English: On the left, an original "fat" PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. This is a 60 GB model with backwards compatibility and memory card reader. On the right the 120 GB PS3 "Slim" model. Shown with a DualShock3.This is the JPG version. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ok I thought I was making a smart purchase about a year ago by getting a FAT or PHAT backwards compatible PS3. Yeah, I guess I was chasing the rainbow on that idea since little did I know at the time that these older fat consoles hide a little secret..THE DREADED YELLOW RING OF DEATH, or aka YLOD.
The Yellow line of death rears it's ugly head usually as a result of the fact the system has overheated. The older PS3's are famous for this and if you ask me, Sony should give us all a refund for a faulty console!!! Now..there are, a lot of sites and videos out there that will tell you how to fix the YLOD but what they don't tell you is this is just a temporary fix at best.
Whether you use a heat gun your motherboard, reball, replace the power supply, flux it, what ever....your system is still living on borrowed time. An honest repair shop will tell you this is a waste of time and money. The best case scenario, get your system working long enough to transfer your data to a new PS3 slim.
On a personal note, as I said before, Sony should issue refunds!!! This is an outrage. The system is faulty, they know it, we know it and the world knows it. All the repairs in the world won't keep it from eventually tanking out. The next question is, do we go and reward Sony's faulty product by again buying from them???