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Red light flashing on ps3.not over heated as only switched on for 2 minytes if that

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  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    if you take the HDD out and power in on should the blinking light stop?

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OK - the problem could be with the hard drive connection - I have had the same problem after having moved the PS3 from one place to another. Apparently the same falshing red light fault indication is caused by either a poor hard drive connection or damaged hard drive.

Disconnect the powewr, remove the hard drive cover on the left hand side of the PS3, remove the blue screw (philips head), lift the metal latch and move to the right, the hard drive will disconnet and can be withdrawn from the unit.
Put it back in (carefully!) and slide it to the left, there is enough space on the left side of the drive to either slip in a finger or screw driver and ensure it is fully home.

Lower the metal clip back into place, replace the blue screw and cover and it should now boot up when powered on - if it doesn't, try the same procedure a couple of times - if this still doesn't clear the problem, it could be a faulty drive.

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My playstation won't switch on. The red light light flashes and whenever i try to switch it on it goes back to the red flashing light.


hey there alison

If you have the red blinking light then you have the RED light of death AKA the RLOD.

The light is a warning sign to let you know something is wrong. I can give you the quick explanation, There are 2 chips on the motherboard inside the PS3, the GPU (graphics) and the CPU (brain), when playing the ps3 the solder heats up and when you finish playing it cools down, over time this will cause the soldering to crack and the chips to lose connection with the motherboard and you get the RLOD.

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE

Option 1 - Call Sony

In warranty the Price is Free, out of warranty the Price is $150, the whole process is 4-6 weeks

You can call Sony and they will collect the PS3, repair/replace, and deliver the PS3 back to you

Option 2 - Fix it your Self

You can use a PS3 fix manual to get this fixed easily and at home using household tools you probably already own.

Click Here For The PS3 Manual which has helped so many people like you.

Good luck

Best regards

Peter

Aug 29, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i switch it on it goes green for a second, briefly flashes yellow and then flashes red until i press it again and it goes solid red


Hello there schofield

If you have the brief flashing yellow light, then its followed by a red blinking light then you have the yellow light of death AKA the YLOD.

The lights are a warning sign to let you know something is wrong. I can give you the quick explanation, There are 2 chips on the motherboard inside the PS3, the GPU (graphics) and the CPU (brain), when playing the ps3 the solder heats up and when you finish playing it cools down, over time this will cause the soldering to crack and the chips to lose connection with the motherboard and you get the YLOD.

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE

Option 1 - Call Sony

In warranty the Price is Free, out of warranty the Price is $150, the whole process is 4-6 weeks

You can call Sony and they will collect the PS3, repair/replace, and deliver the PS3 back to you

Option 2 - Fix it your Self

You can use a PS3 fix manual to get this fixed easily and at home using household tools you probably already own.

Click here to know more on PS3 Fix Manuals which has helped so many people like you.

Good luck

Best regards

Peter

Jul 31, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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PS3 switched off during use, Red light flashing at front,can't get game out.Tried switching on while holding disc removal button,that did not work,left unit overnight to cool down,tried it again and it...


Sounds like a heat problem. You can either send it to sony and get it fixed for about $50. Or check out this youtube video below which has help many people through this problem.

Hope this helps, Nathan Taylor

Jul 18, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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MY PS3 IS NOT SWITCHING ON


Hi,

Are you seeing any flashing red/yellow lights?

If so this is the red light error and you will find that is why the system will not turn on.

Why Does It Happen?

The GPU and the CPU are the 2 main chips in the system and they deal with all of the number crunching however they can get very hot and if they lose connection the system will either freeze up or turn off and give you the red flashing light.

How To Fix?

The key is stopping the heat build up and you can either send it in and they will fix it for you.

Bear in mind that for the PS3 red flashing light error you will be waiting for about 4 weeks and it will also cost you $150 for the repair bill!

Other Ways To Fix?

You can also use a good PS3 Repair Guide to fix it and this will show you how to stop the heat build up with a few household items.

Just make sure that you get a good guide there are some good ones out there!

Click Here For A Complete Review Of All Available PS3 Repair Guides.

Hope this helps and any questions let me know?

Mar 23, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Yold ps3


Yes this is the YLOD the (Yellow light of death) it happens when the GPU and the CPU overheat and you will need to fix this by stopping the heat build up, you can sned it in and they will fix it for you for $130.

Or you can fix it yourself using a good PS3 Repair guide in under an hour!

Jan 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Red light flashing/won't turn on


you are right about replacing the thermal compound between the cpu/gpu and heat sync. the gpu and cpu may need to be refolowed also. another tip is dont over tighten the screws. Tip: keep your ps3 flat do not keep it standing. when it is standing and heats up the thermal compound can start to move away from the heat sync. Keeping it flat will help extend the life PS3 at least from the overheating issue.

May 14, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Flashing red light


It sounds like its over heating. Might need a new fan.

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Apr 15, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Brand new PS3 has red flashing light


if its a flashing red light it needs looking at,maybe the fan or the heat sync is faulty.If it is new take it back to where you got it from and get a replacement,DONT OPEN IT.good luck.

Apr 09, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Red flashing light


Red flashing light is an over heating issue. Try unplugging and leaving for a while if not take a look at this. http://ps3.qj.net/Possible-PS3-flashing-red-light-fix-from-MXACE/pg/49/aid/75721
i would personally call sony though

Mar 23, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 problem, ps3 doesnt turn on (stays in red light flashing)


Sounds like a heat sync problem. you will more that likely need to re-seat the GPU and CPU as well. email dwdpcrepair@gmail.com for more assistance

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