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My ps3 over heated and now beeps and flashes red when i turn it on. I have just dismantled it and cleaned the motherboard what else will i need to do?

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Hi as you have all ready dismantled it then the chances are you have no warranty now its not just cleaning it you need to do, i take it when you switch it on it clicks when it comes on then it clicks again and goes back to the red light, well this is the problem you need to dismantle it totally so look on the net for guides on how to dismantle your ps3 and then you need to replace the heat sink paste that connects the heat sink to the gpu and cpu chip, how ever the next bit is a lot harder you need to reflow the gpu and cpu chips so the solder joints touch the circuit board again.

to do this you will need to get a heat gun with temp control and you will then need to use google and find a decent guide search for this

how to reflow ps3 to fix ylod

then hit search and that will then list loads of sites that show you and tell you how to go about doing this.

the chances are as you have never done it before you may get it wrong if you are usnsure or really care if it will never work again then leave it to someone else
if you are going to do it yourself then make sure the circuit board is perfectly level using a spirit level getting this bit wrong will cause the solder to run and you will never get it working, any way you will see this in the guides on the net.

take your time and after you have heated it up give it ages to cool down at least an hour before you think about moving the circuit board.

let me know if you need further assistance ok

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It beeps then just shut off. When I try to turn it back on it comes on for half a second then beeps and the light goes from green to yellow to a flashing red, and it shuts off and then just stays...


Hi Uniballer,

Are you seeing any flashing red/yellow lights?

If so this is the red light error and you will find that is why the system will not turn on.

Why Does It Happen?

The GPU and the CPU are the 2 main chips in the system and they deal with all of the number crunching however they can get very hot and if they lose connection the system will either freeze up or turn off and give you the red flashing light.

How To Fix?

The key is stopping the heat build up and you can either send it in and they will fix it for you.

Bear in mind that for the PS3 red flashing light error you will be waiting for about 4 weeks and it will also cost you $150 for the repair bill!

Other Ways To Fix?

You can also use a good PS3 Repair Guide to fix it and this will show you how to stop the heat build up with a few household items.

Just make sure that you get a good guide there are some good ones out there!

Click Here For A Complete Review Of All Available PS3 Repair Guides.

Hope this helps and any questions let me know?

Apr 09, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i turn my ps3 on everything works but in 2-5 minutes it will beep ,the screen will turn off and the blue light turns red and blinks for a while..what do i do?



If the system turns on but then turns itself off, beeps at you and flashes it's lights at you then you have over heated the system. The GPU chip has probly pulled itself away from the board. This will require you to diassemble the PS3...

PlayStation 3 red light problem, but in most cases it comes down to the system overheating. The more it overheats the more damage is created internally to the motherboard and other functioning components...
click here to download ps3 repair guide if u need

Dec 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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After pressing the on button it turns green for 5 seconds then it flashes yellow/orange for a second then it flashes red.


Yellow Light of DeathThe "Yellow Light of Death" or YLOD is the common phrase people use to describe the following sequence when they try to turn on their PS3:

  • Press Power Button
  • Red Light Flashes Three Times
  • Yellow Light Flashes
  • Green Light Flashes
  • Beeps Three Times
  • Red Light Flashes

The sequence above may vary a bit but you do see the flashing yellow light (sometimes shows up as orange) that normally you would not see when operating your PS3. The YLOD is a general hardware fault that can mean a lot of things. However, one of the problems is cracked solder that leads the PS3 to think one of its internal chips is not connected or is broken somehow. Cracked solder can happen when the chips get too hot (RSX most likely) and leads the motherboard to start bending, which may crack the solder. Changing the power supply (lower the average wattage going to the chips to lower the heat) and better thermal compound (heat dissipates faster to the heatsink) may prevent this error from occurring. However, if your PS3 has already had the YLOD, then you can reflow your motherboard every few months to keep it working (but it is not a permanent fix as the YLOD usually comes back).

Oct 09, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Yellow light of deth


Yellow Light of DeathThe "Yellow Light of Death" or YLOD is the common phrase people use to describe the following sequence when they try to turn on their PS3:

  • Press Power Button
  • Red Light Flashes Three Times
  • Yellow Light Flashes
  • Green Light Flashes
  • Beeps Three Times
  • Red Light Flashes

The sequence above may vary a bit but you do see the flashing yellow light (sometimes shows up as orange) that normally you would not see when operating your PS3. The YLOD is a general hardware fault that can mean a lot of things. However, one of the problems is cracked solder that leads the PS3 to think one of its internal chips is not connected or is broken somehow. Cracked solder can happen when the chips get too hot (RSX most likely) and leads the motherboard to start bending, which may crack the solder. Changing the power supply (lower the average wattage going to the chips to lower the heat) and better thermal compound (heat dissipates faster to the heatsink) may prevent this error from occurring. However, if your PS3 has already had the YLOD, then you can reflow your motherboard every few months to keep it working (but it is not a permanent fix as the YLOD usually comes back).

Oct 09, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 will turn on, it then beeps and the red light flashes, any ideas??


RLOD or red light of death is caused about the following

1. Might be caused by overheating
2. your hardrive might be corupted or reset into the system
3. the soldering on the motherboard might need to be reflowed by a local repair shop that specializes in your PS3 gaming console

hope that i might be able to help you !!

Jul 22, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hi ive just turned my ps3 on it stopped and went off now it wont play just got a red light when pushed it flashes green and blue the goes red when pushed again it flashes red help


Yes this is the YLOD the (Yellow light of death) it happens when the GPU and the CPU overheat and you will need to fix this by stopping the heat build up, you can sned it in and they will fix it for you for $130.

Or you can fix it yourself using a good PS3 Repair guide in under an hour!

Mar 07, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My console shut down and won't restart. It gives a beep when I try to start it. The green light comes on and then I hear 2 fast beeps and the light turns red and flashes. What can be the problem and...


Over heat problem caused internal hardware failure. Sony claims it can't be fixed and your PS3 is one in a million. Only temp fix is available. Heat caused the problem and heat will fix the problem. You need to heat the motherboard with heat gun and bring to using 500 degrees, after evenly heating board, go to 650 degrees and focus on the cpu and gpu. let cool and put back together. similiar to the xbox red ring of death. Good Luck

Oct 23, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Blinking red light


You need a screwdriver, a heat gun, arctic silver compound, lots of patience.

Dismantle your ps3 down to the motherboard. Clean off the compound on the Graphics chips with isopropyl alcohol. Set your heat gun to around 700*F. Apply hot air to each of the Graphics chips, 1" away, in a swirling motion for 15-17 seconds each on one side. Let cool down for 20min. DO NOT MOVE THE BOARD. Repeat for the other side. Let cool down for 20min. DO NOT MOVE THE BOARD. Apply new compound to the graphics chips with Arctic Silver. Put the PS3 back together and it should work. It worked for me!

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On/Off problem


Call Sony, or dismantle it and find the circuit break on the motherboard and repair it.

Aug 14, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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