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I turn my ps3 on then it turns itself off after a few seconds flashs orange then red ...how do i fix it please help

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Its called the red light of death,a work mate had the same problem and there is a repair costings around 25 pound

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

  • neil_ferry Oct 11, 2010

    ohh rite..wer do i go to get it fixed?

  • paulmorris73 Oct 11, 2010

    Depending on where you live,iam in manchester and he took it to a shop that unlocked fones,if you are local to manchester i can get the number 4 u,if not i would try shops near you maybe,but dont pay any more than 25-30 pound cos there rippping you off.. Also repair took 20 mins to do so you can wait.. hope this helps

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