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My ps3 hangs and then shuts down with a blinking red light. It does this in the hard drive format screen(the one you reach after 2 beeps) as well. So I don't know what the problem is, can anyone help?

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It sounds like its a overheating issue or a bad HDD. Make sure that the console is in a well ventilated area and not confined area. Let me know if you have more info so I can help further. We can start a live chat also as I am a premium expert.

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Physically remove the hard drive from the PS3 console. Dust off the connectors, and gently and carefully replace it into the PS3. Very often this simple removal and replacement will fix the blinking red light problem. It may be necessary to remove and replace the hard drive several times.

If this does not work the blinking red light can only be inicative of a chronic overheating problem and will nead to be sent to sony for repairs.

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You can start by pulling the hard drive out and then power on the system.

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You can reach them @ 1-800-345-SONY

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