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Editorial: How Did The PS3 Treat You?

As we look forward to another generation, we like to take a look back and reflect.

In this case, we want to know- How was your PlayStation 3 experience over the past six or seven years? In terms of reliability, how did you fare?

During the first part of the generation, we often heard reports of the "YLoD" (Yellow Light of Death) that crippled some of the original 60GB "fatty" systems. Supposedly, the issue was even more prevalent in the 20GB models. However, according to retail statistics, this malfunction was nowhere near as widespread or prevalent as the Xbox 360's "RRoD" (Red Ring of Death). At one point, major retailers were reporting 360 failure rates of around 30%, which is catastrophic.

But that doesn't mean the YLoD didn't exist; did it happen to you? Did it happen more than once? Did a firmware update nail your system at one point? How about disc read errors? Games freezing and crashing? I really can't complain about my experience, as I've had two PS3s and I only got the 120GB Slim because I wanted to upgrade; my launch machine (the 60GB one) was fine. The Slim has been fine ever since as well, and I've never had a firmware update do anything bad to either machine. As for game crashes and freezing, that's exceedingly rare and of course, that has something to do with game developers, too.

But I tend to be lucky with my consoles, anyway. I don't think I've ever had one die, dating all the way back to the NES. Well, something in the original PlayStation broke - had something to do with the CD reading mechanism - but my father actually fixed it and it always worked after that. I never had an issue with any PS2 I ever had, either. Then again, I take very good care of my machines, so that might have something to do with it...I still think it's amazing that my 360, which I got back in 2006, lasted the whole way. ;)

7/5/2013 Ben Dutka

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Comments (87 posts)

MartyRules
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:07:19 PM
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I've had five, 2 overheats, 1 rented and returned, one ylod and last one still kicking.

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pillz81
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 11:14:38 AM

two ylod on two separate fatties for me.

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:13:07 PM
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I've had two :( almost 3. YLOD

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Twistedfloyd
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:16:13 PM
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I had one YLOD, and got a new PS3, but now whenever I turn on the YLOD PS3 it works. I've played some games on it, but not for too long, it gets really hot, but it can work in a pinch if necessary.

My slim PS3 has worked fine for over two years, never had any issues with it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:21:12 PM
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It has treated me well in my estimation, my original 80gb lasted 5 years and then YLODed. While I was careful not to have super crazy long gaming sessions the fact that the hairdryer trick resurrected it long enough to get the info I needed that tells me that it was a strain on the solder that killed it.

A friend of mine's original slim died pretty soon after he got it, and then the replacement stopped playing DVDs.

I wonder if the PS4 will be more or less prone to dying based on these new components. I mean I've never had a PC up and die on me from a hardware failure.

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Temjin001
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:32:21 PM

A 'power on self test' is preformed on virtually every computer device. This is a means of testing the functionality of the hardware before booting. Depending on how serious the problem is for PC's, like something Motherboard related, or not being able to load the kernal, it wouldn't boot either if it detected a hardware failure. I think the difference here between the PS3 and a standard PC is that there's like a sensor of sorts that gets a bit flipped to flag the PS3 from booting up in an effort to prevent further hardware failure. Something like a killswitch to prevent anything from fires or components melting. Chances are most who had YloD could have inexpensively repaired their PS3 and it would've worked for years more.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:55:24 PM

Probably so, though I can't think of any way to do it inexpensively. Shipping costs alone would be a third of a new PS3.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:17:22 AM

it's always nice getting a new Dual Shock with your new PS3 anyway =)

I have 3 controllers and I only bought one additional one. I still have my semi-transparent black SIXAXIS.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:19:24 AM

It's also worth noting that getting the new HDD that comes with a new PS3 is of value. Really, between HDD's and PSU's, hardware failure usually strikes first between them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:55:53 PM

I think I still have a PS3 HDD layin around here somewhere lol

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Temjin001
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:25:26 PM
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So far I've had one YloD. I'm getting concerned for my PS3 SLim. It's louder these days. A sign my fat PS3 had before croaking.

I'm less concerned about the overheating issues with the next-gen, not that nothing else can go wrong, as they're designed with lower voltage processing in mind. They are medium grade laptop CPU's after all so heat dispersion will be naturally lower this next time around. Where as something like the power hungry Power PC processors in the PS3 and 360 ate electricity for fun =p

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Jawknee
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:35:37 PM

So is mine but it may be because of the summer weather. It's especially loud when playing Naughty Dog games.

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Temjin001
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:45:11 PM

My first PS3 died on a Naughty Dog game: Uncharted 2.
It was a worthy death ;)

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Jawknee
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:18:05 PM

My 60gb's laser died playing MGS4 then it YLOD for simply being idle for 20 minutes after turning it on. My slim power source died while it was off. Ha, one day it worked fine then the next day it didn't.

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Temjin001
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:27:50 PM

oh man. Talk about coincidence. I was just playing WipeOut HD and my wife got home from the gym and said she could smell like a burnt circuitry smell near where I was playing.

NO! That's exactly what my first PS3 did just before it died.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:10:54 AM

Oh man, what is going on with these PS3's? I'm not going to be happy if either of mine take a dump again.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:36:10 AM

I suppose seeing that these things are so complex it sort of comes with the territory. Or maybe SOny's financial woes as of late has caused them to go cheap on everything. That newer Super Slim looks so flimsy and cheap with that slide top lid.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:29:47 AM

My friend just picked up the God of War one today because the laser on his previous slim took a dump. He did mentio it felt pretty cheap in comparison. I do remember how cheap the final iteration of the PS2 felt.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:51:28 AM

My PS3 died while playing Fallout 3. A worthy death sure, but man I was into that game.

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oaks12
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:30:32 PM
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I've got a fat PS3, had since mar 07 and I've never had a problem.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:34:38 PM
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I had to have my original 60gb's laser replaced then it got YLOD two days before the limited warranty on the first repair expired. So they swapped it with a refurb. That refurb is still kicking though I keep getting "Could not Start, Appropriate storage could not be found" errors. Not sure if its my HDD or the connectors inside the console. My slim had a power supply failure that I got fixed locally for much cheaper than what Sony would have charged. It's been much more reliable than the 360 but I do admit the PS3 was the only Sony hardware I've had this many problems with. My PS1, PS2 and PSP are still working like new. Hell a Sony tube projection TV my dad bought in the 80's lasted nearly 25 years before he fixed the bulb.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:52:13 PM

The thing with Sony is that they might send you a new Ps3 if they can't fix it or if they are lazy to.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:19:13 PM

After you pay them $120 if you're out of warranty.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:46:46 PM

It's $90 including shipping costs and you get 90 days warranty. Like I said, I sent my ps3 once. Had no problems.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:12:15 AM

Ah, it was still $120 (down from $150) when I called about the power supply. Good to know they lowered the price yet again.

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Ather
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:38:07 PM
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Had a disc gets tuck. also, couldn't read a rented copy of Uncharted. It forced an update, then spent the time with the spinning coin thing on a black screen. After 15 minutes, I gave up on it. Guess it was the disc.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:46:38 PM
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I've had about 5 different Ps3s. Not because they died on me but because I traded in my ps3s before the warranty expired. Of course you can't do that any more. Other reasons are because I kept buying the slimmer models. I currently own a black super slim 1tb ps3 on which I game on. And my white super 500gb slim is still unopened in case anything happens. I've had no problems with any except on one of them that had a defective bluray. It was sent to Sony and fixed. It was an 80gb model that didn't play ps2 games.

They were all overly used and abused and they are tough. I've kept them on for no reason, other times they'd be on 24 hours doing stupid GT5 24hr races and so on... Very durable pieces of machines!

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gamer4lifexxx
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:46:49 PM
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only had on problem so far since i've owned my PS3 slim.. the harddrive crashed, but it was the game's fault not the system. .other wise, no problems at all. I hope it holds out for years to come.

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Temjin001
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:51:40 PM
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and something else. This whole the next-gen is using nothing but 'off the shelf PC parts' is really misleading, suggesting as if this last gen was so very different than the current gen in this aspect. The reality is there's nothing off the shelf about a DDR5 motherboard configuration. There's not a single PC gamer out there with their $3000 gamer PC who is using anything more than DDR3. Also every single one of those gamers are interfacing their GPU with a slower PCI Express bus, something the PS4 totally bypasses. The PS3 and 360, like the next-gen, were very PC'ish as well. Far more so than any prior gen. Power supplies, HDD's, USB ports, and graphics chips based on PC architectures etc. were part of the mix. Really, the core difference was in the processor itself. That's the difference. So now we're using Jaguar AMD chips and suddenly everything about the next-gen has gone all 'off the shelf' on us. Whatever.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:58:21 PM

I don't understand

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Temjin001
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:43:33 PM

oh, well, my avatar's text says, "Who's there? .... "
"Oh, just a girl. Get out of here!!"

hehe man, that kind'a talk today would never fly.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:47:47 PM

I like that avatar

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___________
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 5:11:50 AM

why is it when people are talking about the ps4s memory they always forget to put the G in front?
DDR5 RAM will probably not see in our lifetime, hell DDR4 still aint ready for mass production!

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Beamboom
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 9:37:19 AM

Exactly, Temjin. That's what I've been saying too.

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KidPresentable
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:58:14 PM
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I've never had an issue with any of the five Sony platforms I've owned. They've all treated me very well. I'm sure it will continue.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:58:25 PM
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PS4 needs a smarter way to connect to all routers. Like a "hey, here's whats wrong" when it doesn't work would be appreciated. Giving me a vague error code isn't going to help anyone.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:27:50 AM

Even if you look up the code in Sony support its vague because one code could stretch across many problems. Like RDR needed certain ports open in the router to work over the PSN but the PS3 also needed certain ports open and it was the same code for game and console and it took me forever to figure that out.

But in the end that wasnt the problem anyways haha. Just terribl wiring in the house.

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Jed
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:00:43 PM
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My 60gb launch day fatty has been a dream. I live in western texas, it's hot and really dusty here, but my PS3 has never overheated. I have used it very heavily and the worst that ever happened eas a few game glitches that froze it (especially Fallout 3). I am 100% satisfied with its performance and am looking forward to a launch day PS4.

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pavlovic
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:30:05 PM
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My 60GB fatty died on me a couple of years ago. My 160GB slim is working just fine.

Never had any issue with firmware updates.

Now I'm on my 3rd XB360.

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BigT_1980
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:30:43 PM
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I have 2 PS3's, my 60 GB fatty YLOD on me so I bought a 320 GB Slim move bundle. After buying the slim I sent my fatty to Gopher Mods to have them repair it and it went down a few months later. They did not want to honor their warranty so I brought the arctic 5 Silver a heat gun and some tools and plan on fixing it myself. Whenever they did the repair they also cracked the case. Would not recommend them.

Despite the issues I would still recommend the PS3 to friends. Side note I take very good care of the consoles. Never before have I had a broken console before the PS3. Starting from the 2600. I guess might have had one sooner if I bought the Commodore 64.

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KrimsonSky25
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:33:33 PM
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I've had 6...first one (60GB Original) YLOD after 2 years, then the 3 refurbs i got to replace it died within minutes of turning them on. the 4th replacement worked for a couple months. Then i gave up on having the original PS3 and sold my PS2 games for a PS3 slim which now takes anywhere from 1-20 tries for it to recognize most blu-ray discs I pop in. I've owned almost every major system since NES and have never had a hardware failure until the PS3. Hopefully it was just this generation that was cursed...

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:34:19 PM
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My 80GB PS3 (non motorstorm bundle/MGS4 bundle) is still kickin' strong but I do get game freezes, very minor, so I'm a little concerned that my PS3 months/years from now I might run into some serious problems. Fingers crossed that I don't.

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 6:52:06 PM

I guess dust is more attractive to the phatty's then the slims, a lot of u are having bad luck pretty much in a short amount of time.

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booze925
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:51:43 PM
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I YLOD'd 3 different models. I am still standing with the slim.
Yet I came back.

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daus26
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:21:49 AM
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My 60GB PS3 went YLOD after about two years, from 2007 to 2009. It died as I was playing FFXIII. Thankfully, by 2009, the slim was introduced. I got that and haven't had a problem since.

It's inexcusable really. I don't care if the Xbox had a worst failure rate, but bottom line, you have to be really lucky to have the original LAUNCH unit and not get YLOD. It's pretty evident here so far.

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Razov
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:23:16 AM
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I'm still using my fat launch model. I did take it apart, a few years ago to reapply thermal grease, clean fans out and etc. Still tickin like its new. No warping of any kind. Guess I got lucky. I also don't game for very long. watch a movie or two, play an hour or two of games, then put it aside for a bit then come back when I remember.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:37:33 AM

It was like breaking into Fort Knox right? Those older PS3's were built like fortified tanks hiding plutonium.

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Razov
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:45:15 AM

OMG that first screw behind the "void when broken" sticker was such a giant pain in the .... butt... Then you had to slide like 5 different pieces off, then unscrew everything. It was a giant nightmare but well worth it.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:32:14 AM

Ha, speaking of warping, my buddy and I were talking about how Sony hides their power supply inside the console versus MS using a power brick outside. Sony's machines don't warp. His old 360's vents look like they were melting and that's without an internal power supply.

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Jed
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 2:00:02 AM

I have never opened my launch 60gb fatty. The only things ive done are change the HD to 500gb and hit it with compressed air from time to time. It is very dusty here.

Ive gotten the error where it doesnt recognize the hdd, but a restart always fixes that. For some reason it wont recognize an external HD,but thats not a big problem for me. I'm probly doing it wrong anyway.

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Doppel
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:55:55 AM
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Still running strong with my 2007 CECHL01.



Cleaned the system three times. Modified to have three extra USB ports at the back. Modified to charge controllers while in standby mode.

Pretty darn happy about it. :)

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:27:16 AM

Nice. Sir, I'd say you're ready to step up to the PC gaming scene where gamers pride themselves in being hardware tinker'ers ;)
No, really. It can be fun.

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FM23
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:06:48 AM
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My Phat 40GB PS3 died on me. Shortly after, I upgraded to the 160GB Slim. No regret as I got a good 4 yr run out of my phatty.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:25:29 AM
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PS3 was great to me and still is. My phat 60gb original did ylod on me but after 2 years and just before my warranty expired so no harm. In fact I got a gift card in return (circuit city is where I purchased the warranty) for the original price I paid and had money leftover after buying my 80gb model.

Anyways all in all Id say the PS3 for its complicated architecture is a solid console.

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Riku994
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:47:14 AM
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My 60GB fatty YLoD'd the day I got Sonic 4 episode 1. My dad and I fixed it like 6 times but it kept happening so I got the 320gb move bundle.

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556pineapple
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:53:38 AM
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My original 60 GB Fatty never YLOD'd but it did start freezing after being on for a few minutes (days after GTA IV came out!!) It was under warranty, so I sent it in, and they sent me a refurb.

With that one, about 2.5 years ago, it would run for a while, and then just shut off, and not turn back on (first happened days after GT5 came out!! Seriously!) I got the YLOD once during this period. It was out of warranty, so I opened it up, vacuumed and dusted it, applied new thermal paste to the processor, and put it back together. Still happened. Set it aside for about a month while I contemplated sending it in to get serviced. Tried it again a month later, worked perfectly...? OK I wasn't complaining.

Now just about 7 months ago, it shut off, and I smelled something burning. Opened it up, and quickly identified it as the PSU. Ordered a replacement PSU for $20 off of ebay, and now it works fine.

So no, I can't say my experience has been perfect, but all of my problems have been resolved easily, so I can't complain. :)

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reryan
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 2:01:05 AM
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I bought a gamestop refurbished fat 60 gig back in '08, I've had no problems with it and it still works great.

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 2:50:46 AM
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My first PS3 is a used original 60GB model that did get the YLoD while still under a warranty, so got fixed for free. Then OtherOS was axed while it was on the way back from the repair center, so I lived w/o PSN for a while until I bought a 160GB slim PS3 KILLZONE 3 bundle, so I could keep the older on the old FW.

BTW, here's what I mostly used my OtherOS for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlA71DBbIAQ&list=PL2ECD0FD401600275

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Jed
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 3:50:07 AM

That video was awesome. I had a friend that had something like that running on his original xbox after he moded it, but it was nowhere near as complex.

The parts with Battlechess and Pitfall gave me some nostalgic flashbacks. You rock xnonsuchx.

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 7:17:31 AM

Thanks, Jed! A guy who works for a game developer started it and set up most of the basics, but had to stop after his employer expressed concerns. I picked it up for several months after that, fixing things, cleaning things up a bit, adding a few more emulations (C64, Atari ST), etc. and then passed it off to the guy who made these videos. He made the installation a lot more streamlined (including hosting the Linux repository for it), added several more emulations and other features. I still test some things for him and give him new fixes/tweaks as I find them. It's just a fun hobby since not many people have an OtherOS-capable PS3 anymore.

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___________
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 5:35:48 AM
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lost count on the specifics, but at least 2 of the phat systems from YLOD, another 3 had their bluray laser die.
the original slim i bought packed up only 7 weeks after purchase with the YLOD!
then the replacement went a couple months later.
then the replacement for that, when move came out for some reason the controllers would not sync up to my ps3.
that was funny, i ended up returning like 10 move controllers, and when i posted on their support page the manager for $ony central in the city asked me to bring my ps3 in not even he could figure out what was wrong with it!
so he replaced it again, and now they worked but still could not understand why they refused to connect to that system.
DS3s were fine, everything was fine, just move.
then the one he swapped for me went out with a YLOD again.
then it was the launch model of the newer fugly grated slims that went with a YLOD after only 4 months!
dunno how long this ones going to last me though, every time i look at it i can see it taunting me.
eh, does not matter ive got extended warranty so when it does go EB will replace it for me.

as for system updates though, thats just funny
when $ony says it only does everything, they truly mean it!
and everything includes CC fraud but ill get to that later, and faulty OS updates.
think its been 4 updates ive had issues with, some ending in a infinite loop so when you update the ps3 turns back on asking you to insert a USB stick with the latest FW, but when i do that it installs than reverts back to that screen.
$ony wanted to charge me for that saying its not covered under warranty, told them to go f*ck themselves and solved it myself by hacking the system hooking the HDD up and formatting it than re installing the OS.
just amazes me though how they can let out faulty updates though, i mean dont they check them?
then to charge people for your f*ck up, thats $ony for ya great customer service!

then theres my personal favorite issue with them.
a few years ago i noticed there were charges on my CC for games i did not purchase.
so i phoned up $ony and they said there not actually registered on my account, so obviously someones gotten hold of my CC details through them and bought games off my card and i should contact my bank.
so i did exactly that, my bank got the funds back for me and we changed the accounts.
then a few days later i notice im having trouble singing into PSN, hmmmm thats weird i never normally have problems.
so i ring them up, oh yea your accounts banned because you have those games and you contacted your bank reversing the funds.
so i say no i dont have the games, i spoke to x and he told me that there not registered on my account and that someone had accessed my CC details and bought these games and advised me to contact my bank.
well thats a problem you need to solve with your bank, all were concerned about is we dont have the funds for these games.
so after months of going back and forward with them and their "accounts" team, with my bank, with the ACCC, with the department of fair trading, i eventually got fed up and filled a law suit against them.
funny enough the day after $ony got the papers i recieve a phone call asking how can we settle this out of court.
i was tempted to say go f*ck yourself because after so much wasted time and headaches i wanted to take them to the curb, but was going to TAFE at the time and thought im better off just resolving this now rather waste days in court and miss out on valuable classes.
so i told him i want my account back, i want my PSN+ sub refunded because i havent been able to use it.
no problem ill send you a message when its sorted.
and thats it, i finally got my account back and instantly removed all my details off all my accounts.
funny how the impossible turns into the so easily done just give me 5 minutes when a lawsuits involved!

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Esc
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 5:37:42 AM
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Only ever owned the 60Gb phat version & it's been a workhorse - never broken down (which I'm glad about as I hardly back up)

Just got PS+ so might have to upgrade the hard drive soon - can anyone advise what the largest drive is that's safe & easy?

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 8:43:35 AM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005DVJJWQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?qid=1373114510&sr=8-6&pi=SL75

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Solid Fantasy
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 6:51:29 AM
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My NES never really worked right out the box. We spent more than half of the time blowing into the thing. Afterthat we had about a 10min window before it failed again. I guess my PS3 80gig fatty did better than that. Though towards the end I was only playing for an hour before the fan got so loud I had to shut it off in fear.
I didn't want to get a whole new PS3 this late in the gen, but I didn't really have much other choice and the new slim slims are pretty slick. What a change in the disc trey from the launch models.

I will undoubtedly pick up the extra warranty with my new ps4. The odds of the new launch models not having issues is unlikely.

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krupex
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 7:40:36 AM
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I have my ps3 for about 3 years, no problems.
Freezes? Only Fallout 3

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 9:15:50 AM
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I was tempted to say no, but then I realised I've actually had some sh*tty luck with reliability...

First I got data corruption on my Resident Evil 5 game save back in 2010. This was my first next-gen game that I really got into, and I spent hundreds of hours playing it. That wasn't fun.

Then, more recently, my HDD became completely corrupted. So that meant everything was lost - might as well have done nothing with it the last 4 years. Zero remanents apart from what I had uploaded to the servers. Which brings me to my other big reliability mishap...

Getting banned from PSN. When you add the above and this together, it means I LITERALLY had nothing; nothing from the PSN store, no friend list, you name it. Not technically anything to do with the reliability of the system, but perhaps shows the way PSN downloads work is kind of flawed/unreliable...

But apart from all that, not so bad! I rarely get crashes, it barely makes a sound. Considering how long I keep it on - even when I'm not using it - it's done pretty damn well.

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 9:16:45 AM
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only issues i've had is with the blu ray laser.
im on my third ps3 (by choice)

laser issues with the other two, which are out of warranty

but never had a ylod (knock on wood)

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xenris
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 9:21:30 AM
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My original PS3 died recently, but it was definitely my fault. I left it running when playing games like contra where you couldn't save, or when I got really far in Black Ops Zombies, didn't help that I had a heater in my room when it got cold in the winter :P

5 years of abuse and my PS3 finally said no more man NO MORE!!!

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Beamboom
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 9:40:22 AM
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My first fatty failed on me within the guarantee period. Replaced it with another fatty who started to make some insane noise shortly after, but is still alive. I will trade that one in for the PS4.

And finally, my Slim who's been running flawlessly since day one. Still as quiet as ever, no problems, no issues.

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Clamedeus
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 10:06:29 AM
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I have only been through 2. But the Slim PS3 I bought is working awesome, no problems, no loud noises etc. But other than that. I have had a great experience with it, but I am very excited to get my hands on the PS4 and to switch over to the next gen.

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JROD0823
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 11:15:47 AM
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I have a 60GB fatty, and a 160GB slim, and while the GPU in my fatty has been acting up for the last 2 or 3 years, my slim has worked near-flawlessly.

I have had games lock up on both of my PS3s a few times, and I (thankfully) dodged the 4.45 bricking snafu, but my PS3s can still run any game I want them to, and that's the general point, isn't it?

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pillz81
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 11:19:47 AM
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I had my first fatty for 4 years before it YLOD several times. I had it repasted twice and soldered once until it YLOD again.
I bought a refurbished fatty which proceeded to get a YLOD a few years later. I have yet to get that fixed and I am solely playing my PS Vita.

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pillz81
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 11:30:50 AM

After I fix my B/C fat PS3, I think I'll just sell it and get a slim. I lost all my PS2 saves anyway.

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aaronobst
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 11:52:32 AM
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My 40GB got the YLOD after a few years of extremely heavy use and the slim I immediately bought to replace it works to this day.

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godsdream
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:24:35 PM
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I have 2. 1 original 60 gig phat and 1 Uncharted 3 slim bundle. The original phaty YLOD but repaired it and still works. And the slim no failures so far.

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PC_Max
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:38:16 PM
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On my second PS3. Had the 60g which lasted me from 2007 to 2012. Got a lot of use out of it. Still getting entertainment from the current one and hopefully, until the debs stop... producing for it, a bit more.

Keep Playing!

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MrAnonymity
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 5:02:43 PM
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I've had two, but the second one only came because I sold the first one when I decided to take a break from gaming.

I only have two complaints this generation. One, the PSN Store's upgrade. It is just too slow. Second, and final, would have to be Sony's poor choice for how the PS3 handles digital downloads (long wait for the download, THEN long wait for the install). Apart from that, I have cherished my PS3 experience, just as I cherished the previous generations.

... granted, a more robust selection of JRPGs would have been stellar, but that isn't the console's fault.

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tes37
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 6:17:19 PM
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I bought a 40GB in 2007 that lasted about 3.5 years before it died from the Yellow Light disease. I have two Slims that are still running fine so far. I've never had any issues with them.

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VampDeLeon
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 1:58:59 AM
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It's scary to think of so many of the backward-compatible models of PS3 suffering this issue in seven-years time. I only say this because of how my PS1 from 1998, still runs fine today after five years of it running overnight constantly (no memory card to save any game until 2003, which by then I went on a marathon of playing-saving), and using it as a CD player.

My PS3 is the first slim model from 2009, so it's still relatively new with no issues other than it attracting dust even whilst playing.

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streakermaximus
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 2:02:15 AM
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I'm on my 3rd PS3. 1st was 60GB I bought a bit before the first price reduction (oops). That YLOD'd me and I got a warranty replacement. That also died and I bought a brand new one literally 3 days before the last price reduction (fortunately GameStop has a 30 day policy and refunded the $50.00 reduction).

Also, my launch 360 RROD'd on me and I got a warranty replacement. About a year later I decided the 360 was a dust collector and I traded it in.

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Banky A
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 3:31:59 AM
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its been good. have a new one though because of a loud fan noise

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TheOldOne
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 10:39:32 AM
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The first one died twice of YLOD (repaired it once by myself, then gave up on the unit when YLOD again after a month or so). The second one I bought the disk reader started having disc read errors after a year. I put that one on a box to maybe repair later (yeah right) and bought a 3rd one. Thats the one still running right now, but I dont abuse it as much as the first two :)

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solidsnakins
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 8:21:42 PM
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I had a 60 GB fatty that YLOD after 2 and a half years and the replacement i got also YLOD. I got a third sold it on ebay for 250 bought the original slim 120 and have had great performance out of it for 3 years going strong, it has seen some extremely long sessions with only the occasional hiccup here and there. Im considering uprading the hdd to get some more years out of it.

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SirLoin of Beef
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 7:29:07 AM
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I got my fatty PS3 a few months after it was released and it lasted up until about a year and a half ago when the optical drive went kaput. I decided to get a slim model and have had no issues with it.

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WYO1016
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 12:05:05 PM
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Got a YLoD on my lauch 60gb fatty, but my slim has worked great. I still love my PS3, but the YLoD was definitely frustrating.

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Crabba
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 5:51:36 PM
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I'm on my second PS3. The original 20GB bought at launch 2005 started having problems with not playing PS2 discs/DVDs maybe two years ago, and then RLOD about a year ago, so I guess not really that bad lasting about 6-6.5 years, but I take good care of my things and rarely have things fail on me so was still a bit disappointing.

Replaced with the cheapo super slim just because I got a super deal on Black Friday, otherwise would have preferred to get the regular slim. In a way I'm on my third PS3, because the first one was super loud, made noise like a vacuum while idling in the XMB, so exchanged it for a new one, which is quiet and working fine so far...

Some day when I have more time I'll try reapplying thermal paste etc to see if I can fix my good 'ol fat PS3 ...

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pyro117
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 8:39:44 AM
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My 60gb - YLOD. My replacement PS3 slim just started to have bluray drive issues. I can play most games just not "The Last of Us" or "Metal Gear Solid 4". I was able to finish "Ni No Kuni" and play "XCOM:Enemy Unknown". I will have to send it into Sony for repair - at least the repair costs are down to 99 bucks now.

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