Sony PS3 YLOD (Yellow Light of Death)

The YLOD fault on the Playstation 3 computer was called the “Yellow light of Death” as a nick name for the fault, because the console flashes a yellow light and then the Playstation 3 shuts down and dies on you.

The yellow light on the Sony Playstation console is a none pacific fault indicator, and can be caused by a number  reasons,  after inspecting many consoles our engineers have found that in most cases the cause of the yellow light fault is the solder cracking underneath the BGA chips on the PS3 motherboard. This is due to the high operating temperature of the graphic processing unit and the use of lead free solder, over time the solder begins to crack due to the high temperature, and as a result the PS3 console shuts down.
You will normally hear a few beeps and a flashing light before the PS3 console shuts down, it must be noted that you do not always receive a yellow flashing light before shut down; you can receive a red light as well. If your PS3 console suffers this fault you will not be able to recover the data from the hard drive unless a BGA infra red repair is carried out. (Sony will not recover any data for you from your console).

All data on the hard drive of the Sony Playstation 3 console is encrypted and can only be recovered by repairing the fault on the console, and then using the backup utility in the system settings to transfer the data by USB.


The Sony Corporation released a statement about this fault, after the BBC reported the YLOD fault on their Watchdog program, In Sony’s statement they say, “A reflow of the mother board on the Playstation 3 console can only be done correctly with the BGA infra system”

Penarth Computers use the latest BGA infra red re-work station, to re flow the PS3 mother board. The repair can take two hours to complete.

Penarth Computers recommend that you stay away from amateur methods of repair found on internet, these can only cause more damage to your Sony PS3 console.

Infra red re flow is the only method recommended to repair this fault. We charge £50.00 for a total of 2 hours labour for this service, and can return your Playstation 3 to you within a period of 48 hours.

IT Support – So much choice…

It’s a fact that there are over 216 IT Support contractors in the South Wales Area, and with so much to choose from how can you ensure you are making the right decision?

Penarth Computers are a growing company offering computer services to clients throughout the local area. The company, which is based in Penarth, began trading in september 2009 and has many years experience in the computing and internet profession. Reliable and trustworthy local PC repair (no fix no fee) offering a professional, trustworthy service for both home users and small business. Areas serviced: Penarth and Vale of Glamorgan.

The firm offers comprehensive computer repair and maintenence to local people and businesses, which is intended to meet current regulations for everyone. With a fully insured office, the business also has capable staff enabling clients to save time and money.

The company is managed by Daniel Ford who has been involved in the computing and internet business for many years. Daniel Ford is more than able to oversee the company, having previously worked for Fulldetails LTD.

With a fully fitted workshop and fully qualified staff, the company provides a professional computer repair service to businesses. The service is intended to be cost effective, enabling clients to get their computer and network systems back to health.

New Website Launch

June 2011

June 2011 sees the launch of our new website. Designed by our sister company Neon Design our new website is much simpler to navigate and also links our Facebook & Twitter accounts as-well as our blog to allow for better a access of information to our customers.

Our new website contains many new features, improved usability and navigation as well asfull compliance with the latest Disability Discrimination Act laws and W3C Web Standard.