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When i turn the power button on on my ps3. it goes green then flashes yellow then keeps flashing red. i cant get it on.

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  • ardak May 10, 2009

    When i turn the power button on my ps3. It goes green then turns to yellow then it flashes red.

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    When i turn the power button on on my ps3. it goes green then flashes yellow then keeps flashing red.

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You have the YLoD like the RRoD its either overheating or system failure.You need to call sony to get it fixed.Check in the instruction manual for the number.You cannot fix it


If you do get it fixed vaccum it once a week,don't play for more than 6 hours,keep it ventilated,make sure the fan can blow out into the room not into one space,the best place to sit a ps3 is a glass surface

hope this helps

Posted on May 10, 2009

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After pressing the on button it turns green for 5 seconds then it flashes yellow/orange for a second then it flashes red.


Yellow Light of DeathThe "Yellow Light of Death" or YLOD is the common phrase people use to describe the following sequence when they try to turn on their PS3:

  • Press Power Button
  • Red Light Flashes Three Times
  • Yellow Light Flashes
  • Green Light Flashes
  • Beeps Three Times
  • Red Light Flashes

The sequence above may vary a bit but you do see the flashing yellow light (sometimes shows up as orange) that normally you would not see when operating your PS3. The YLOD is a general hardware fault that can mean a lot of things. However, one of the problems is cracked solder that leads the PS3 to think one of its internal chips is not connected or is broken somehow. Cracked solder can happen when the chips get too hot (RSX most likely) and leads the motherboard to start bending, which may crack the solder. Changing the power supply (lower the average wattage going to the chips to lower the heat) and better thermal compound (heat dissipates faster to the heatsink) may prevent this error from occurring. However, if your PS3 has already had the YLOD, then you can reflow your motherboard every few months to keep it working (but it is not a permanent fix as the YLOD usually comes back).

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My playstation has the light trun green yellow flashing red light


With your PS3 turned off, press and hold the Power button on the front of the PS3 for about 10 seconds (the system will beep as normal as it starts up but after 7-10 seconds it will beep again). The video settings should now be reverted. Doing this will also reset any theme settings. try this? seems to fix alot of issues.

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My ps3's power light goes from green to yellow and then to red and then swithchs off? anyone with any ideas wats wrong? many thanks


ps3 . when i turn it on the green light comes on then goes flashes yellow then goes red and will not come on

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

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My ps3 it goes green beeps twice then goes red and flashes on/off


you might be holding the power on button to long. you hold the power on button until it beeps to reset the video output. try turning it on by using your controller. just press the ps3 button and if the red light is on then it should come on.

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

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I cant get my PS3 to work


Is your warranty purchased from Sony itself or from the place of purchase i.e. Walmart extended warranty? Return it to the place of purchase. They should have your PS3 serial number and can look it up. Once they verify you have the extended warranty, they should take care of it.

If you purchased direct from Sony, try this link:

Playstation.com Knowledge Center concerning returns


Contact Official Playstation

Addressing the actual probelm. I am not sure if this would work but turn off the PS3, Once light turns red, touch the power button and keep holding as light turns green then goes back to red. The try restarting the PS3. Thats a video reset. It may work, it may not.

More help concerning power issues on ps3 from Playstation.com

Hope this helps

Aug 03, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I cant start up my console


Your system has overheated. The thermal compound has heated and moved away from the CPU/GPU and the heat sync keep the heat from being dissipated via the heat sync. Eventually you will get the YLOD which is the equivalent of the Xbox 360 RROD. This is due to heat sysnc problems. Your CPU and GPU will more than likely need to be reflowed. I got the YLOD on my PS3 around the first of March 09. I also fixed my PS3 in about an hour. I have had no problems since. You can slow the YLOD but i dont believe it can be stopped. It seems it will eventually happen to all PS3's. One tip do not stand the PS3 on its side keep flat. This will help keep the thermal compound from moving as much when it heats up. Also i run a home based computer repair business in southern California. Feel free to email me at dwdpcrepair@gmail.com.

Jan 18, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Well when I turn on my ps3 the green light turns into a yellow light some people call this the yellow light of death after it goes yellow it turns into a flashing red light I try to repaet it but it keeps...


well yes obviously the flashing red light means that if u do not turn off ur PS3 it will die. but depending on how long u have had ur PS3, it may be becuase the life span is almost over.
if u have not had for a couple years it is most likely a manufacturing error
u should send it in to sony before the warranty is up and have them take a look at it

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