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The system shut itself off and when I turn it back on the light goes green, yellow, then red right away. The book says overheating but I do hear the fan run. The system has not been on since yesterday.

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These symptoms are known as the yellow light of death. Your best bet at this point is to send it in for repair. Sony charges $150 for out of warranty repair as do most repair shops. Good luck...

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