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PS3 wont work

I was playing a video game and all of a sudden it shut off, i tried 2 turn it back on and the green light went to yellow then flashing red. what does this mean? please help me!

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  • leenanralphy Nov 21, 2008

    my ps3 was in the middle of a game then switched itself off now when i try to switch it back on it goes green then flashes yellow then back to red??????

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    same thing, but mine's been doing it for days!

  • lubbeps Nov 23, 2008

    Jip I still have the same problem!! I was playing for about 2 hours and then browsed through my music files when my sistem just shut off. When pressing the power button it goes green, then yellow and the switches off and the red light keeps flashing. I kleened all the air vents and left it over night to cool down, but that was about 4 days ago and I've tried a few times now but still have the same result! Was it maybe the power supply or the motherboard that overheated?



  • Walkerboy Nov 23, 2008

    I have the exact same problem myself, at first i could play for a while before it shut off, now when i turn it on the light goes green for about 2 seconds then yellow, then red, and when it goes red its flashes until i touch the power button again. When iv'e touched the power button it goes solid red, then i touch it again and it goes green, and repeats the process i just explained. Help pleasee!

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How long were you playing it? if you were playing for a couple of hours, then it could of just overheated, in which case the ps3 will shut itself off suddenly to keep from damaging something. It should work after about half an hour, adequate time for it to cool down, if not, then you might of damaged something.

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