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Won't work ps3 turns on then straight off again

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  • n_kent Jul 22, 2009

    turn it on green goes yellow then red and then flashes red

  • n_kent Jul 22, 2009

    thats what happens

  • ryanrfcok May 11, 2010

    what coulor is the LED's on your PS3 ?

  • pjwynn May 11, 2010

    Do you get any other light come on Does it go from green to amber to red Or Does it go from green to red Cheers

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Sadly it the YLOD its the ps3 over heating it a similar problem to the xbox 360 with the 3 red lights

Its normally down to the CPU or GPU over heating

If you have a warranty then that's the way to go if its out of warranty then you can either call sony around £99.00 plus vat they will tend to send you a referb, worth calling them first as some times they will honor the warranty even if it out by a few months

Or you can send it to a local repair normally about £65.00 - £75.00 normally comes with a 4 - 6 month warrenty they will tend to recommend an extra fan installed as well as the fix

You can try the fix your self there is some information on you tube just look up PS3 YLOD but beware if you have no knowledge you can make it worse

Hope this is of some help

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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