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PLAYSTATION3 60GB YELLOW LIGHT OF DEATH

INTRO : My dad bought a PS3 (60 GB) for me in may 07 from an authorised sony dealer. I opened the box and put my PS3 in my almirah (without the box). I first used it last month because I had my board exams.

THE PROBLEM: On turning the PS3 on, it starts, recognizez the blu ray disk (i hav smackdown vs raw 08) and says that it has to update its software (1.93). It completes downloading and then when it is about to update..... the YELLOW LIGHT OF DEATH comes on then turns RED and BLINKS THRICE.If I then turn it on it again.....IT STARTS NORMALLY but again goes off in a shorter duration of time. I got frustrated and did not try operating it for 3-4 days. Then when I tried.... It SUCCESSFULLY UPDATED the software and was about to install it.... when 30% installation was Complete..... IT WENT OFF AGAIN....(YELLOW LIGHT). When I again tried to operate it..... it STARTED but at 37% installation....IT WENT OFF AGAIN(SAME YELLOW LIGHT-3 TIMES RED BLINK).......... I AM CONFUSED.........PLEASE HELP ME.....

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  • Sidd661992 May 19, 2008

    I have NEVER PLAYED my PS3..... Never got the oppertunity to.... each time I tried it went out as i described above.

  • Sidd661992 May 19, 2008

    I store my PS3 in an open room with an Air-Conditioner. So... Maybe it's not the ventillation problem but an internal fan problem...I'll visit my nearest Sony World...Is there anything else I should check/do before taking it there?

    Thanks a lot for the help......

    Regardz,

    Sid

  • Anonymous Nov 05, 2008

    I'd like to know if Sony will not fix their defected product then the consumers should get together and take them to court!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • frottobean Feb 16, 2009

    hey i have the same problem. i turn it on then within a few seconds it gose from grenn , red, yellow then blinking red. it overheated back in september or october and i havent touched it at all. should i try and buy a new hdd and put it in.

  • klmjnh Apr 11, 2009

    it happens to me too.since i live in india sony said they wont help me.even i have yellow light of death

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    how do you fix the HDD on a ps3?

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    omg there is no free support anywhere

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How long do you play your ps3 befor updateing the ps3 because the yellow light and the red blinking light comes up when its too hot it says it in the manul and it says to leave it alone for a few hours and then try again. if it still dosent work use your warrnty to fix it

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The PS3 yellow light of death is generally caused by a hard drive error, which will need to be addressed before your console is able to work again like normal. Often the cause is a corrupted portion of space on your HDD that your PS3 is trying to use but simply can't.

Here are two methods you can use to try and fix the YLOD on your console:

Firstly, you will want to try and perform a default settings reset on your PS3. Here's how to do this:

  1. Place your PS3 in stand-by mode.
  2. Hold down the touch power button until you hear a series of beeps.
  3. Release it after you hear 3 long beeps, then 2 short beeps, then one more long beep.
  4. A screen will come up with instructions, follow them until you are presented with a list of 6 options. Select option number 2.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions again.
If that does not work, then you will have to reformat your PS3's hard drive. Please note that this will wipe all the data, but it is the only way to recover a corrupted HDD. Here's how to do it, taken from an article I wrote:

  1. Remove your PS3's hard drive.
  2. Connect it to your PC.
  3. Goto 'Control Panel' -> 'Administrative Tools' -> 'ComputerManagement', then under 'Storage' click 'Disk Management' (if you areunable to find this then search your computer)
  4. Format the driveinto FAT32 if possible; if not you will have to format it into NTFS, oruse a third-part program to format your console into FAT32 for the bestresults.
  5. Remove the drive from your PC, reconnect it to your PS3.
  6. YourPS3 will boot up and prompt you to install the system software from aUSB thumb drive. You can get this software from the Sony website underthe useful links section of this website.
  7. Follow the instructions, and you will be back to gaming again with any luck.
Click the following link for more information about how to carry out a PS3 yellow light of death fix yourself.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010

The Yellow Light Of Death either indicates Overheating or HDD Failure.

In my case it was HDD Failure.

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Maybe it can be a HDD problem

Posted on Oct 03, 2008

I got the same problem what i know i thatits summit to do with the HDD and not overheating , ive still got the problem.

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Sidd, if it is overheating you are experiencing, where exactly do you have the PS3 stored? Ive heard of people having this issue when they have the PS3 sitting in a very tight fitting unit where basically the PS3 cannot get any air and quickly overheats.

I would suggest moving the PS3 into the middle of your floor temporarily with no obstructions to the fans, and see how long it stays running under those conditions. If it overheats and dies quickly in those conditions you may have a hardware issue, but if it stays running this time, its likely the storage setup you have the PS3 in.

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I updated the firmware to my PS3, but inorder to do this it takes a lot of work, beets buying another ps3

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