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My playstation won't turn on, it turns green like it's going to and then yellow and then finally red

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  • dee_raibley Feb 01, 2010

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Yes this is the YLOD the (Yellow light of death) it happens when the GPU and the CPU overheat and you will need to fix this by stopping the heat build up, you can sned it in and they will fix it for you for $130.

Or you can fix it yourself using a good PS3 Repair guide in under an hour!

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This is a common occuring problem what has happend is you have the ylod better known as the yellow light of death. This means the solder on the motherboard has come loose and won't supply the needed power to keep the system running so you need to either send it in for repair which is $110. It's gone for two weeks then back just as good as new

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I'm afraid you have gotten the Yellow Light of Death ( YLOD ) you will need to have your PS3 repaired by a technician or you can Google YLOD and you will find a repair guide.

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When my PS3 is turned on green light comes on then is goes to yellow then red light flashes. What can I do?


When the green light is on then GO, if the yellow is on SLOW DOWN, and if it is red STOP.

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Dec 02, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My PlayStation 3 turned off on its own last week while I was in the middle of playing a game. I went to turn it back on and after the green light came on, it stayed on for about 3-5 seconds before it...


Unfortunately what you are describing 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.

I am sorry I cant give you any better news but unfortunately it is a very common problem with the PS3

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Green, yellow & red light. blinking light. does not turn on.


Sorry to give you the bad news but their is nothing you can do for it... Need to call sony and have them fix it.. if you ps3 is older then a year .. you will pay about $100 .. but i would tell them its not that old and you want them to fix it for free.. it worked for me... oo and all your data .. its lost .. lost forever... sorry

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When i turn my game on the light turns yellow


If it blinks a red light this is known as the yellow light of death (ironic i know). This is caused when the unit overheatins causing solder on the main board to melt and bridge(connect). Once this happens it shorts out the board causing the error you have now. Contact Sony and see if the unit is still under warranty.

Feb 12, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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It's blinking and the light won't stop blinking the it turns off by its self


sorry but its called the yellow light of death..look on youtube or google ylod or yellow light of death solutions...its called this bc when u turn on ps3..the light is green for a moment, then yellow, and finally blinks red...sony charges $150 to fix...google and youtube will show you how to do it....youll need some electronic skills

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it is fried and needs repairs if you break the seal by trying it yourself you void the warrany

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