Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
When i turn my ps3 on the red light goes to green then to yellow then flashes red
Does the light flash red, or does it turn off completely?
If it flashes red, you've got an overheating problem. You either need to send it in to Sony, or a third party repair place.
If it turns off completely, you need a new power supply which you can attempt to repair yourself (they cost $30-$40 online) or again, send it in.
Sony charges about $150 USD plus shipping, third party repair places would most like charge $80-$100
With Sony though you usually don't get your system back, they send you a refurbished one (so all your data will be gone).
Usually these fixes don't last (from Sony either). Best bet is to just get someone backup the hard drive data and get your disc out, then buy a new system.
Posted on Aug 03, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Your PS3's problems are actually being caused by a connection error between the hard drive and motherboard. Without a correctly working hard drive connection your PS3 is unable to function and goes into shutdown mode, with the flashing red light warning.
So in order to fix the blinking red light on your PS3 you will need to repair the connection between the HDD and the motherboard.There is actually a rather simple way that you can do this yourself; while your PS3 console is switched off, locate the hard drive enclosure on the end of your console. Remove the plastic cover plate, then using a screwdriver unscrew the hard drive itself from its socket. Carefully remove it completely, then put it back in again. Tighten the holding screw, then restart your PS3
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