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Red light comes on but the shuts off?

Hi, i know there are afew problems with the power lights going from red to green then yellow then flashing red, unfortunatly mine doesn't do this. If you plug it in the red standby light comes on, but as soon as you press the power on it clicks and all lights go off as if the power unit has tripped out? After this it will take 5 mins of leaving it off before the standby light will come back on. I have tryed a good power unit and the same happens, no visable signs of faults on the boards, heat sink seems ok. Do they have a temprature sensor somewhere that could be faulty?

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  • kirkyboo143 Oct 12, 2008

    mine will cut on and then cut off with the red light flashing and i cut it off and it does the same thing over and over when it does come on for a minut it will frezze up

  • slickbb4 Oct 12, 2008

    Yeh i was hopeing that would work but unfortunatly as soon as the on button is touched the power trips out so it wont even let you hold it on until the second beep, it's looking like the prossesor on the motherboard has burnt out or the temprature sensor in it has failed, thanks for the reply.

  • chevyxtreme0 Nov 26, 2008

    its the same problem will not start up

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    playin ps3 for about 30mins then it just cut out .red light was flashin pushed main button and it stopped so went to turn back on and yellow light came on the back to flashin red one .any ideas. and if i have to send back to sony how much will it cost or should they fix it for free

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    playin ps3 for about 30mins when it cut out on me and red light was flashin pushed main button and it went to standby,pushed again to start it and yellow light came on then went to flashin red again.any ideas.and will i have to pay for it or will sony or place i brought it from have to .thanx for the help peeps


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Mine did that and it really pised me of, sony told me to turn the power switch onthe back of the console on, when the stand by light comes on to push and hold the on button for at least 3 seconds until you hear a second set of beeps. This however didn`t work so I sent it back to Sony Australia and got it fixed up no worries.

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