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PS3 power light flashes red.

Every time i try to turn on the PS3 the power light goes from green to yellow to flashing red.

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    every time i try to turn on the PS3 the power light goes from green to yellow to flashing red.

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It's the YLOD. You can try these suggestions here:

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=ps3&thread.id=3290911

if none of them work it's likely the GPU unit on the motherboard.

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