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Ps3 powering problem

When i turn my ps3 on it comes on for about half a second then a white or yellow light then turns red and just flashes

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  • mikejones176 Aug 19, 2008

    i turn my ps3 on the green light comes on gose yellow then flashes red

  • fredit24 Nov 12, 2008

    I have this same problem. the light will turn to yellow then green, you can hear the fan kicking in, then a second or two later it kicks out and the red light begins to flash. We just bought it like an hour ago to, so it's not overheated, and it is free from any obstruction. I have tried it on a few different oulets to...same response.

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    my system has been in the open air for the last 2 years that I have own and have been playing it, suddenly when it's -20 outside and bout 60 inside the house the playstation overheats? how is this possible and when is Sony gonna stop charging people for flaws in workmanship...system overheat suggests poor ventalation which could have been adressed in the design process...wouldn't that make sony responsible for fixing defective units in the same way microsoft did with the 360?

  • dodos21 Feb 14, 2009

    I was online waiting to start a game and it suddennly turned off.When i tried to switch it on the same problem appears.It turnsfrom green to yellow and then blinking red!

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This is similar to the red blinking lights of death on the xbox360...it seems your cell processor has overheated resulting in a cold solder joints or worse bridged solder involving the BGA array...The Ps3/WII/XBOX360 all use lead-free solder which tends to to weaken and crack.
I have had some success in fixing these albeit limited. sony charges 150 plus state tax and sends you a refurbished unit.

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