PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 (or commonly known as the PS3) is the third home computer entertainment system produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, and the successor to the PlayStation 2. It was released November 11, 2006

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Why does my PS3 turn off after the lights flash?

When I turn on my PS3 I get a quick flash of green, then yellow, then red. The red light continues to flash until you touch the power button again, and then it turns off. What could be causing this?

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Well Sir, lucky for you, all is not lost. You are suffering from what is commonly called the "Yellow Light of Death", or YLoD. This is most commonly caused by overheating of the processor, causing the solder joints to break, essentially "cutting the brain from the body" of the PlayStation 3. But, it could be something else. If the power supply is faulty, you will also get this same error.

To tell if it is the motherboard or powersupply that is at fault, turn the console on, and listen carefully. If the fan starts to spin up for a second or two, and then the console "Yellow Lights", then you have a motherboard failure (it takes a second for the console to realized that it is broken). If the fans don't even start up, but as soon as you push the button the console yellow lights, you likely have a power supply issue.

Also lucky for you, iFixit has solutions to both of these issues. We offer a Yellow Light of Death Fix Kit and a repair guide, which contains all of the necessary tools and information to repair the Yellow Light of Death. However, be warned, this is not a guaranteed fix. Some folks say that they had to repair their PlayStations several times, while others say that they only had to once. It can depend on the damage done to the console, as well as the time spent re-flowing the motherboard.

We also offer replacement power supplies, and guides for installing the power supply.

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Thanks for the help I thought my power cord did not produce enough power or the voltage was to high

by Tanner Wheeler

i have ps3 model no.cecha06 on turn off red light indicater what is problam

by jabeerkhan

This type of repair is permanent?

I saw on youtube some people putting in flux bga chip, it is necessary?

by Shimamoto

I was a Micro-Miniature repair technician in the Navy, however currently I lack the facility and tools that were at my disposal. Glad to see you have a kit with everything in it to (hopefully) fix my PS3. You guys are a lifesaver!

by Adam Chastain

I own a ps3 and after 3 or 4 years I begin to experience an annoying problem. Its when turning on the console, you'll hear the fan turn on and light is flashing and then in seconds graphics appear on screen, two beeps and shuts down instantly. Each time I turn on console, 2, 5, too 7 seconds - 2 beeps and console shuts down. Now I think the hard drive has crashed because when console finally turns on, the OS repairs its self but stops in the middle of the process and goes back to beginning of the process. Need suggestions of remedies (two consoles with same problem) also in the process of another...

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I would suggest you open up the ps3 and clean it out, as well as put new thermal paste on. This was helpful for me http://vkrepair.com/ps3-flashing-red-lig...

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Your PS3 is suffering from the YLOD (Yellow Light of Death) It signifies hardware failure, and can be caused by a number of problems. What happened prior to this? For more info about the problem, look at the answers to Is there only one cause of the ylod.

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i repaired my console and it worked but only for 45 mins then ylod again i used arctic silver thermal paste as it states it better than ceramic. now after reopening my console a suprise was waiting not what i was thinking. i could see where i had spread the thermal paste on it and in some places it had connected and in others not even touching. i will definately be doing it again with 1 thing in mind........ make sure the thermal paste is thick enough to be joining both surfaces. which confuses me as one guide said a grain of rice of thermal paste another said a pea sized amount and im thinking an after 8 could fit in the gap. about 1.2gram on each which is about a third on each should do it if not im selling it for parts

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Yea sounds like yellow light of death... give this a shot.

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Well what u have here is called the yellow light of death or also called (YLOD). Here is a couple ways to tell if it is a power failure or the motherboard malfunction. If you listen carefully well you turn on the system if you hear the fans turn on then the system turns of after a couple seconds that is a motherboard malfunction the system will realize that the system is broken. But if you turn the system on and the fans do not spin and turn on then you have a power failure. That could happen when your power cord/the AU 3 pin power cable gets damaged. Another way a power failure could happen is when the power from the power cable can't pass through the system and reach the main power circuit. But you got lucky there is a way you could fix this. You could get the PS3 repair kit or you could bring it to Gamestop or a system repair place and they will take a look at it.

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go on youtube and watch how to fix it thts wat i suggest xxx

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Just go to GameStop and and ask them to look at your PS3. Then tell them that you have been having the YLOD problem. And then they will look at your PS3 and they should tell you that your PS3 has been over heated and that your PS3's motherboard is fried. If your motherboard is fried than you just need a new power transfer.

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ylod or overheating can be cause by a few variables such as dirty fans and dusty heat sinks or solder joint cracks or an improper flow but seeing as how you'll never know about the improper flow or solder joint cracks its best to assume that its dirty.

so the process of elimination begins get a few cans of air remove cover and all the essentials and spray the heavens out of it wait for about 30-45 mins and spray again wait for another 20 min then power on if all is well then resume playing if not then we have eliminated the dusty inside.

reflowing the mother board can be quite tricky to do applying the proper heat to properly flow the solder joints together again can be a timely and costly repair if done wrong so I would suggest to carefully review about 4 youtube videos about reflowing ps3 mother boards and take the average time they say in all videos total example if video 1 says 15 min video 2 says 25 min video 3 says 20 min and video 4 says 15 min then the average time would be 17-20 min

but once again nothing you are attempting to do is gonna be a guaranteed fix for these systems depending the year they were made has a life expectancy of 8-10 years.

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