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#1 EDiddy0042

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 03:25 AM

OK, so I'm sitting in my basement playing some Fallout 3 when my PS3 randomly shuts itself off, leaving a blinking red light instead of the normal green and blue. I tried turning it on and off by both the touch sensitive power on the front and the main power supply on the back and no luck. I've searched google and found too many answers to be sure of what to rely on, other than that they all say the PS3 is "dead". Some have said that removing the hard drive might work, while others recommend sending it to some random people to have them fix the problem.

My system is one of the orignal 60 gb, BC models, so I would hate to have to buy a new system that does not have BC. I am not so much worried about losing my data, as I could honestly care less about the trophies and playing through my games again would save me some money from not having to buy anything new. If anyone has experienced this same problem and gotten it fixed themselves, I would greatly appreciate if they could fill me in.

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#2 FroMann

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 03:54 AM

You can call Sony but they will charge you for a repair.

#3 StrandedBrit

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 03:55 AM

Your system is fried. The blinking red light usually means the system has a heat malfunction. Common on the old 60s.

It's either repair or new one.
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#4 Ecofreak

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 07:07 PM

OK, so I'm sitting in my basement playing some Fallout 3 when my PS3 randomly shuts itself off, leaving a blinking red light instead of the normal green and blue. I tried turning it on and off by both the touch sensitive power on the front and the main power supply on the back and no luck. I've searched google and found too many answers to be sure of what to rely on, other than that they all say the PS3 is "dead". Some have said that removing the hard drive might work, while others recommend sending it to some random people to have them fix the problem.

My system is one of the orignal 60 gb, BC models, so I would hate to have to buy a new system that does not have BC. I am not so much worried about losing my data, as I could honestly care less about the trophies and playing through my games again would save me some money from not having to buy anything new. If anyone has experienced this same problem and gotten it fixed themselves, I would greatly appreciate if they could fill me in.


If you're technically inclined, it may be worth trying to repair the system yourself as it's already out of warranty. Youtube will have lots of videos, I'm sure.

If the whole innards are beyond saving then unfortunately I guess you're out of luck. :-(
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#5 EDiddy0042

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:14 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I wish I was better with computers so I could try and fix it up myself, but I'm gonna have to contact sony and send it in to them.
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#6 DPsx7

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:28 PM

Isn't the red light just for overheating? A yellow light means hardware failure. I'd give it a try after it cools off (you weren't specific how much time passed).

If it's overheating it would certainly be smart to open it up and clean it out well. I did the same thing to my PS2 to fix a DRE (dusty lens). Repairing a yellow light at home doesn't sound hard, it's just time consuming as you need to take the console apart and run a heat gun over some of the solder points. It's up to you if your time is worth the repair fees, but at least you'll still have YOUR console and all the data.

I have a 60 model as well and so far so good. Since I'm out of warranty I will try to fix it myself before sending it out if anything should go wrong. I don't want a refurb either.

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:44 PM

I'd say let it cool down a bit. How do you have it? On a carpet, in an entertainment center, etc?

60 here as well, starting to have problems. The ethernet port is really hit or miss and sometimes the unit won't power on at all. I'll let it sit for a few minutes and then it's fine. I really hope it doesn't die. If it does, does anyone know if Sony will send me back my 60, or would they send a refurb? I definitely would not want a refurb.. If I can't have my 60, I don't want a PS3 at all.

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:46 PM

Usually, Sony will send back a refurbished unit.

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#9 EDiddy0042

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 03:38 PM

So if I send it to sony there is a good chance I won't get back MY system, correct? In that case, I may look into doing it myself.

As for my system placement, I have it set underneath my TV on a glass shelf. It's set up in my basement which is kept fairly cool year round. I also have my Wii and N64 set up on the same shelf, so maybe I should find another spot for those two systems to give my PS3 some more room. Maybe I'll try plugging it back in and see if it works again.
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Posted 25 July 2009 - 03:52 PM

So if I send it to sony there is a good chance I won't get back MY system, correct? In that case, I may look into doing it myself.


It's 99% likely you won't have the same unit back. Which is a bitch because you'll lose everything you have on there.

I've had the blinking red light of death twice on a 60GB before I had enough and switched it for a new 80GB. If you don't really use it for PS2 games I'd look into switching it out.
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#11 EDiddy0042

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 12:12 AM

AHA! I fixed it. Thank God for youtube. I took it apart myself and fixed the problem with the direction of a youtube user.
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Posted 31 July 2009 - 12:47 AM

AHA! I fixed it. Thank God for youtube. I took it apart myself and fixed the problem with the direction of a youtube user.


Care to share the link or youtube keywords?

The blinking red light is a sight that people that own backwards compatible PS3s see more than they should and any help to self remedy would be appreciated.
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#13 Ecofreak

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 12:49 AM

AHA! I fixed it. Thank God for youtube. I took it apart myself and fixed the problem with the direction of a youtube user.


Congratulations!!! :applause::applause::applause:

Which video did you watch, BTW?
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#14 EDiddy0042

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:04 AM

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The hardest part of the process is keeping everything in order so that it goes back together correctly. Just follow it step by step, pausing the video while your perform each step and it is easy as cake. I don't know if the process would be the same for any of the other models (I would assume so), but if your PS3 gets the YLOD and your warranty is void, I highly recommend using this process.
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Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:30 AM

Did you use your ps3 for extended periods of time?

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#16 EDiddy0042

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 12:48 PM

Did you use your ps3 for extended periods of time?


During my Fallout 3 and Oblivion days I could probably have had it running for 5 or 6 hours at a time. Other than that my play time was limited to 1-2 hour increments.
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Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:53 PM

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:32 PM

Nice work, I've got a refurb 60 that is starting to go into high fan mode earlier and earlier, hopefully, not in the near future, with this video I will be able to fix it myself.

#19 RedarTemaG

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:56 PM

I've only ever seen this problem occur with the 60s.. maybe it was due to poor manufacturing control with the launch of the system. My 60 went out and I did the reflow repair on the GPU and CPU and it worked again for another week (exactly 7 days) then kicked again. I re-applied thermal paste and reflowed for a second time, got it working again and when I took it home it 'beep beep beeeped' me in the face!

I've repaired 2 other PS3s and one is still working and the other isn't; I know this other guy that specializes in PS3 repairs off craigslist and he told me that EVERY reflow fix he's done on 60g PS3s have come back multiple times. So bottom line is if you haven't opened you system up already, just pay the $150 to sony to get a new refurbished system with a new warrantee. Or just buy a new 80 or 160 PS3 like I did, the newer ones are more stable, run quiter and cooler anyway. Chances are you wont miss playing PS2 games or using the memory card ports, you can buy PS2s for under $50 and you can manipulate memory still through the usb.

#20 DPsx7

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 06:37 PM

Do these people think to clean the PS3 out well? Dust is probably why they overheated in the first place and likely why the problem would repeat itself so soon.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 07:03 PM

Don't get too excited, it will die again soon. Once the PS3 has a problem, it can never be fixed permanently. If its working, best thing to do is de-activate the accounts on it, back up your saves, and move them to a new PS3. Your PS3 WILL die again, if not in a few days, then at most a month. Ive tried this fix on many PS3s, they all work for a while and all die again over and over.

#22 kiwi73au

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 02:52 PM

During my Fallout 3 and Oblivion days I could probably have had it running for 5 or 6 hours at a time. Other than that my play time was limited to 1-2 hour increments.


AHA! I fixed it. Thank God for youtube. I took it apart myself and fixed the problem with the direction of a youtube user.


Is the fix you done from the youtube video still working
I only ask cos im having the same problem with my 60 gig
and am thinking of trying it

#23 EDiddy0042

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:12 PM

Yep, this wednesday it'll be two weeks and its still running flawlessly. However, as I advised earlier, if you still have a warranty I would go with the Sony route. The fix isn't hard, though, so if your warranty is gone I would say take a swing at it. And just a note, I'm not a very technically gifted person (this was really the first piece of electronic equipment I ever took apart and put back together), so all it takes is a little concentration to perform the fix yourself.

If you do choose to take it apart, get a bunch of sandwich baggies and keep all the screws separate from eachother and place them with the part of the system they go with. Best of luck.
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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:50 PM

Yep, this wednesday it'll be two weeks and its still running flawlessly. However, as I advised earlier, if you still have a warranty I would go with the Sony route. The fix isn't hard, though, so if your warranty is gone I would say take a swing at it. And just a note, I'm not a very technically gifted person (this was really the first piece of electronic equipment I ever took apart and put back together), so all it takes is a little concentration to perform the fix yourself.

If you do choose to take it apart, get a bunch of sandwich baggies and keep all the screws separate from eachother and place them with the part of the system they go with. Best of luck.


I'm curious -- how much dust was inside your PS3 when you opened it up?
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#25 EDiddy0042

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 10:48 PM

Eh... a very substantial amount. It wasn't filled with dust, but there were little dust boogies all over the motherboard and the other pieces, and the fan had a thin coating of dust. That could've contributed to the problem
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#26 kiwi73au

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 11:37 PM

Yep, this wednesday it'll be two weeks and its still running flawlessly. However, as I advised earlier, if you still have a warranty I would go with the Sony route. The fix isn't hard, though, so if your warranty is gone I would say take a swing at it. And just a note, I'm not a very technically gifted person (this was really the first piece of electronic equipment I ever took apart and put back together), so all it takes is a little concentration to perform the fix yourself.

If you do choose to take it apart, get a bunch of sandwich baggies and keep all the screws separate from eachother and place them with the part of the system they go with. Best of luck.


Thanks Heaps
I am out of warranty with sony I live in Australia and had the 60 gig PS3 4 a couple of years
If it was still under warranty I would have taken it there 4 sure
im not technically gifted ethier


Ps (do u have the email 4 the guy on the youtube video?)

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 05:10 AM

60 gig PS3s sure do seem to have a habit of failing 24 months or so after purchase. Making me a bit queasy now that mine's hitting the two year mark.
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#28 EDiddy0042

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 03:08 PM

Thanks Heaps
I am out of warranty with sony I live in Australia and had the 60 gig PS3 4 a couple of years
If it was still under warranty I would have taken it there 4 sure
im not technically gifted ethier


Ps (do u have the email 4 the guy on the youtube video?)


Unfortunately, I was unable to find the email address. If you have a youtube account though, you could always just shoot him a PM via youtube.
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Posted 25 August 2009 - 04:53 AM

Did yours blink red then yellow at any point? Read that yellow means it is the power supply.

>>Well I see 'hardware failure' in general now. not sure which it is yet on mine..

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#30 EDiddy0042

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 01:35 PM

Did yours blink red then yellow at any point? Read that yellow means it is the power supply.

>>Well I see 'hardware failure' in general now. not sure which it is yet on mine..


If I looked close enough at the light, I noticed that it was a green/red light first (making it appear yellow) and then it would just kick to a straight blinking red. However, mine never flashed red once and then had a constant yellow.
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