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Ps3 will not turn on

My ps3 wil nt turn on, the red light will flash green for about 2 seconds then it flash yellow then keeps flashing red, when i push the ps button on my pad the 4 lights keeps flashing red,can you help me please.

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  • kevkelly74 Jul 23, 2009

    if i put my hard drive in2 a differce ps3 would it still work and would it have my game save s, etc, on it, thanks kevkelly.

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Your playstation is oficially broken and needs to either be replaced or repaired. Sony will fix this problem for $150.00 through their website(under warranty its free). This problem happened because it overheated and the soder melted to the point where the componets shut down and the unit went into safe mode :( :(

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Search youtube for the yellow light of death ps3. two videos. also other posts on here.

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This is a very common problem with the PS3. It is known as the "Yellow light of Death", comparable to the XBOX's "Red Ring of Death".

In a nutshell, a major component inside your console has failed and needs to be professionally repaired with advanced electronic equipment (most of the online "do-it yourself" methods do not fix the issue, they ONLY buy you some time).

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Hmm sounds wierd... But the 4 lights on the pad is always flashing when you trying to connect. So thats normal. But i have never heard of the console flashing yellow?! Try check if you got all cables set right in and if you bought it from the internet maybe its from another country and don't work.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

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