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PS3 does not turn on. When I press the on button, red light turns green thne to yellow then to flashing red.

When I press the on button, red light turns green then to yellow then to flashing red.

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  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    When I press the on button, red light turns green thne to yellow then to flashing red.

  • Anonymous Jun 25, 2008

    I have same problem. Warranty ran out 6 months ago & sony tells me it will be $150.00 to fix without even looking at system. Not a happy PS3 owner right now!

  • Anonymous Jun 25, 2008

    yea..i had the same problem too...look through the internet and u will c that alot of people have had the same problem...mine did the same 45 minutes after an update...just shut off completely. i talked to someone at sony and they told me $150, wont have it for close to a month...i made the comment about everyone else that has had the problem and he just said sorry....600 for the system and one year later another $150. its bs

  • imurnastygir Sep 11, 2008

    Hello, when i turn on my ps3 it go's on but it do not want to show anything

  • svetik418 Dec 24, 2008

    i got same problem.. i was lighting candles in a room and about an hour later my ps3 turned off by itself and won't turn on.. :(

  • johnnyblaze1 Dec 27, 2008

    is there any other solution? is it some sort of virus? what exactly is it?? please help!

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same problem. When I turn it on, the lights just blink and it doesn't even turn on! My warranty went out the same time it stopped turning on! I am planning on selling it and just buying another one eventually.

  • Patel1 Feb 16, 2009

    I have also had the same problems. Any chance of suing Sony? Has anyone found a solution?

  • tigerchunli Mar 08, 2009

    I was playing a movie on the PS3, and it went to blue screen and then turned off shortly after. I tried unplugging it and then plugging it back in. When I turn the power on from the back switch, the front power light goes to red, but when I touch the power switch on in the front, light goes to green, then to red and then turns off. There is no red light on after that and stays off.

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    my ps3 was working while i was playing, but then it turned off in the middle and it hasnt turned on since

  • Severe_XIII Apr 29, 2009

    Yep same problem! Press the power button then the green light turns yellow for a sec the back to flashing red but my main problem is I was setting up my playstation because I had just gotten it back from been repaired. So now im up to my forth playstation and counting! Yay! Lucky me!

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    When I press the red button the yellow always activates and same thing when I press yellow

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    It takes at least two hours before it reset. It won't let me go to anything just pop up when you turn it on all you can do is press OK wicth is x. It is green on the off an on button


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This is called a System Error. It is about the same as the Xjunks ring of death. You need to call Sony if you haven't broken your seal yet.

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My ps3 will not power up

here is step by step trouble shooting
1) attempt to turn on the ps3
+you will see one of 4 things a green yellow red light
+flashing red light
+green light
+no lights
2) if you see a green yellow red light call sony your system will need service
3) if you see a red flashing light also call sony needs service
4) if the light is green turn off the system and one the light is back to red press and hold the power button for a series of 2 beeps (do not forget the one when you first push the button down) then let go (it might be a video issue)
5) if you still see no video and a green light check the cable you are using and try again on a different tv
6) if you see no power light call sony it needs service

these are genuine trouble shooting steps from sony technical support if you do have to call them be prepared to follow the same steps that lead up to service. thank you

Oct 30, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My Ps3 will turn on, the light will then go from green to yellow for a few seconds, then it will flash the red light until i press the power button, how do i stop this?

Its the Yellow Light Of Death. I have posted step-by-step instructions, here is the link.

Feb 21, 2011 | 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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When i turn my ps3 on the green light comes on turns yellow then turns off which it then has a flashing red light how do i fix this problem?

hello try a reset press and hold the standby button on the front of the ps3, you hear 1 bleep the 2 short bleeps after the short bleeps release the button it should reset good luck


Oct 01, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i turn my ps3 on the green light turns and then turns yellow shuts off and the red light flashes

hello have you tried this press and hold the power button in until you hear 2 bleeps then release the button it should reset the the ps3 good luck


Jul 30, 2010 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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My ps3 is flashing green yellow then red

Yellow Light Of Death, quite similar to 360's Red Ring of Death.your PS3 is part of 0.2% that has overheated and now no longer functions! Send it to Sony, they'll replace it.If you can try to
update your PS3 (in the settings menu the 1st option)
go on the internet browser on the PS3 then go on the menu press triangle then on one of them there are delete cookies and the delete the others as well as cookies
check the disc if it has fingerprints or scratches if it does then thats your problem
if you have the 60GB sos mate they have alot of problems
or maybe try this put the PS3 on then press the eject button (with no disc in) then hold it then switch the PS3 off at the back with your finger on the eject button still holding it then put it back on then the fan test should be working this may cool it down
if this problem still continues go out and buy a inter cooler from a shop

Mar 17, 2010 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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My playstation has the light trun green yellow flashing red light

With your PS3 turned off, press and hold the Power button on the front of the PS3 for about 10 seconds (the system will beep as normal as it starts up but after 7-10 seconds it will beep again). The video settings should now be reverted. Doing this will also reset any theme settings. try this? seems to fix alot of issues.

Jan 22, 2010 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (80GB) Console

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My Ps3 isnt starting, light turns green then changes to yellow

this is the ps3 equivilent of the xbox360s red ring of death error, sorry to tell you but that means a serious system error has killed your ps3 its unfixable and you will have to send it off for a replacement

Jun 29, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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