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Playstation 3 will not work

When I turn on My Playstation 3 the red light blinks a couple of times then it turns light yellow and I cannot see anything on the screen. My playstation 3 is no longer covered by sony's warranty because it is over a year old. Do you guys know what is going on with my console or where I can get it fixed?

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  • ben99 May 21, 2009

    I turn the ps3 on then after a few seconds the light goes yellow then a second later goes blinking red. it is in a well ventilated room and is not hot

  • me9706 May 21, 2009

    RED LIGHT SPECIAL !!!!!!!! how do i fix it ?

  • jmke288 May 21, 2009

    I now have the yellow light of death on my ps3. It happen when I tried to download the upgrade for my system. If anyone out there who know how to fix the problem without having to go through sony and pay the $150, your help will be most greatful.

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Sounds like your system overheated. the thermal compound needs to be replaced. you may need to have your gpu and cpu reflowed also. i fixed mine when i received the error. dwdpcrepair@gmail.com

Posted on May 20, 2009

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1. Beeps three times
2. Blinks the Red LED light
3. Flashes a quick Yellow LED before turning Red

Your system might have experienced the "Yellow Light of Death". This is usually a sign that the system has overheated. Try turning off and unplugging your system from the power outlet and leaving it for a couple of hours.

If the system still doesn't turn on/boot up after a couple of hours, you should contact Sony (especially if you are still in warranty).

If your system is no longer in warranty and you know how to tinker with electronics AND given that your system is the old "Fat" version, then you could try fixing the system yourself.

Since the YLoD or "Yellow Light of Death" is a general hardware failure, given that if your problem is with some components of your system (such as the GPU's solder/thermal paste getting dry/broken) it can be fixed through a couple of procedures.

Please proceed to this Forum Thread to see the procedures:
http://community.us.playstation.com/thread/484908?start=0&tstart=0
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PS3 red indicator light flashes with yellow means hardware errors and need some maintenance. Do you know, send back to game shop is too expensive and waste your time. Learn the correct repair skills and fix it by yourself is the ultimate method. Here is the repair guide for you to learn :
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Not only such yellow light flashing problem, you can repair other red and yellow light related issues as well.After you purchased the product, you will be guided to the step-by-step videos and ebooks for you to work with.

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do you get a yellow light? i bet you do..

1)Turn off your playstation 3. If you think your ps3 has been caught by the heat, then wait at least 20 minutes and put it back on again
2) Check if there's any loose cable.
3) Try to put out your playstation's hard-drive, and put it back in. You might want to repeat this 2-3 times for better results.

If this did not work
Send your playstation back to Sony

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My playstation 3 wont turn on. the red light on


PS3 owners refer to this as the 'Yellow Light of Death' or 'YLOD'. It's quite common. The problem is caused by poor solder joints (due to overheating) on the motherboard and degrading heat sink compound on the fan.

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sorry to say this to you but if you have heard of xboxs red ring of death, it is the playstation 3 equivalent, the yellow light of death, idf you get hold of playstation they should replace it for you

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If it turns off randomly and blinks red and beeps, then it's an overheating problem.

If it turns off as soon as you turn it on and blinks red and beeps, then it's an overheating problem that is getting close to being a YloD.

If there is a yellow light mixed in with #2, then you have the Yellow Light of Death which kills your console. If this happens, repost on here saying you have the YLoD.


If the problem is #1 or 2, then leave the Ps3 off for a day and move it away from carpet and anything that makes heat. Also make sure it is atleast 4 inches away from EVERYTHING.

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