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Blinking Red Light on Console

My PS3 console is inoperable and displays a blinking red light. There is a PS3 game disk in the unit which will not eject.

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  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    It seems as though the YLOD is the default error light. This can mean practically anything is wrong, from a fan malfunction to the GPU being melted. Best bet is to pay the 150USD and get a refurb. Hopefully they will be able to send a comprable PS3. I would hate to loose backwards compatibility.

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    Playing GTA. PS3 turns itself off and a blinking red light appears. Can't turn it back on or get the disc out.

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    I had the same problem today. Playing a game PS3 shuts itself off, and red light blinks. Turned it off tried to turn it back on and nothing. Gave it about 15 minutes turned it back on and could at least get my game out. Turned it off and walked away. Hoping it just overheated. Dont know though

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You need to get it fixed.. u just got the YLoD (yellow light of death)
it happens when ur system overheats. let the system rest for a couple hours. then if nothing else happens. you may have to send it into sony.

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Hi my playstation 3 has just stopped working can you help it has turned off and the red light is just flashing and it wont let me get the game out what can it be


Dont worry you can fix this easily with the help of ps3 repair guide ....... you can download it and solve your problem its a big process but if you do correctly according to the guide then you can fix this....... All the best
Click Here to downlaod ps3 repair guide.

Mar 20, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 red light keeps blinking


Step 1: Check Your Console
One of the biggest causes of the blinking red light problem is placing the console with the fan vents sitting against the floor or up against a wall where air cannot flow freely in and out of the console.
So, start by checking your console and making sure those fans are not blocked off. If you notice a lot of dust on the console, clean it off right away. Once you fix the blinking red light of your ps3 and your console is working again, you will want to keep the vents clean and unobstructed.
Step 2: Test the Hard Drive
Now, find the hard drive on the side of your console and remove it. Wait a few seconds and replace it. In some cases this may fix PS3 red light. If you still see the blinking red light, there is a chance you have more substantial damage inside your unit. It could possibly be a problem with overheating which causes problems with the motherboard, especially if you had your console on the floor or up against a wall.
Step 3: Unplug
The last in-home remedy to fix PS3 red light blinking is to unplug the console from the wall for about half an hour and then plug it back in. This doesn't always work, but some people have had success with problems other than overheating. If it doesn't work, then you have more substantial damage to your console motherboard.
Yet, that doesn't mean the console is useless! Continue on to find a permanent solution to the problem.

If all this doesn't work go through this mannual to have step by step instructions for solving this problem http://www.gamingupholds.com/ps3-repair-guide.aspx

Feb 14, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My PS3 is blinking red and my disk wont come out, i touch it and it goes to green then back to red, i dont know what to do....please HELP!


if its a blinking red light that means it over heated let it sit for a few hours and it should be ok but if you get a green light to quick yellow to blinking red then you have the ylod so check it again and if its the ylod let me know so i can tell you how to fix it yourself without having to send it to sony

Feb 12, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My playstation 3 wont turn on. The console beeps like normal, then the light quickly turns from red to yellow then immediately back to a blinking red. What does this mean?


If ur ps3 console wont start up....then the things to check are>>> 1.check ur power cable 2.check whether u have inserted the disc properly and precisely. 3.check the insertion of memory card... 4.check the video port.......

check your console and making sure those fans are not blocked off. If you notice a lot of dust on the console, clean it off right away. Once you fix the blinking red light of your ps3 and your console is working again, you will want to keep the vents clean and unobstructed.find the hard drive on the side of your console and remove it. Wait a few seconds and replace it. In some cases this may fix PS3 red light. If you still see the blinking red light, there is a chance you have more substantial damage inside your unit.Then unplug the console from the wall for about half an hour and then plug it back in. This doesn't always work, but some people have had success with problems other than overheating.

click here to download ps3 repair guide

Dec 26, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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How can I fix my PS3 for free? It won't power on completely and the red light just blinks


If ur ps3 console wont start up....then the things to check are>>> 1.check ur power cable 2.check whether u have inserted the disc properly and precisely. 3.check the insertion of memory card... 4.check the video port.......
checking your console and making sure those fans are not blocked off. If you notice a lot of dust on the console, clean it off right away. Once you fix the blinking red light of your ps3 and your console is working again, you will want to keep the vents clean......

find the hard drive on the side of your console and remove it. Wait a few seconds and replace it. In some cases this may fix PS3 red light. If you still see the blinking red light, there is a chance you have more substantial damage inside your unit.

click here to download repair guide

Dec 21, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My PS3 switched itself off mid game, it now will not stay on and the red light blinks.


The blinking red light is also known as the Red Light of Death (RLOD) similiar to the xbox 360s Red Ring of Dead (RROD)



Step 1: Check Your Console
One of the biggest causes of the blinking red light problem is placing the console with the fan vents sitting against the floor or up against a wall where air cannot flow freely in and out of the console.
So, start by checking your console and making sure those fans are not blocked off. If you notice a lot of dust on the console, clean it off right away. Once you fix the blinking red light of your ps3 and your console is working again, you will want to keep the vents clean and unobstructed.


Step 2: Test the Hard Drive
Now, find the hard drive on the side of your console and remove it. Wait a few seconds and replace it. In some cases this may fix PS3 red light. If you still see the blinking red light, there is a chance you have more substantial damage inside your unit. It could possibly be a problem with overheating which causes problems with the motherboard, especially if you had your console on the floor or up against a wall.


Step 3: Unplug
The last in-home remedy to fix PS3 red light blinking is to unplug the console from the wall for about half an hour and then plug it back in. This doesn't always work, but some people have had success with problems other than overheating. If it doesn't work, then you have more substantial damage to your console motherboard.
Yet, that doesn't mean the console is useless! Continue on to find a permanent solution to the problem.


Step 4: Check Your Warranty
The next step you can do to fix red light of death is to see if you still have a valid warranty for your gaming console. If you do, then you can contact Sony and mail it in for a fix. Note that this will take at least 6 weeks before you can expect your ps3 back and chances are high you will receive a refurbished unit rather than the one you originally sent in. Also note that Sony will delete the memory from your unit so you will lose everything saved in the console.
If you don't have a valid warranty or you don't want to lose everything saved inside the console, bypass Sony altogether. Without a warranty they charge $150-300 or more and often the unit you receive back will have the same red light of death blinking problem in a short period of time.

Dec 17, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Blinking red light, will not operate, will not eject disc


its called the red light of death in order to eject the disk you have to 1.power off the console
2.Press the eject button and the power button while turning the switich back on on the back of the ps3
3.wait a few seconds and the disk should come right out

hope that this is useful!

Jul 14, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Console wont turn on has blinking red light wont stayed powered on and can't get game out


Hello,
I'm sorry to say this but the blinking red light is = the light of Doom. Your PS3 is dead. This is somewhat like the XBOX Red ring of death.Yellow lights and blinking red lights indicates general hardware failure on ps3. If your ps3 is still under warranty call Sony and they will send you a new or refurbshed one. Your ps3 is one in a billion (according to Sony).
North America: 1-800-345-SONY (7669) United Kingdom: 08705 998877
Now you could try doing a few things (hey it's worth a try!)
1. Turn off the switch in the back and wait a few minutes. Turn it back on and try it again. If that doesn't work it may be dead.
2. You could try this article, if you choose to, it's a long shot but might work for you in your case. http://ps3.qj.net/Possible-PS3-flashing-red-light-fix-from-MXACE/pg/49/aid/75721

Nov 21, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Red light blinking, when on Standby


If you have a warrenty take it back. but thats the sound itmakes when you try to eject the disk and nothing is in there.

Aug 23, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 dosnt want to turn on goes to red blinking light


your ps3 is dead ring sony play dumb when they ask how long youve had it say under a year they prob send u a reconned unit for nothing 4-5 working days

Jan 06, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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