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This is called the yellow light of death, similar to the red ring of death for the xbox. The yellow light indicates optical drive failure, and that component needs to be replaced. Sony can repair it, and I recommend calling them if you are still in warranty. If not, there are independent chains that do repairs on consoles. I had this issue a few months ago, costs around $130 to replace the part. Sorry :(

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Why is my ps3 160 gb not working.. the green light comes on. but takes 10s to come off. there is no yello light. maybe its the hdd . . . there is nothing showing on the screen

Hi there, try to do a hard reboot on your system. I suggest you have the system turned off, and when you power it up from the system itself hold the power button not just push it. It will beep and turn on but while you are holding the button it should beep beep again and turn back off continue to hold the button and it should boot up 1 more time. or you may have to let go of the button and hit it 1 more time, but it may help your situation

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When I try to turn on my console the power button flickers from green,to yello and then red and it doesn't turn on

your ps3 is dead call customer support and request a repair or find a self fix manuel to help you fix it your self the ps3 is complicated compared to an xbox tho and you can end up with more mistakes

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It has a yellow light which i beleive they call the ylod

PS3 Yello Light error is a very common issue, and can happen anytime

there is a PS3 repair guide available that covers this problem and also all other common PS3 problems. You can get your copy PS3 Repair Guide, you can download it and get help to fix your console. Please feel free to message me if you need further assistance

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When i turn on ps3 ... flashing red light (normally shouldn't be flashing) i press it and a green light appears then a flash of a blue light next to it and after that a quick yello light

This is unfortunately what is known as the Yellow Light of Death (YLOD). It is a very common problem with the PS3 and is something that is caused by a general hardware failure. When Sony produced the PS3 they used lead free solder as it was cheaper and less damaging to the environment when recycled. Unfortunately lead free solder is not as flexible as leaded solder so when the console heats up and cools down hairline cracks appear in the solder joints and there is a bad electrical contact. This then makes the PS3 go through the yellow light start-up procedure instead of coming on normally. There are ways you can fix this, by reheating the solder joints using a heat gun and some flux. This may work for a random amount of time though as once you get the YLOD error you can never 100% get rid of it unless you replace the motherboard. If you look on google there are some guides out there explaining how to use the heat gun method.

However after reading the above and your PS3 is in warranty DO NOT attempt any repair yourself. Your PS3 is covered under a years warranty from Sony and they will replace the console if you get in contact with them.

You could also look at some console repair specialists on ebay and such that charge a small amount to do the repair, usually around £40-£50. If you come from the US there are lots of companies there too and I am sure they are just as cheap.

I hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

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This is the yellow light of death. It happens when the system overheats causing the solder to melt on the board. It needs to be reflowed professionally. Contact Sony if it is still under warranty. If not, check out We are a game console repair company that is BBB accredited. All of our repairs come with a 90 day warranty. Feel free to call 1-888-389-3038 or e-mail if you have any questions.

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When you turn on the light is green then goes to yello the goes to red

The console might be broken then. You'll need to open it up and have a look on the inside then.

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Also, if it was previously plugged in to HD, it might need to be switched back to SD cable. To do this switch your ps3 off, then press and hold the power button when you turn it on. It will beep once when you turn it on, then beep again after a few seconds. Once it's beeped the second time the display settings will be reset and hopefully it will show up on the screen.

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