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Ps3 will turn on for a few seconds then turns off and red light flashes

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This is an indication that tells you that you have to allow your console to rest for a while.
Normally, after prolonged use, the system is bound to experience some heating problems especially if it is not given enough space to be well ventilated.
In this case, what you have to do is to give it some time to rest and if possible change its position to one where it would have enough ventilation.
Also, it is important for you to know that if you continue trying to use this console without allowing it to cool down, you would permanently damage the console and this would require you sending it back to the company for repairs.
In summary, you have to leave it off for a while and give it enough room to ventilate and cool down.
Hope this post was helpful?

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

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