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So I turned my PS3 on last night to download the Killzone 3 multiplayer beta. I went to the PS store and started downloading it, switched back to TV while it downloaded and left the room. I came back and the PS3 was off with a blinking red light. I turned it off and now when I press the power button it attempts to start up and stops and just flashes red.

I take it this is some sort of hardware failure but I don't know if there is an easy fix. It's out of warranty and I don't really want to pay to send it to sony. It has always been well ventilated so I doubt it overheated.

I tried turning it on again this morning and it's doing the same thing.

is anyone aware of this issue and do you know of a possible fix?

thanks.
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post #2 of 15
oh damn that happend to my 60gb ps3 last week, I bought it on launch day and spoke to sony. They said a remanufactured one is gonna cost £135. It sucks but you could try the reflow method: http://www.overclock.net/playstation...reventing.html

i know its for the yellow light but if you want you could still try. I would suggst selling it on ebay and getting the slim.
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You can fix it, but it will not last as long as a new one. I have done about 10 reflows (all successful), and 5 were to the same system. After I did the 5th one, I just bought a slim and love it. Reflowing usually just puts off the need to buy a new one. The system that I kept fixing still works, but only with my air conditioner blowing straight into the air intake. Under normal conditions, it would get the YLOD (Yellow Light of Death). I suggest doing the reflow so you can still play for a while until you save up to get a slim.
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post #4 of 15
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I'm super blown because my Need for Speed hot pursuit is stuck in it now. It won't even stay on long enough to eject.

I'll probably just take it apart and poke around a bit. I've fixed a few 360's in the past.
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I don't know about all that reflow stuff but maybe i'll just re-mount the heatsinks and see if that helps.
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post #6 of 15
swtich off at the back, leave your finger on the eject button and turn it back on at the back. should set the fans to 100% and blow all the dust out
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post #7 of 15
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Thanks, I'll give it a try when I get home.
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post #8 of 15
Blowing all the dust out at this point won't help. It has to be done before the YLOD. And reseating the heat-sinks wont help either because the damage has already been done.

A reflow is your only option to get it working at this point. It's pretty easy, just look at the Youtube guides by djwhetzel.
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post #9 of 15
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Well the fan test let me get my disk out so thanks for that. Still broke though. I don't have a heat gun for the reflow though.
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post #10 of 15
NO U CANT FIX IT CUZ SONY WIL SUU U.

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