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Ps3 red light of DEATH......when i go to turn on playstation3 on i get a green light then beeps flashes yellow thenback to red flashing on and off whats wrong??????

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  • esahcjv94 Aug 08, 2008

    same issue! idk what happened. the system just froze and turned off on me during the middle of a game, and whenever i try to turn it on i get the same thing you get. i looked through the manual, and it said that turning the system off by using the switch in the back before turning it on standby could cause it to malfunction, and the red flashing light could mean that it's overheating. i'm pretty sure that's not it though. 

  • chipguy2 Aug 08, 2008

    yeah it's not overheating becuz i just turned mine on and it just froze then i hear BEEP BEEP i was like what the **** just happened and it was beeping red and i tried turning it off in the back right after that happened the game is still in there and everything not to mention the ****** wouldn't play blu-ray or ps3 games already i have a 60 gig does anyone know if that was the problem?

  • Anonymous Aug 10, 2008

    Same problem here if anyone has a solution please post it

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    Yes same problem 60gig ps3 everytime I turn it on it just freezes up and I have to turn it off by the switch at the back. When it first happened it flashed red turn yellow and turned off, now it just freezes.



    Any help.......

  • r8drsordie Aug 15, 2008

    I tried to play a movie and when I turned my play station 3 on the power light come on then turned red after beeping three times. I tried turning it off for 15 seconds. the turning it back on and holding down the start button down until the green light stood on but that did not work! It happened once before and all I did was turn it off in back and let it set for a day. The next time I turned it on, it worked with out a problem. Now I can't get it to stay on! It keeps on flashing red and will not work!! Some one help!!!! I don't want to send it in to Sony so they can charge an arm or leg to fix it! If any one knows of a repair place near Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park, Alhambra, Ca., PLEASE let me know!! Thanx, R8DRSORDIE

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This is a system failure. It is caused (from my experience) by a break in one or more of the circuits in the motherboard. The break(s) need to be located and the solder and/or bad chip needs to be replaced. It is a tedious process, but if you have a multimeter, a soldering iron, flux, solder, ALOT of patience, and an electronics background, you could do it yourself in a few hours!! Or you could call Sony and try to get it fixed for free, or you could sell it for parts and get a new one. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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