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Ps3 red light goes from green to yellow then does not start

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  • corpzombie Aug 08, 2008

    I have a 60Gb Japanese PS3, Was on standby, freestanding in open space, standing vertically. I went to turn it on, and got this:

    1) Power light goes from red to green (briefly). Fan starts, but powers down straight away

    2) Power light then goes yellow (briefly)

    3) System beeps 3 times.

    4) power light goes red and blinks on and off continuously.

    The PS3 is out of warrenty and an import, so I'm not in a position to send it back to sony - which otherwise might have been my first port of call. Some US ps3 owners with this problem have had it fixed by Sony under warrenty. And those outside warrenty have had to pay $150 to have the problem fixed.

    I have tried

    1) Removing and reseating the HDD - no effect

    2) Running the PS3 with no HDD - no effect

    3) Reformatting the HDD in a second PS3 - no effect

    4) Vacuuming all the vents - no effect

    5) Stripping down the ps3 completely - removing the heat sinks from the processor and gpu - cleaning the cpu and gpu of all the white heat transfer compound. Re-applying (more expensive) thin film of heat transfer compound. Re-building the ps3. - no effect

    6) Running without the Blue ray player connected - no effect

    I have researched the problem, and the general consensus is that this fault code represents a hardware failure of some sort. No-one seems to be able to identify which hardware component it may be!


    1) Is it CPU / GPU - seems unlikely as would expect no error codes at all?

    2) Blue ray player.

    3) Power supply

    4) Fan


    One possible solution would be to send the unit off to be repaired at a third party repair shop. These seem to run at around £70.

    Eg Console Werks

    I would find it more satisfying if I could identify which component was faulty and replace it, so any advice on bench testing, say the fan, or blue ray player would be appreciated.

  • ory2288 Sep 22, 2008

    Just turned on my PS3 (US) in Japan. Started fifa 08 played 5mins of an online match then the power went and had the same flashing situation. I'm in Japan and cannot send the System to the US so is there is any fixes out there let me know! Mahalo!

  • Cosmin  Capraru
    Cosmin Capraru Sep 24, 2008

    Same issue. tried another power supply, another fan, replace the thermo conductor.... no result.

    It is a 60 gb version.

  • Anonymous Sep 24, 2008

    my ps3 lights also start off green, turns yellow, then blinking red. If u can help me, my e-mail is . please use the subject ps3 troubleshooting,otherwise i will think its junkmail...

    thank you

  • alex0 Oct 22, 2008

    Just started playing call of duty 4 and was about 1 minute into a shipment when the game froze, ps3 turned off and the ligh blinked red.
    I turned it on and the light went green, then yellow, then blinking red. It is also a 60gb. do you think its a problem with it as it was the first model out

  • wutangcowboy Nov 04, 2008

    Also a 60 (the so-called best version). HELP

  • Letfran Dec 02, 2008

    light goes from green to yellow and then red

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2008

    i have a 80 gig and i have the yellow light of deth ho do i fix it???

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    it comes on then right off

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2008

    my ps3 wont turn on it goes from red to green then to yellow

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    red blinking, red, green, yellow, red blinking, red, green, yellow, red blin...

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    How can I fix this problem

  • FletcherJ Dec 22, 2008

    goes green then yellow then flashing red!!!

  • wtf happened Dec 22, 2008

    light goes from red to green to yellow then turns off.

    happened shortly after latest update 12-2008.

  • george-pa337 Dec 22, 2008

    Light goes from red to green to yellow. help

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    red light keeps flashing comes on then off on plastation3 can you help please

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    **** **** ****... help help help

  • coyote21854 Jan 10, 2009

    red, green, 3 beeps, yellow, flashing red sony should fix for free.

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    the game will start then it would freeze then it would cut off then the lights would start blinkin yellow then red until i hit the power button

  • teamsexy Jan 15, 2009

    red, green, yellow won't start

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    ******* pissed ******* offfff me ******* cod5 is still in the ******* machine i try to turn it on it goes from red to green to yelow then flahsing red wtf do i do??

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  • ory2288 Feb 11, 2009

    Stu king..
    what model ps3 did you have that sony replaced out of warranty?

  • keyla935 Mar 06, 2009

    when i turn on my playstation3 the light is red press the button to play the game and light goes from red to green to yellow then starts blinking red again

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    Ps3 whon't start red light flashes and when i try to start goes green yellow red whon't start

  • wilibob01 Mar 17, 2009

    same problem with red light of death, To get disc out of machine, turn off on back switch, then hold down eject button whilst turning on back switch, keep eject button held down for about fifteen seconds or until you hear the fans kick in, then take finger off, disc should eject but unfortunately the machine will turn off and red light problem will return.

    Hope this helps,

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    does anyone now how to flash the memory chip on the ps3
    same yellow then blinking red

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    i turn on the sistem, then the green light turns to yellow and then it turn of by a red blinking light.

  • Hardy_a Apr 13, 2009

    When i start my PS3 it goes red, green and yellow then shuts off please help me.



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When you start the Playstation 3 and it goes green to yellow to flashing red, this is due to an error with the Motherboard. Either there is some bridging in the soldering somewhere or the motherboard needs to be reflowed, due to bad solder connections. This problem is basically identical to the Xbox 360's "Red Ring of Death" issue that has been talked about quite a lot lately, which is supposedly caused by the Industry's switch to lead free solder. 
Unfortunately I can't find anyone who has successfully reflowed a PS3 Motherboard, although I have found some people who have theorized about it. you can find that here

Your other options are to buy a working playstation 3 motherboard on ebay (approx. $120), send it to Sony (since these issues are not covered in the warranty for some reason, you will have to pay their repair fee of $160), or buy a new playstation 3.
Hope that helps.

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Your console needs to be repaired.  It has a chip on the motherboard that needs to be resoldered.  If you are under warranty with Sony you should call them, otherwise repairs that as well.

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Red light goes from green to yellow then red

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Same problem, I was playing online, game froze. I have tried everything. 2 months passed my warranty. This sucks. I babied my PS3 more than anyone that I know. I haven't even played it as much as any of my friends have played theirs. SONY should do something about this. $500 + for a system that last a year and 2 months? IF anyone finds anything out my email is thanks

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Your ps3 is death you must check it with a person who knows about it, if you know how to change motherboard and all that stuff, contact me, and ill teach you

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Your PS3 is now considered dead. Ring SONT Helpline and they will send you another one. I've just had the same problem when playing COD5 and they are sending me a replacement next week.........and my system is out of its not all bad.

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Red light goes from green to yellow then does not start

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I found a great guide here that can fix any problem or error for a PS3 -> PS3 repair guide

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SOURCE: ps3,green to yellow then flashing red light ps3 won't turn on

HI I have the solution for you for now don't remove the hard drive or open the unit to remove your game and I promise everything is there your will get it back if you follow my instructions your ps3 for now is dead is the similar problem with the xbox360 but there is a solution for both units what had happen is that the graphics card got hot and broke some of the connections under the chip and the only solution is to reflow the unit with a system that is controlled by computer this way nothing outs gets damage 90% of the ps3's can be repaired I have fix 10 units out of 12 last week so if you have a game inside don't worry you get it back and also you can recover your info in your hard drive I am a trusted ebay power seller I don't offer this service on ebay I use the system for my own units and for people on this web side you can get more info on ebay just type in playstation 3 reflow and you will see more sellers who do the same as me but they charge 65-75dls plus shipping I charge 70 dls plus shipping only one way I payd for return shipping ebay sellers who offer this service they ask you to pay shipping for both ways so if you want to see your unit up and running let me know I am located in Georgia

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SOURCE: light turns on, light turns yellow, light turns red and blinks.

Your ps3 has overheated. This is the equivilent to the red ring of death for xbox 360. The ps3 problem is called "yellow light of death" this means your ps3 has died due to the console being overheated. The solution to this problem is either getting a new playstation or take it to a shop in the UK and they could help you fix it for a price around £30-£50 GBP.

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SOURCE: My PS3 has a flashing red light, when I turn it

Hello there baileys 946

If you have the brief flashing yellow light, then its followed by a red blinking light then you have the yellow light of death AKA the YLOD.

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.


Option 1 - Call Sony

In warranty the Price is Free, out of warranty the Price is $150, the whole process is 4-6 weeks

You can call Sony and they will collect the PS3, repair/replace, and deliver the PS3 back to you

Option 2 - Fix it your Self

You can use a PS3 fix manual to get this fixed easily and at home using household tools you probably already own.

Click here to know more on PS3 Fix Manuals which has helped so many people like you.

Good luck

Best regards


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