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PS3 Mobo red light

Overclocker~4.1

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Ok guys. I recently got a free PS3 Broken. no warrenty or anything. and i thought i could fix it.

So, after i cracked her open, i saw liquid on the MoBo... that's always a bad sign. so, 3 hours after scrubbing it down, I tried it. but... no go. so maybe the PSU? nope. wired it up to a ATX and still same problem. Oh and if you are wondering what its exactly doing. It turns green 1 sec yellow then 3 beeps and blinking red light. So i decided to be meticulous and i have my volt metere out and now i want to test all the contacts to see where I may be having problems... but I do not know how much voltage is suppost to go where. And.. I'm no electrician of any sort.

So my question is. does anyone know how to test a board properly, and does any one know where a MoBo schematic could be found. thanks.
 

Plasma-0

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no one eh?
They don't exist to end users.

The issue your encountering is a YLOD. Yellow Light of Death. It is caused by the BGA solder joints under the CPU/GPU disconnecting from the motherboard because of heat.

Only way to fix this is to reflow the BGA for the CPU and GPU. Lookup PS3 YLOD Fix.
 

3.0charlie

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Try baking the motherboard, like some managed to bring GPUs back from the dead after a 200F (is it?) run in the oven...
 

shumway

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Have you tried taking out the HDD and reconnecting it?

Seen a couple posts around google now about the red light meaning a hard drive failure.
 

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