PlayStation 4 WLOD Repair Guide

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When the PlayStation 4 enters a white light stage, the console is usually turned on and booting or booted to the dashboard (or safe mode). when this happens, you should see something on the screen. If no, you have a WLOD (white light of death). The WLOD is typically an issue with the HDMI circuit. Something on the HDMI circuit is either usually damaged or has failed. This guide should point as a one stop guide for full PS4 WLOD repairs.

First of all, there are different types of WLOD. When you have no display, the display may work in safe mode. In this case, the HDMI encoder IC is typically at fault. The HDMI encoder is responsible for taking the audio and video signals from the APU and sending them out to the HDMI port, passing through several components along the way. These components include EMI filters (coils), diodes, resistors and capacitors.

Diagnosis[edit | edit source]

The first step will be to check if the console works in safe mode. This is also known as low resolution mode. Press and hold the power button until you hear a second beep. If the console loads into safe mode, you most likely have a HDMI encoder or hard drive problem. Remove the hard drive from the machine and check if the hard drive is good using CrystalDiskInfo or GSmartControl on a computer. If it reads warning or bad, replace it and try to reinstall the system software. You can obtain the latest software from Sony, or older firmware versions from Dark Software

Note: This tutorial is a work in progress by TheCod3r. Please do not delete