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Ps3 slim overheating - unit was running for about 5hours playing a ps3 game then the power indicator blinked red and then shut down. I'm unsure why it did this because i don't have my console in a cabinet or on any soft surfaces. I read discussions about overheatinig saying about the way you insert the power cord but i don't understand why this would make a difference cooling the system down because to my understanding it doesn't matter which way you insert the power cable. Can you please help me? thanks, Conor

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This can be caused by dust buildup in the console, causing the unit to overheat. Once the unit overheats this causes the unit to melt solder on the board making a bridged connection. This makes the board short out giving you the error you have now. I would contact sony to see if your unit is still under warranty. If your unit is not under warranty, go to www.wiredextreme.com. We are a console repair company based in Texas, and can fix your console. We give a free diagnosis of what is wrong with your unit, and call with an estimate of repairs before any work is done on the unit. All work is covered by a 30 day warranty, and you can buy up to 4 years worth of warranty.

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Contact your nearest Sony repair shop of, contact Sony manufacture for this repair.

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