My sister’s fiancé, Justin, had a 40gb Playstation 3, that unfortunately started experiencing the yellow light of death – which is similar to the XBox 360′s red ring of death. Some people say this problem is not fixable; others recommend heating up the back of the system with a hairdryer for approximately 15 minutes as a temporary fix. Justin told me if I could fix the PS3 it would be mine to do with it as I please and if I couldn’t fix it, then I could use it for parts. I had a PS3, but it was a broken one… fortunately, I found a series of videos by YouTube user gilksy1 that demonstrated how to repair the PS3 step-by-step.
Using these videos, I was able to repair the PS3 and go from yellow light to green light. I had to disassemble the PS3 and get to the CPU and GPU, which was a timely task. There were many screws to unscrew and lots of parts to remove. Once I finally got down to the CPU and GPU, I cleaned off the old heat sink paste and replaced it with new Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound. Also, using a heat gun I heated some of the soldering points up to about 680 degrees Fahrenheit. After letting the parts cool, it was time to reassemble the PS3.