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My playstation 3 refuses to start up. When turned on it reaches the main menu but freezes up. Then the system flashes a yellow light and shuts down to a red light. I want to get my ps3 up and running again.

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2 days ago i got the yellow light of death when the 2.50 update came out rendering my ps3 to a 500 dollar paperweight.
I contacted sony about my problem and my console is under warrenty so it would be fixed for free so it didn't bother me to awful bad
the are sending me a box right now but i have fixed the yellow lights on my ps3 myself and it works now without a hitch
What i did is i took my 120 gb hard drive out of my ps3, Saved it to my cpu tower and did a full format of that drive
then i took my hard drive and put it back in my ps3 and it ask me for the system software 2.50 disk so i downloaded the 2.50 update off of the ps3 website installed it and boom my ps3 work like new
this worked for me so far and have been playing my console for 6 hours now with out a hitch
maybe this will work for some of u aswell

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hi Torgsrus.
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The following pictures illustrate the CECHX0X model, however the light sequence is applicable to all PlayStation 3 models.

No lights are on:

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If the PS3 does not turn on:
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When the power status light is solid red, this means that the PS3 system is off (or in standby mode).
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If the ps3 system will not turn on when you press the power button, this is an issue with the PS3 system and you will need to send your system in for service.

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When the power status light is solid green, this means that the PS3 is turned on.
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To turn of the PS3, simply press and hold the power button for two or more seconds.
If the power status light is green ,and you are experiencing problems- have a look on our forums for troubleshooting.

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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 overheated.

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When the power status light flashed green, it means that the PS3 system is turning off. Please wait while the system turns off.

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