My PS3 (an original-release 60Gb, complete with PS2 compatibility, 4 USBs and external card readers, etc) has succumbed to the rare but known 3 beep error - which, to the uninitiated, is a variant of the Yellow Light of Death error, but specifically related to overheating of the CPU and/or GPU, causing one or other to lose contact with the motherboard.
Those of you who may remember back as far as June 2008 will know that this is a replacement PS3 sent to me by Sony after my first PS3 (which I got off eBay - hence out of warranty) crapped a BluRay drive.(Read about it here
Now, being a refurbished unit ("remanufactured unit of same specification, of similar age and condition"), I'll presume that's what the issue was in the first place with this particular motherboard.
Now, rather than shelling out another 150 bills, I'm going to attempt some directions I found on Pootube (YouTube - ps3 ylod fix part1 gilksy
) and fix it myself.
I figure if I f*ck it up, I can still send it back to Sony to fix, and it won't cost me any more since it's OoW anyway.
If I do manage to do this, I shall offer my services as a PS3 repairer
I just need to go out and get some thermal compound...
Wish me luck.
PS: Worst thing is, JC2 is still in the drive... ...I was mid-game