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PS3 turns on but suddenly stops running

When I turn it on it beeps, starts up(sounds like a fan turns on) and the next second it sounds as if it stops running(fan turns off?). The green light stays on the entire time.

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  • hnoorman Apr 23, 2009

    Same with me, I start it up it gives 3 blieps and the on/off light blinks red, it sounds it want to start but than stops...

  • raj999_singh Apr 23, 2009

    it just happend to mine aswell...



    it switches on, and its like its about to start up, but its bleeps three times, and the redlight flashes??

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    Its doing the same thing there must be a problem with all of them

  • Eyokid Apr 23, 2009

    My name is myles and i have the same problem. my ps3 turns on and i have the green light.Then the light flashes white for a sec then turns red and i hear beeps the it shuts down. could this be the ps3 version of "the red ring of death" that the Xbox 360 has??

  • kiddclan Apr 23, 2009

    same prob been in touch with sony £145 to fix google ylod and see what comes up . up untill 3 months ago they were fixing them free of charge .

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2009

    when trying to start my ps3 green light for a second then yellow flash then to red and just blinks red after that...wtf?

  • hnoorman May 11, 2010

    The HD light comes on yellow then turns off... (only a few seconds)
    I understand now I have the YLOD, very bad I paid 600 euro for a 60 Gb system but got an 40Gb because they ran out (had to wait more than 3 months!) just over a year later it breaks and I have to pay to fix it... this is really bad service!


  • svg706er May 11, 2010

    Is the Hard Drive Light coming on at all? Is it staying solid or is it flashing?

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Hi guys my name is Juan and I have some answer for you guys yes this red light is similar to the xbox360 with the red ring of dead but I have some good news for you there is a fix for this what happen is that the gpu gets very hot and melts some of the connections under the cpu and the gpu so the only way to get then back and running is to reflow the system it is not easy it has to be controlled by computer and an special system not all are fixiable but 90% of then are and the price for this is $80 dls and you pay for shipping and a prepay shipping label to return it if is not fixiable then there is no charge

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