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When I press the start up button (red) it turns green, gives 3 beeps and turns flashing red again.

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  • zoopmitty May 12, 2010

    what you got is what is know as yellow lite of death --YLOD this
    is the site i got the info from...http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayS...
    and you are not the only one to experience this. more and more ps3
    owners are getting hit with this problem. your best bet will be to send
    it off to sony if its under warrenty for they'll fix it for free. but
    be cautious of this for they may even replace your system and you may
    not get your original system back. if its not under warrenty you'll get
    hit with an $150 charge. The YLOD is a major
    hardware failure for the PlayStation 3.
    The specific cause is somewhat known, but Sony has not commented about
    this failure whatsoever. Some theories for the cause include:
    overheating (accelerated by dust build-up), blu-ray drive failure, bad power supply, and/or
    a hard drive critical error. **UPDATE** According to an eBay store that
    repairs YLOD PS3's, the hardware failure is caused by either/or of two
    things: 1. Hardware malfunction on the motherboard due to
    heating/cooling (solder physically cracking/breaking) which can be fixed
    by "reflowing", which is a fancy way of using a machine that has a
    super controlled (+ or - .5 degrees) hot air nozzle to re-melt the
    solder on the base of the defective chip to re-attach it. 2. The
    power supply has the failure in one of its capacitors or diodes.
    This can also be fixed by "reflowing" but it is harder to diagnose due
    to the need to chase down which one it is. **According to this eBay store, this
    scenario is a much more difficult way to repair PS3's with the YLOD.
    They state they can only repair 8 out of 10 PS3's with the YLOD** You
    know you have received the YLOD when the following occurs (Can also be
    seen here): * You power on the console. * The console
    starts up normally for about 2-3 seconds, * The console beeps 3
    times while flashing a faint yellow light, * The console
    continues to flash a red light. you can check youtube for ps3 reflow and see some of the vids people have made fixing their YLOD problem. just know if you do go this way you void warranty for opening up your ps3 and this may or may not fix the problem

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Hello,

You can try the steps below. Its from PlayStation Forum:

1. Turn off Playstation®3.
2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.
3. Once the System has been shutdown, re-press you finger until you hear 2 consecutive beeps
4. When you hear the 2 beeps take finger off power button.
5. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button
6. The Recovery menu will pop up.

The current Recovery Menu supports:
• Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
• Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.
• Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
• Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
• Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
• System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System

If the above steps still does not solve the problem, then I think will have to update your Ps3.

Update your PS3 (in the settings menu the 1st option).

Go on the internet browser on the PS3 then go on the menu press triangle then on one of them there are delete cookies and the delete the others as
well as cookies.

You could also try this as well: put the PS3 on then press the eject button (with no disc in) then hold it and switch the PS3 off at the back with your finger on the eject button still holding it, then put it back on and the fan test should be working this may cool it down. It might be over heating.

But if your problem is not still solved, then maybe you should call sony for further assistance.

I wish you good luck

Posted on May 12, 2010

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1. Turn off Playstation®3.
2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.
3. Once the System has been shutdown, re-press you finger until you hear 2 consecutive beeps
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