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This is known as the Yellow Light of Death (YLOD). This indicates a general hardware failure normally due to overheating. When these PS3's were produced Sony decided to use lead free solder. The problem with lead free solder is that it is not as flexible as leaded solder but it is cheaper and more environmentally friendly. When the console gets hot and cools down hairline cracks appear within these solder joints and a good electrical contact cannot be made. This then causes the console to fail. It could be on a number of different components including the CPU, GPU or memory. There is a temporary cure that may or may not work but ultimately the console will need to be repaired professionally or replaced. If it is out of warranty Sony will not replace it but will offer a refurbished unit for around £130. If you look on Youtube for Yellow light of death fix there is a way that you can re-heat the solder joints using a heat gun but if you are not confident taking apart electrical items then this really may not be something you want to try.

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When I turn the PS3 on the green light goes on and then in a few seconds it turns to like yellow for like second and the flashes in red...


If the yellow light comes on when you turn on your ps3 then you have yellow light of death. This is bad because it means your ps3 has over heated and the chips have lost connection with the board. So to be able to play it (3 options) you would have to get a new one (what i did), fix your ps3(VERY HARD) You have to have lots of tools but you can do this if you search around for a guide cause i do not know how to and its very hard (im sorry) or (Easy but COSTLY) sending it to sony for 150$ repair. Sony's repair is garented because i know for a fact that they have a big exspensive machine that does it for them but you will get a new hard drive which means lets start all over. Im sorry for your loss

Good Luck and Happy Gaming-Koscoe

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You have got the YLOD (yellow light of death). The yellow means that there is an internal problem with your ps3 and the red mean overheating. My guess is that you have the older ps3 because those ps3 models have a designer flaw in the coooling system and if so your ps3 is most likely out of warranty which means you will need to send your ps3 to sony for $150(unless you can find someone to do it cheaper which is what I did).

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Your ps3 has overheated. This is the equivilent to the red ring of death for xbox 360. The ps3 problem is called "yellow light of death" this means your ps3 has died due to the console being overheated. The solution to this problem is either getting a new playstation or take it to a shop in the UK and they could help you fix it for a price around £30-£50 GBP.

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Jun 29, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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AHH


THIS CAN BE SOLVED IF YOUR PS3 IS OUT OF WARRANTY
The yellow flashing dot of death does normally mean that your PS3 is Dead but there is a way to fix it

My PS3 would not start and the indication light just flashed between yellow and red
Your options are: New PS3 £250, PS3 from Sony second hand £150 or £5 fix
1. Undo the screw below the warranty sticker in bottom of PS3
2. Slide the lid of
3. Remove all bolts
4. Remove all main components until the mother board is free from the unit
5. Remove the thermal gel on the back of the 2 main chips to the heat sinks
6. Clean any excess dust by blowing away do not use and dusters or leky equipment
7. Level up the m board and heat over all the board with a heat gun, needs to be really hot to melt the solder but not damage the board or components
8. Allow to cool and turn over repeat the above
9. Buy some thermal gel online and replace the gel removed of the chips using a credit card
10. Once cool after 15 to 20 mins replace all the components and PS3 Lid
11. Run a fan test on your ps3 (turn of at the back hold down the eject disk button and turn back on keeping the eject disc button held down until fan starts)
12. Turn you ps3 on and bam your back on COD or FIFA (add wadhapa)
Hope this is of some help but this is only recommended if your PS3 is out of warranty and you are not sending it back for a Second hand Sony one

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The yellow light means that you must immediately contact Sony support as this generally means death for the PS3. It is a defect most known with the 20GB and 60GB launch models. If your console is under warranty, Sony will replace it free of charge. If it is not, Sony will charge $150 to fix it.

I'm sorry that you have encountered this.

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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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