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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So I'm sitting around watching a blu-ray movie the other day when all of a sudden the video freezes up, then my PS3 reboots into a flashing red light. When I turn it on I get three quick beeps, and I also hear the fan kick on and stay on at the usual speed and sound. I suspect it's the power supply, as after taking my system apart I notice a faint burnt smell coming from the power supply. I've been looking around for replacements, but I'm not sure what version to get, or if this is even the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

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golbeze10, if your ps3 froze up, it will triple beep on a forced shutdown. The flashing red light and an "automatic" shutdown means your PS3 overheated. Most likely the GPU or CPU have overheated and experienced failure. This is probably caused by the constant heating and cooling cycles which causes thermal stress in the lead free alloy, which is used for the BGA of your GPU and CPU. You could try to either attempt a reflow, or have a reputable person/company do that for you. With a reflow, you keep the same alloy balls, it just reconnect (reflow)the cracked contacts. Since you are continuing to use the same alloy, you are running the risk of loosing connection of the solder again at a later point. Safest thing to do, would be to reball your processors, since you are now replacing the BGA with new solder.

Of course, do check your PSU, anything is possible and you may find a bad diode and/or capacitor inside the PSU as well. There is a good guide to the reflowing on here and here as well. There is more info about the reball on here. I do hope this helps you out somewhat.

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