Broken consoles can now be fixed at home using guides for fixing PS3 problems. These problems include the red or yellow light errors, freezing, the yellow light of death, discs that refuse to play as well as connectivity problems. Fixing these problems is easy with a few select tips,which one can try to avoid sending the console to service centers. With a screwdriver one can easily get a broken console repaired in no time using these short fixes.
Red Light Error
The red light error is one of the most common PS3 errors. One can fix this problem by turning on the console from standby. One should see a solid green light. If this does not turn the red light off, one needs to turn the console off by holding it for 10 seconds. Another solution would be to remove the HDD. One can do this by disconnecting the cords, turning the PS3 to look at the back and opening the casing that holds the drive. Once the drive is out, one needs to reconnect all the wires and turn the PS3 back manually by holding the ON button until one hears two beeps. If the dashboard or menu does not show up this could mean system failure, which means that one needs to send the console to the service center.
Yellow Light of Death
The Yellow Light of Death is one of the most annoying problems most PS3 users face. This usually indicates hardware failure with the motherboard. This could be a result of a broken solder, which tend to break and crack over time and can be solved by using a burst of hot air. Experts advise taking a hot air gun or blow dryer to the PS3, blowing hot air over the console for ten minutes before cooling the unit by placing it in front of a source of cold air. The hot air is used to heat up the solders and return them to a partially melted state.
Freezing errors are another common problem. This is relatively easy to fix. One can unplug the cables and put them back in and see if this solves the problem. One can check for loose cables, which may also cause the freezing. Another solution is to take out the hard drive and place it back in after a few minutes. A more drastic measure would be to back up the HDD and do a clean format. This may fix any fragmentation that may be causing the freezing. Another drastic move would be to replace the HDD. One can use an ordinary laptop hard drive to check if the hard drive is the problem. Replacing the HDD is not a problem since the console uses a SATA hard drive.
For more help one can download repair guides for fixing PS3 problems. There are many free PDF tutorials and videos about how to fix common problems in the PS3 online. Solving common PS3 problems using these guides is often a cheaper alternative to sending the console to service centers which charge $150 per repair.