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I turn my ps3 on the green light comes on then about a second later the blue light turns on as well but then flashes yellow and then beeps three times and flashes red what could the problem be

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I assume you have a "fat" PS3
That is the YLOD! The system has most likeley overheated, and the 2 main chips probably lost their connection to the mainboard. A reflow/reball will be needed, if this is the case.

Take it apart, and find the main chips (they will be on the bottom of the board, and be large and silverish in appearance.

Do the same thing that this guy does to the Xbox 360, only with your board/chips:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7xcuj_xbox-360-bga-reflow_tech

Some good info here too: http://www.overclock.net/playstation/490463-ylod-fix-ideas-preventing.html
I'd recommend using flux.

You may substitute a heat gun for the reflow station, though the controlled process is always better. Be careful - too much heat may destroy the chips.

If that doesn't work, the second most likely cause would be a power supply, third, a break in a trace in the Mainboard.

Good Luck

Posted on Sep 27, 2010

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