: $80, YLOD lifetime warranty (MX4 paste), $30, diagnsotic fee, $30= $140 total. Good feedback and plenty of reviews.

2. Gophermods Reball: $139, 1yr warranty, lead-free solder. Also good reputation, good feedback, but not so many reviews posted on there website. I know they also have a waiting list, but, I don't mind that, so long as the repair is good. And free 1yr warranty.

3. PS3 specialist on ebay: $99, 1 yr warranty, lead-free solder, free shipping till the end of Jan 2012, thermal paste and clean included.  If extra parts needed for repair that will be an additional cost.

I know the other option is to cut my losses and just get a new slim PS3. But, I really love the 60gb for its backwards compatability.

They all seem like good reball options. I was just wondering what people's thoughts and preference would be if I were to pick one reball service. Thanks so much.

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Jan 25, 2012

I know you directed this to Logical but at the end you asked for people's thoughts so here goes. I went with your option one myself. I expect my system back soon. For a long time gophermods was the most recommended around here but I guess people got turned of by the wait. I've also heard their communication has improved. I've heard about PS3 specialist but don't know enough about them to recommend or not. I think they are all good options. I just like EEs warranty better.

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