I have a PS3 that recently YLOD'd. I followed djwhetzel's youtube videos to remedy the YLOD. The fix worked, for a couple minutes.

Now, the screen goes crazy, showing really bad video, as in something is wrong w/ the video processor. The system locks, and I can only shut it down using the power switch. Anytime I start it back up, it attempts to start, no YLOD/blinking red light, but the video is corrupt and the system is locked (doesn't respond to any input at all, including the power switch).

I had already purchased a new PS3, in hopes to pull the data off the YLOD'd one and then trash it. But now I'm not sure I'll even be able to do that.

So my questions:

1) Any idea what the new issue is, and if it is fixable?

2) If it is not fixable by me, is it fixable by Sony or some other service?

3) Is there any way I can get my saved data off of there if I'm unable to get the original system to boot? I'm afraid the answer here is "no", but it really drives me crazy that the HD is perfectly fine and my saved data is completely in tact, and I have a perfectly new PS3, with absolutely no way to get the saved data from that HD to my new one.


Upon more digging, it sounds like my GPU may be overheating, possibly due to a poor job on my part of applying thermal compound -- is this a possibility? If so, have I permanently fried my GPU, or can I possibly fix this by reapplying the compound? What may I have done wrong to have caused this?


As you've said in your edit, the GPU is probably at fault.

I'm not able to judge whether your PS3 is repairable, however my guess is that you wouldn't even get crazy video if your GPU was dead beyond repair.

Some of the information in my answer to another similar question might be useful if you decide to repair.

If you manage to recover your PS3 with data intact, you should immediately sign up for PSN+ and copy your most important saved games to the cloud service. The locked/protected save games should be your highest priority. (And no, I don't work for Sony!)

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  • Thanks @YellowMegaMan. I actually am already looking for a third party repair service, so hopefully that will work. I'll definitely do PSN+, as a few bucks a month is worth preventing this from happening again. I didn't realize they provided cloud backup for save data. I knew they did auto updates, but not that. I wonder, if my PS3 functions without video, can I blindly navigate to do this? At one point, it was doing this -- I could hear the menus navigating w/ my controller, but the video was corrupted. – Jerad Rose Mar 11 '12 at 14:34
  • You might be able to blindly navigate to perform some tasks, but signing up to PSN+ and copying saved games to the cloud requires you to go in and out of many levels of menus and forms. Plus, there's no "copy all" option - you have to copy each saved game separately. – YellowMegaMan Mar 14 '12 at 6:15

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