Since many of the problems with these PS3 consoles results from dirt and grime that build up on the laser lens, as a free, value-added service for our clients, we always do a laser lens cleaning for every repair.
While it is very difficult to provide specific repair pricing here for the many things that can go wrong with your Sony Playstation 3, listed below are general figures for what we charge for various repair services. Listed below are some basic price estimates** for a few of the services that we provide. Price estimates** below INCLUDE parts and labor.
SONY PLAYSTATION 3 PS3 REPAIR Jacksonville
- - Disc Reading Errors (DRE) >> games not reading
- - Freezing or overheating
- - No sound, power or video
- - All error messages
- - Non-responsive controller or joystick
- - Disc not loading or ejecting
- - Foreign objects retrieval
- - Yellow Light of Death (YLOD)
Without the free space what you’ve got is a high powered system producing lots of heat, which is in fact being conducted along the metal components within the console and hence the heat is intensified. Sony’s problem solving to the heat issue comes in the form of a palm sized fan, inadequate heat shield on the RSX BGA and insufficient thermal compound. The RSX BGA is the graphics and audio rendering chip of the PS3 and is the primary component in which its failure results in the problem of YLOD, or no picture. Excessive heat dries up the lead-free solder joints on the RSX BGA chip and when this happens you have no contact or inadequate contact between the chip itself and the motherboard, resulting in failure.
Sadly for many PS3, the YLOD often occurs shortly after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired, although not always. A further setback for Playstation fans, Sony has not followed suit with Microsoft whom extended their warranty for Xbox 360 consoles that experienced the RROD. It is rumoured that only 1% of PS3 consoles experience the YLOD, as opposed to unconfirmed 40% rate of Xbox360 consoles with the equivalent problem, which is perhaps why Sony has not extended their warranty for YLOD cases.
As a reputable repair company the Console Doctor has come across what seems to be a fairly high number of YLOD cases, which leads us to believe that the rate could be something between 10-15% rather than 1%. Prevalence of the problem also seems to be most common among the 60gb model, with the 40gb model coming in second and with the problem least prevalent in the 80gb model (whether this be attributed to it being a better console or just because the expiry date has not been reached we cannot say for certain).
Whether or not your PS3 console can be repaired is dependent upon a number of contributing factors: the condition of the RSX chip, the tools and equipment used, a technician’s knowledge, experience and the methods of repair used. Moriz Gamers Fix have technicians experienced in electronics and electronics manufacturing working on your console. We use a professional BGA rework station to reflow the board of your PS3 console (this is the first stage of repair), before the board/console is tested.
If there has been no response we then proceed with the method of re-balling, which is basically replacing the solder underneath the RSX chip with better solder. The repair process also includes a full internal clean (the accumulation of dust is amazing) and the application of flux and a good quality thermal paste.
Some words of advice that may help (but not prevent the YLOD problem)
Store your Playstation 3 console in a well ventilated area ie not in an entertainment cabinet and especially not with the door closed. Keep it away from dusty areas.
Give your PS3 a well deserved break after every 2 hours max. Let it COOL DOWN. Actually turn off the power at the back.
Common PS3 Issues that we repair include:
- YLOD (Yellow Light of Death)
- RLOD (Red Light of Doom)
- PS3 unit will not light up or power up
- Fan no longer spins or cools system
- Unit Overheats
- Blu-ray Drive stops workng (after freezing and drive not accepting)
- Hard drive not detected
- Information Board Freezes Games
- PS3 unit cannot read discs
- Lights are flashing
Other common repairs we perform include the freezing screen (during gameplay or during the menu) as well as the flashing green light issue. If your system did not retain the data on the hard drive, we also have data recovery technicians who can attempt to get back your saved information.