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PS3 Yellow flash then blinking red

I was playing GTA4 offline for 10 minutes when the playstation beeped then the green light flashed yellow then went to blinking red. The playstation troubleshooting guide says that this means i have overheated my ps3. Even though i knew it wasnt the problem i let it cool down for an hour untill it was dead cold and tried again. It flashed yellow and then went into the dreaded flashing red which can be stopped by tapping the power button once to get back to solid red. whenever i try to start it again the cycle continues. I was wondering if you knew any home remedies for this problem i know it is a very Terminal and common problem. ( ive only had my ps3 back for about a month since i had to send it away earlier because it had the fatal error of not reading any discs. ) I dont want to send it back again and have to pay more money.



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  • BaLLzAAk May 29, 2008

    It wasnt the hd i think theres somthing else internal. I refuse to send it back again for repairs so i'm gona call sony up and complain if that doesnt work i guess im gona have to save up for a new one. if i do get a new one i'll open this one up and see if i can do some blind surgery on it. SHOULD BE FUN! I'll get back to you if i get any positive results

  • BaLLzAAk May 30, 2008

    I've tried holding down the Eject button, the power button ive tried taking out the hd and turning it on ive tried turning the power off in the back and doing very weird combinations of all of the above... lol i sent Sony an e-mail complaint describing my situation completely with all the correct dates.

  • raffjess Jun 09, 2008

    PS3 60gig yea i got that too. playing Bourne the ps3 just stop't i tryed everything just cant get it to turn back on.but a small diff with my im running 2 extra external fans 1 that gos under the ps3 and 1 that at the front connecting to the usb port and it sites in front off my front door so its got very good ventilation.

  • jokr4life Sep 21, 2008

    i was playing call of duty and it suddenly started to blink red... idk what to do?? if you could help email me at ill take any advice and if it works we will negociate a deal... thanks

  • Anonymous Nov 02, 2008

    Dammit same is happening to me the problem is that Ilive in Brazil and sony is kinda unreachable here...

  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    have the same problem! is not hot? what is it?

  • iamjustwill Mar 01, 2009

    My 60 gb ps3 got the same problem I tried everything. Im payin 150 to send it to sony cuz I could not find a solution. Someone needs to fix it and put it on youtube.

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  • d_a_v_i_d_r Apr 10, 2009

    my ps3 loads up just fine now problem. but when i put in a game, blueray dvd, cd , dvd it gives me the 3 beeps and red flashing light. anyone know what the hell this means??? sending it to sony isnt a option.

  • EcTheGec Apr 10, 2009

    well my screen went black, turned it off at the power switch round the back, i switched it back on, pressed the power button, it went green for a few seconds then amber then flashing red!! someone plz advice me on wat to do! PLZ!

  • benblob688 Apr 19, 2009

    I noticed the flashing red light whilst playing little big planet, which used to crash a lot because its a hard game to run. The PS3 would run easy stuff, like DVD's, but most high end games would cause it to turn off again. I stopped using it for a while, and then a few weeks later i tried it again. I ran Battlefield: bad company, and it died after 1 hour. I played the game often, and would get about an hour after leaving it to cool for a few hours after it last crashed. Then I put a desktop fan to the back of the console and slid off the cover that says playstation 3 on it and let the air come out of the holes from the fan. it increased the play time to 2 hours, and then today i noticed that there was another fan going which i had not noticed before. I turned off the desktop fan and it was some kind of emergency fan or something, working overtime. I realised that the fan that usually cooled the unit was the problem. It was not coming on when it should. Something made it come on, and it realised that it needed cooling. The fan then slowed after colling it, and continued to function without the desktop fan. After turning it off and on again, the fan did not start, and it now crashes within 5 minutes. Ooops =O

  • danielbwhela Apr 20, 2009

    i was playing star wars the force unleashed and just as i defeated darth sidious and started to play the short movie ending the light flashed yellow then went to blinking red. try to turn back on just blinking red! I'm not sending it in to SONY, I know all that gaming time will be lost! will these other PS3 repair shops do the same? or what about that book for $20.00, will that help?

  • kurdplaya105 May 21, 2009

    my balls hurt

  • snowy30 May 22, 2009

    switched on the ps3 went red to yellow then to flashing red



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PS3 Red/Yellow Light

If you are seeing this error it is because the GPU and the CPU have overheated and you will need to stop the heat to fix this. You can send the console in and they will fix it for you but it does take about 4 weeks to fix.

You can quite easily fix this with a few household tiems from home.

Check out this link for a full solution:

PS3 Red Lights Fix

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I believe the problem is over time the fan to your ps3 will **** up dust particles and eventually add up will obstruct proper ventilation and time to time you need to clean your ps3 so it doesn't burn up make sure your ps3 is getting good (CLEAN) ventilation keep an eye on it it happened to me, Solution: Try cleaning the ps3 with an air hose and if that fails you have most likely burn or shorted your ps3 if that keep your hd and get another ps3 so that you have all your memory.

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Get an x box lol

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Ok man check it out,
I suggest pulling the hd out and putting it back into the system, the red light error could also be caused bc of the hd. It may even be a bad hard drive so try it out! Good news is an hd is freakin cheap I bought a 60 gb for 28$ on eby shipped... Also it could be a power supply issue.
If you would send me your repair guide that would help to see where on earth this is comming from...! email is and feel free to email any time.
(If I were you id call effin sony and tell them whats up, tell them you just paid to have this pos ps3 fixed and now its still **** and you want a new one asap) honest this may work

to ME or anyone else, you can buy a new 40gb for 300 shipped on ebay thats a 140$ more then sending yours in for a so called fix

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  • mathew eaton May 29, 2008

    O I agree I would ***** sony out all day long about how you JUST PAID to have it fixed now a month later the pos is not working AGAIn I would demand it to be fixed AND free product man see what you can get out of them for this bs

    LAST THING try holding the eject button down for 10 sec and see what happens!

  • mathew eaton May 30, 2008

    Good, If I were you I would call friday the 30th and complain about slow customer service response! LOL

    I feel they will **** with you via email trust me I tried that! Good luck and keep me updated


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This is called the yellow light of death on the playstation, it'll give 3 beeps then shuts off. there is a solution but it requires soldering. you can download a do it your self pdf file out there. but it's not easy. good luck!

Posted on May 27, 2009

I have the same problem. came out of nowhere. i'm very pissed since it has only 5 moths of use (20 hours of effective use).

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