Hi all - I have a hacked PS3 that I've been using to create backup ISO files from SACD's. I'd been doing this for a while and things were going great. Till one day, I ended up with the dreaded green screen of death (also known as the yellow light of death).
After a lot of research, I discovered that this is very common for the 1st and 2nd gen of PS3's, and it's due to Sony using lead-free solder in these devices, for the first time, in order to comply with EU mandates. Problem is, the chips get too hot over time, and the hot-to-cool-down cycle results in cracked solder leads. And these solder leads are TINY. Way beyond my skill to repair, unfortunately.
In my research, I ran across some DIY guides that advised taking a heat gun and heating the chip up to try to "reflow" the solder. This is a DEAD WRONG approach and might fix the problem temporarily, but will in the end leave you with a boat anchor.
Anyway, looking around, I stumbled across this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAGOJgFBbio
and clearly these guys posses the equipment and skill to fix the PS3. So I sent mine off with a brief prayer that it might be salvaged.
One week later, I have my PS3 back and its working perfectly! And I like that these guys warranty their work for 1 year after completion. Cost was $120. I also liked that they don't charge $120 if they cannot fix it, they only charge a $20 assessment fee.
So, I'm back online with ripping some SACD's and super happy. Their website is http://www.efx-computer.net/ps3pricelist.html
- I'm not affiliated with them in any way, other than being a really happy customer.
Moderator edit: new link. Above one doesn't work anymore:http://www.efxcomputer.com/game-console-services-2/ps3-repair.html