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My playstation 3 (older 20gb system) has recently started to act up. It shuts off after starting up for only a few seconds. The light in the front turns orange for a split second, then flashes red. I did take it apart and cleaned it, but that did not fix the problem. Any suggestions?

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  • bvfd133 Jan 31, 2010

    That's what I figured. Thank you for replying back so quickly.

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This indicates that you playstation needs to be serviced and repaired with the help of expert engineer or service center experts.

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