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Ps3 yellow light then red flashing light

Hi ive got a problem with my ps3 i turn it on then it shuts down seconds later (ylod) there is also a clicking noise jst before it shuts down.. is this a power supply problem? need help

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  • hmmfu May 11, 2009

    I have had my playstation 3 for almost a year and a half. Out of Warranty. It has worked great until just last week. Now when I turn it on, It turns on for a second, seems like it is trying to boot up, then the Yellow Light flashes red and it shuts down with two beeps.



    Is this a power problem or a crashed HDD?

  • freddysnake1 May 12, 2009

    the fan turns on it ejects the disk and shuts itself down

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem.

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Its a overheated hd.

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Mine also did the same thing and i fixed mine when i bought a new power supply.

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Fully backwards compatible ps3 shuts down with 3 beeps and flashing red light when trying to play ps1 games


Hmmmnnn, consider the reason they pulled the rev compatible system off the market. It is possible to be getting the symptoms of YLOD without it actually happening with some games. The older games spun faster(sometimes) and made the system work harder. It could be heating up and shutting down right at the point of failure. I've seen 2 different revers compatible systems YLOD the same way. Good luck.

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Light: red click light :green 1 sec later shut down light:red no flashing light


YELLOW LIGHT OF DEATH (YLOD) You need to strip your machine down to the motherboard and reflux and reflow the board.

Feb 11, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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After pressing the on button it turns green for 5 seconds then it flashes yellow/orange for a second then it flashes red.


Yellow Light of DeathThe "Yellow Light of Death" or YLOD is the common phrase people use to describe the following sequence when they try to turn on their PS3:

  • Press Power Button
  • Red Light Flashes Three Times
  • Yellow Light Flashes
  • Green Light Flashes
  • Beeps Three Times
  • Red Light Flashes

The sequence above may vary a bit but you do see the flashing yellow light (sometimes shows up as orange) that normally you would not see when operating your PS3. The YLOD is a general hardware fault that can mean a lot of things. However, one of the problems is cracked solder that leads the PS3 to think one of its internal chips is not connected or is broken somehow. Cracked solder can happen when the chips get too hot (RSX most likely) and leads the motherboard to start bending, which may crack the solder. Changing the power supply (lower the average wattage going to the chips to lower the heat) and better thermal compound (heat dissipates faster to the heatsink) may prevent this error from occurring. However, if your PS3 has already had the YLOD, then you can reflow your motherboard every few months to keep it working (but it is not a permanent fix as the YLOD usually comes back).

Oct 09, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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you got a YLOD yellow light of death when you get a yellow light briefly and then the red lights start blinking, you need to reflux the solder on the processors and apply heat to them, here is a link on how to do the repair, if you are not good at doing these kind of work, I would suggest taking it to a pro.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIm0Qk0CVTE&feature=related

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

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PS3 console shutting down by itself


what you got is what is know as yellow lite of death --YLOD

this is the site i got the info from...
http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-General/Unofficial-Yellow-Light-of-Death-YLOD-Informative-Still-Thread-R/m-p/40726489

and you are not the only one to experience this. more and more ps3 owners are getting hit with this problem. your best bet will be to send it off to sony if its under warrenty for they'll fix it for free. but be cautious of this for they may even replace your system and you may not get your original system back. if its not under warrenty you'll get hit with an $150 charge.
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The YLOD is a major hardware failure for the PlayStation 3. The specific cause is somewhat known, but Sony has not commented about this failure whatsoever. Some theories for the cause include: overheating (accelerated by dust build-up), blu-ray drive failure, bad power supply, and/or a hard drive critical error. **UPDATE** According to an eBay store that repairs YLOD PS3's, the hardware failure is caused by either/or of two things:



1. Hardware malfunction on the motherboard due to heating/cooling (solder physically cracking/breaking) which can be fixed by "reflowing", which is a fancy way of using a machine that has a super controlled (+ or - .5 degrees) hot air nozzle to re-melt the solder on the base of the defective chip to re-attach it.

2. The power supply has the failure in one of its capacitors or diodes. This can also be fixed by "reflowing" but it is harder to diagnose due to the need to chase down which one it is. **According to this eBay store, this scenario is a much more difficult way to repair PS3's with the YLOD. They state they can only repair 8 out of 10 PS3's with the YLOD**

You know you have received the YLOD when the following occurs (Can also be seen here):

* You power on the console.
* The console starts up normally for about 2-3 seconds,
* The console beeps 3 times while flashing a faint yellow light,
* The console continues to flash a red light.

May 06, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I went to turn on my ps3 the power light turned green then yellow, and then just flashes red? it never starts up?


send it back to sony.... its called the YLOD.(yellow light of death) same as the RROD (red ring of death) for the xbox 360. if its not under warranty then you could open it up and fix it yourself. look here.

http://playstationlifestyle.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2376

it does work.. ive used the same method on a number of PS3. just follow the guide carefully

Jan 05, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 wont fully turn on/ flashes for a second, then goes right back to red. essentially shutting down. it wont eject disk either.


this is known as the yellow light of death or ylod..sony charges $150 to fix...if you have any knowledge of electronics...you can find a fix on youtube...just google ylod solutions or yellow light of death solutions..sorry..i had the same problem twice..luckily i paid 75$ for the lifetime warranty at toys r us........

Nov 07, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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It wont turn on. it starts up for 2 seconds and then goes down and flashes yellow light and red light


yellow light has to do with hardware failure... unfortunately you will have to contact sony..

Aug 30, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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PS3 shut down during mid-game/now it will not eject the game disk


not a solution but a possible answer it is possibly the ylod (yellow light of death) it seems a few people are getting this and my ps3 has broke aswell even sony dont know what is wrong with it. but your problem sounds like the ylod

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