The Yellow Light of Death, sometimes known as the blinking red light, is a common error experienced by Playstation 3 users. It is also referred to as the YLOD.
You have the Yellow Light of Death if, when you turn on the PS3 it beeps and blinks as shown in the picture above. It only flashes yellow for a brief second. If you can still turn your PS3 on at times and not at other times then your PS3 has overheating issues.
The YLOD is caused because the solder under the graphics chip fractures and becomes brittle. Eventually after a significant percentage of these connections go back your PS3 will not be able to detect the GPU (RSX) Chip any more. It will then give you the infamous Yellow Light of Death. The worst part of the YLOD is that there is no way to recover your data or any disk that happens to get stuck.
To properly fix the YLOD you need professional equipment. Here at Fix My Playstation we use Zephyrtronics equipment. It is the same stuff NASA uses to repair their printed circuit boards. If its good enough for NASA it is good enough for your PS3. We do not recommend a heat gun. This is a very terrible way to fix your PS3.
Get your PS3 fixed right. See below for some different YLOD repairs. Both our Standard and Premium Service will fix your YLOD right and get you back to gaming.