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Ps3 has a yellow light intermittent red flashing light

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    when i turn the ps3 on the ps3 light flashes yellow and green then red 3 times then it turns off.... 

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Or you can send it in to a service, joegoods.com I know fixes this

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S1byrne hey man sorry you have this problem I had the same exact issue. I actually fixed it myself. It is a problem with the mother board not the hard drive. The problem was fixed by reflowing the motherboard with a heat gun at 350 degrees C. listen by no means is the process easy but it worked and it took 9 hrs but eighty percent of units that have the yellow light get fixed by reflowing the motherboard.

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  • Gamer guy213 Apr 29, 2009

    If you want to know how to do it yourself message me and i can send you a link to the video on youtube but it dose involve taking the entire unit apart and it is kind of complicated on the inside if you dont want to chance it send it to ps3 for $150 or find a local place to repair it.

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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
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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).

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PS3 red indicator light flashes with yellow means hardware errors and need some maintenance. Do you know, send back to game shop is too expensive and waste your time. Learn the correct repair skills and fix it by yourself is the ultimate method. Here is the repair guide for you to learn :
DIY PS3 Repair Guide
Not only such yellow light flashing problem, you can repair other red and yellow light related issues as well.After you purchased the product, you will be guided to the step-by-step videos and ebooks for you to work with.

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If it flashes yellow to you have the Yellow light of death. google it. otherwise its just overheated

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yellow light of death, ring playstation

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moveyouass the same things happened to me and i dont know what to do. it just happened today. let me know if you figure out how to fix this

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Well when I turn on my ps3 the green light turns into a yellow light some people call this the yellow light of death after it goes yellow it turns into a flashing red light I try to repaet it but it keeps...


well yes obviously the flashing red light means that if u do not turn off ur PS3 it will die. but depending on how long u have had ur PS3, it may be becuase the life span is almost over.
if u have not had for a couple years it is most likely a manufacturing error
u should send it in to sony before the warranty is up and have them take a look at it

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