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My Playstation recently completely switched off while in the middle of a game, then after trying to switch it back on the green light would come on for two seconds then turn back to a flashing red light. Whats the problem?

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A blinking red light indicated a hardware malfunction or overheating problem. Let it sit over night and next time you turn it on make sure you feel air flow through vents. Another step might be to blow some compressed air into the vents to unclog any build up of dust or dirt. If this fails to solve the problem call sony to have them fix it as it might be a more serious problems such as a fan failure or internal hardware malfunction.

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