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PS3 not powering up but has blinking red light.

When trying to power up the PS3 the solid green light comes on, then solid yellow, and then the blinking red light comes on. and thats all it does. Also no video, sound, or anything else is present.

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  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    omfg are u serious ima be pissed if i lose all my online data

  • ashley Dec 16, 2008

    the red light just keeps blinking when i turn it on it goes to green then yellow then red

  • freider88 Jan 16, 2009

    my ps3 turns on for 3 sec and then shots off with a red blinking light



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Tell Sony !! I did now im gettin a new 80 gig (lost all my online data tho!)
but hey im gettin a new unit plus there sending me cod 5 cos thats stuck in the ps3
sont no about this fault an its not fixable (smoked mother board!!!)
hope this helps..
mine was outa warranty.(60 gig)

Posted on Nov 18, 2008


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The following pictures illustrate the CECHX0X model, however the light sequence is applicable to all PlayStation 3 models.

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· Try using another power cord, if available
· Make sure the main power switch on the back of the PS3 system is turned on
· If you continue to have issues contact our Technical support.

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If the ps3 system will not turn on when you press the power button, this is an issue with the PS3 system and you will need to send your system in for service.

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When the power status light is solid green, this means that the PS3 is turned on.
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When the power status light flashes red after using the PS3 system for 3 or more minutes and shuts off, the PS3 system has possibly overheated.

This may be caused by poor ventilation or the vents may be blocked.
If this happens:
· Check to see if the vents are blocked. If the vents are dusty, vacuum the vents to remove the dust.
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· Leave the ps3 system off for 30 minutes to let it cool down.
· If you continue to have issue, you may need to send the console in for service.

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When the power status light flashed green, it means that the PS3 system is turning off. Please wait while the system turns off.

If the PS3 system does not shut down immediately, it may be trying to finish save data to the Hard Drive. If it is, do not turn the main power switch on the back off as it may cause data on your hard drive to be corrupted.

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