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PS3 Yellow flash then blinking red

I was playing GTA4 offline for 5 minutes and the ps3's little blue light flashed yellow then turned off and the yellow turned to blinking red. Playstation trouble shooting says that i have experienced an overheating and that I should leave the playstation off for a while to let it cool down. I knew it wasnt overheated but i let it cool down for an hour anyway. It still doesn't work, every time I turn on the ps3 it goes green then flashes yellow once and goes into blinking red. I've already sent in my playstation once before because it had the fatal error of not reading any discs. The work order says they installed parts, Aligned laser output, focus, tracking and balance. I really don't want to have to send it away again and pay more money since i've only had it back for about a month.

( Basically I want to know how I can fix the problem on my own. )

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  • my twins May 30, 2008

    My problem is very close. My ps3 is only blinking red and not allowing me to do anything. IT IS NOT OVER HEATED LIKE SONY IS TRYING TO SAY. I have only had my ps3 since Feb. and is not covered by warranty because i bought it on ebay. Pls. help me i am going through withdrawal.


  • BaLLzAAk May 30, 2008

    Hey MyTwins aka? Barb if you bought yours on E bay you probably still have a serial number on the back and a model number you can go on the playstation site and report to them of the problem like many have done before you but since you arent under warrenty like me you will probably have to pay the 169 Canadian dollars to either get it repaired or replaced. it gets done pretty fast once you report it and talk to them and ask for the service they send you a box with instructions on what to put in it and you just put the postage thats in the box on it and send it away. they take like a week or two to fix it for most instances. AND I DO KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN BY WITHDRAWLS it sucks eh...



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I have the same problem but it wont turn it a system failer?

Posted on Jul 27, 2008


Just got off the phone to Sony with this very same problem. I bought mine on launch day in the UK so it has no warranty left. Despite this they are exchanging it for another one free of charge! I will of course velieve it when i see it as it seems to good to be true.

Posted on Sep 08, 2008


I have a ps3 with the same yellow light 3 beep failure. i got a supervisor at sony to admit that this is a disk drive failure. my theory is that itt cant read the operating system from the disc drive so you are not going anywhere. i googled the promblem a week ago and got 3900 hits on this same problem. i also contacted sony back in 8 /23/07 about oblivion freeze ups that got so bad i couldnt finish the game. at that time they asked me if the disk drive seal was not tampered with. when i told them no they were willing to take the unit back for in warrenty repair. i thought it may be a software problem so i did not return it is out of warrenty so they will not fix it for can let it cool off until hell freezes over and it wont fix this problem. you have to send it back and pay $160.00 us.

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Yes you can but the parts cost is more then sony to fix.. I suggest sell it as broke (if they dont fix it for free) then buy a 40gb at 300$ on ebay!

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The lights are a warning sign to let you know something is wrong. I can give you the quick explanation, There are 2 chips on the motherboard inside the PS3, the GPU (graphics) and the CPU (brain), when playing the ps3 the solder heats up and when you finish playing it cools down, over time this will cause the soldering to crack and the chips to lose connection with the motherboard and you get the YLOD.


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