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I try to my console on and it does turns on for a second and then shuts itself off and blinks red. its not hot or anything and idk whats wrong with it. my only controller was dead could that be the problem?

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Blinkin red light usually means hardware failer the only 2 easy tricks to try that wont void your warrenty is
#1 remove the hard drive and boot it up without it and see if it boots and says no hard drive then shut it down and plug the hard drive back in if it works now then was just a drive error if it goes back to blinkin you have a bad drive.

#2 the fan test that also seems to clear any over heating or other blinkin light problems --- turn the ps3i try to my console on and it does  turns on for a - 2.gif off for 40 seconds by the switch on the back then hold down the eject button and flip the power switch back on while still holding the eject button and see if that clears it.

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SOURCE: bar light turns from green to yellow to blinking red

this is similar to the red blinking lights on the seems your cell processor has overheated resulting in a cold solder joint or worse bridged solder involving the BGA array...I have had some sucess in fixing these albeit limited. sony charges 150 plus state tax and sends you a refurbished unit.

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Most of the time this is caused by dust buildup in the console causing it to overheat. Use canned air or an air compressor to blow the dust out of the console. Do not use a vacuum as they can create static that can damage the electronics. Worst case scenario the console will have to be sent back to the manufacturer to have an electronic component replaced.

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