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Sony PS3, New power supply issue

You seem like the one that might be able to help me out. I too repair consoles of all types along with hardware and software mods. However this one has got me. This is my personal PS3, like many others I turned it on, started up Bad Company and then it popped and shut off. After checking power to the outlet, to the power cable and it wouldn't turn back on, common sense told me that it was the power supply. I had dealt with power supplies pleantly with the orginal xbox. So I bought a used one for it off of ebay. Installed it and now I get a red light, as soon as I touch the power button I get a green light then a second later the whole thing shuts down without lights. I turn off the main switch wait a minute and it'll do the same thing all over again (red light, green light, nothing).
I have read many post of this happing as well. So now I'm left wondering if this power supply has a fault too. I see that these switching power supplies have many different types of faults. I haven't ruled out the rest of the hardware, but without knowing wether or not I have a good power supply in hand I don't want to look away from it yet. If I do get my hands on a good PSU, I will take some readings to build a tester for them. Any insight you might be able to give will be greatly appreciated.

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There are two different things that i could think of that could be causing this problem. One being the main switch itself. try replacing that. and two the ps3 like almost everything does uses a disk based hdd and if it is dead or shorting out it will instantly turn off so you might want to check that.

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