Many of the more serious problems that users are experiencing with the PS3 is thought to be due to a design flaw with the console that makes the PS3 vulnerable to malfunction and failure.
The blinking Yellow Light fault – aptly named the “Yellow Light of Death” or you may also know it by the acronym “YLOD” – is probably the most serious and widespread problem that PS3 owners complain about.
It’s widely believed that the main cause for many problems with the PS3 console, in particularly the Yellow Light of Death, is due to the processor getting so hot during heavy use that the tiny solder points on the GPU liquifies and over time loses its connection with the motherboard.
This is also largely believed to be why YLOD is often reported on PS3 20GB and 60GB models that have older less efficient processors, as they generate more heat.
The red light error is a different problem which frequently occurs due to a major hard drive failure. Depending on how often you use your PS3 and how well you look after it, a hard drive should last on average at least 3 to 5 years.
In order to avoid your ps3 becoming vulnerable to failure; to extend the life of your console and get maximum error-free use from your PS3, you may want to check out our recommended Best PS3 Care guidance notes.