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Playstation will not power up.red light turns to yellow-amber colour then straight back to red.

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Yellow Light of Death. Yes, unit needs to be serviced. Board needs to be reflowed

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It needs to be serviced. It may be better to buy a slim instead, I think its the way of the future.

Posted on May 16, 2010

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Sadly when a playstation led starts flashing a yellow/amber color it means that there's a hardware issue that's causing your system to overheat. Sadly you only have 3 options: Buy a new PS3, start the repair process through Sony (which means you will receive a refurbished PS3), or repair your PS3 through a 3rd party. There's really no way to fix it yourself without advanced tools and extra repair parts and still it would void the warranty and you'd be risking further damage to your PS3 console.

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"When the power status light flashes red after using the PS3 system for 3 or more minutes and shuts off, the PS3 system has possibly over heated. This may be caused by poor ventilation or the vents may be blocked."

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The simplest solution is to return the unit to Sony. If it is still under warranty, the fix will be free; otherwise it'll cost $150.

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