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Solid red light, flashes green when i turn it on then it dies.

Ok after i turn on my pse from the switch in the back i get a solid red light, this is normal but when i push the power button it flashes green then it turns off completely . AFter i have to turn off the switch in the back then back on just to get the solid red light again i turn it on again same thing happens.

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Pretty much the only thing worth trying is starting the PS3 without the hard drive.

If it doesn't work it's more than likely a GPU problem that only Sony can fix.

Either way check out my guide here for tips and details.

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