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Sony ps3 starts up then shuts down 3 beeps red led flashing

Hi all i bought my sony ps3 60gb console of ebay and now it has gone faulty when i try to turn it on the fans spins then the console shuts down with 3 beeps and the red standby led flashing on & of ive tryd removing the hard drive but no difference can any1 help me is there any cure for this thanks

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  • jacco123 Apr 26, 2008

    same to mine, not any help for it?

  • silver310 Dec 22, 2008

    Hi.Yes i have same problem.Please help me!!

  • ballz34 Feb 03, 2009

    I have the same problem. Are you sure it is the bearings in the fan that are bad. Because when I power on the fan kicks on like it should then 3 beeps and flashing red light

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    its happening to me 2.first most games were freezing now this is happening.

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    playing killzone2 and suddenly ps3 shutdown. turned it back on and it shut itself down and red light flashing.

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    i have the same problem guys, im looking 4 a solution

  • brianathome Apr 20, 2009

    I have the same problem. Also started a few weeks ago freezing during game play. Have had for almost 2 years and never froze until now. :( Have not found a solution.

  • Phil
    Phil Jan 10, 2014

    I have the same problem, think I'll just buy a new one.



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Just had this happen to me and I fixed it myself. It is likely that the CPU and GPU needs new silicone on it. You have to wipe the old silicone off and spread new on it. I got it at Radio Shack, just make sure you have THERMO SILICONE and also a heat gun before you try to fix. Just go to YouTube and look up the following: YLOD fix. A guy walks you through the whole process. I did exactly what he said step by step and now my PS3 works. I wouldn't try this unless you are handy and your warranty has expired. If your warranty is still good send it to Sony. I hope this helps....

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Unless your fan is making an abnormally loud noise it is not the bearings. The problem you are having is from a bad Heat Sync as well as the CPU and GPU needing to be re-seated. I have personally fixed this with my own PS3 as well as others. I run my own home based pc repair business in southern california. Email me at [email protected] for more information.

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Im having tha same problem rite means tha barrings on ur fan r bad...u need a new internal fan..tha trick is finding where 2 get one..lemme kno if u find a place that can get em..thanx

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Ahhh the dreaded red light, sorry buddy i would ent get stuff like that off ebay but if it came with a 1 800 number try to call that and ask them

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