Old 10th December 2010, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What do I loose - Is it worth it - Should I worry

So as you all know my beloved PS3 is suffering from YLOD.

I have managed through the use of a hair dryer to get the blue light to respond twice but only breafly. I may continue to work on it.

I don't have the equipment and maybe the skill to go delving into the internals of the PS3 to try a fix.

If I forget the fix and just flash up a new machine what do I stand to loose.

All saves
All protected content
All downloads
All patches

If I'm happy to start from scratch any game I own will the new saves interact with my existing Trophies say for protected content saves and award me trophies as per normal or will they be forever screwed?

As I said I'm happy to just ignore the losses and play the games from scratch.

What do people think?
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Old 10th December 2010, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally it wouldn't bother me to loose saves, patches and downloads but I dont know what protected content is for the PS3, is it like digital content that you have payed cash to acquire?
If that's the case I would be fuming about not having an appropriate way to transfer it to another console.
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Old 10th December 2010, 09:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anything A_1 bought from the PSN he can download again on up to five PS3 consoles.
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Old 10th December 2010, 11:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Some game save files are created as protected content. The can not be just transferred to say a USB device and moved to another PS3 they have to be transferred by network cable to the new machine. It's a pain in the ass to be sure but I guess it stops people using other peoples saves to win in a game.

I knew about the download option and I'm assuming I'm getting pretty close to the limit with those as well. HDD changes and second PS3.
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Old 11th December 2010, 07:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it is linked to the console, not the HD. So you should be able to download to the same PS3 as many times as you like.
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Old 11th December 2010, 09:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds like it boils down to the choice between effort and desire, I reckon I would put it on the back burners and take so long to bother fixing it that I would not use any of the saves in the end anyway.

Reminds me any time I have backed up data before rebuilding a PC only to forget to put that hdd back in the case before closing, with dust in my throat and one or two case cuts in hand I usually put off installing the hdd for another day

ps. Does the PS3 turn on enough to create heat? If it does have you tried wrapping it in a few towels and leaving it on for ~15 mins, if it is a hairline solder crack it could be enough to soften it up enough to retouch.
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Old 11th December 2010, 12:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No it's pretty much on, fan start, beep beep beep, light change to yellow then red, fan off.

Yes someone mentioned placing into something which you can direct hot air into like a box/metal box to enable the whole unit to heat up which might solve the solder issue.

Then reapplying thermal paste before putting the unit back together.

Fingers crossed.
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