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post #301 of 430
I thought this thread was about the red blinking light problem. I reflowed my 60GB console about a month or two ago and I was playing modern warfare 2 a few days ago when my system just shut down. But instead of the YLOD like the first time I'm getting a red blinking light. But I can reboot it and do most of the stuff on the console (play movies, blue-rays, Internet, etc.) except playing games. I was looking for any ideas on what the difference is between this symptom and the YOLD symptom. Thanks in advance.
post #302 of 430
Same problem with my 60gb original PS3, but using the online support/repair service, Sony offered to repair for $129 and when I completed the personal information an offer popped up for a NEW 120gb Slim PS3 for $99, what a deal.
post #303 of 430
This just happened to my ps3 a few minutes ago,I have a netflix blu ray stuck inside that won't eject.I guess I've been lucky compared to some though,it's a 60 gig launch console and never had problems up until now.I haven't tried any fixes yet but I will tomorrow,what really sucks is that I still play alot of ps2 games so if I have to buy a new one I'll have to get the ole' ps2 back out.
post #304 of 430
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Originally Posted by corey99699 View Post

This just happened to my ps3 a few minutes ago,I have a netflix blu ray stuck inside that won't eject.I guess I've been lucky compared to some though,it's a 60 gig launch console and never had problems up until now.I haven't tried any fixes yet but I will tomorrow,what really sucks is that I still play alot of ps2 games so if I have to buy a new one I'll have to get the ole' ps2 back out.

My ps3 died last week. I attempted to watch How to train your dragon and machine locked up. From the on wouldn't read any disk of any kind. I could eject my disc and load discs. They just wouldn't read.
I use ps3 exclusively as a media streamer and 3d player. PS3 was a three year old 40gb fat.
Did the online request for repair. It was 105 with tax. Sent it fedex yesterday and should have it back in two weeks. Gotta be a refurbished unit because they explicitly said erase everything.
Fine with me because I'll get a newer model with bigger hard drive.
Couldn't wait for repair so i bought a Panasonic 3d bluray player off Amazon, got it yesterday, and couldn't be more pleased.
But for a hundred bucks out of warranty through Sony, i was pleasantly surprised at the price for repair - still sucks though.
post #305 of 430
I'm debating what to do,since I have a 60gb model I really want to get mine fixed,seriously considering wired extreme but would like to hear more peoples experiences.The other part of me is just thinking I should buy a new slim and be done with it,I just upgraded to a 500gig hard drive but still have the original to put in it(the broken one).Is the original data still on my 60gig hard drive or did that get wiped clean during the transfer?I've read some people talk about trading in their fat model to Sony for a new slim but haven't seen anything on their site about that.
post #306 of 430
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Originally Posted by corey99699 View Post

I'm debating what to do,since I have a 60gb model I really want to get mine fixed,seriously considering wired extreme but would like to hear more peoples experiences.The other part of me is just thinking I should buy a new slim and be done with it,I just upgraded to a 500gig hard drive but still have the original to put in it(the broken one).Is the original data still on my 60gig hard drive or did that get wiped clean during the transfer?I've read some people talk about trading in their fat model to Sony for a new slim but haven't seen anything on their site about that.

For $100 i would send the 60gb to Sony and have it repaired (probably refurb swapped).
That's still a third the price of a new one excluding taxes.
Never replaced my hard drive but I backed it up to a USB drive via ps3 backup utility.
post #307 of 430
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Originally Posted by dhicks1 View Post

For $100 i would send the 60gb to Sony and have it repaired (probably refurb swapped).
That's still a third the price of a new one excluding taxes.
Never replaced my hard drive but I backed it up to a USB drive via ps3 backup utility.

I ended up making arrangements to get it fixed through wired extreme.It's 60$ plus shipping,about 80$ total.The woman on the phone said it may be 4 to 5 weeks but this isn't really a big issue for me since I really only watch movies on it and play very few games,I do almost all of my gaming on the 360.I'm tempted to get the extended warranty but not sure yet.
post #308 of 430
I've been reading through various forums about the red light of death, and I have noticed that the problem many of the posters had experienced were different from my situation. When I turn my PS3 on, everything starts up normally. I will then be able to play for a maximum of half an hour before the PS3 shuts down. That's when the blinking red light shows up. I have come to understand that this is the red light of death, but then why am I still able to play my PS3? From what I've been reading, PS3s with the RLOD start up only to shut down immediately after the power-up. I am going to buy a new PS3, but only if my issue isn't easily fixable.
post #309 of 430
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Originally Posted by RyGuyRed View Post

I've been reading through various forums about the red light of death, and I have noticed that the problem many of the posters had experienced were different from my situation. When I turn my PS3 on, everything starts up normally. I will then be able to play for a maximum of half an hour before the PS3 shuts down. That's when the blinking red light shows up. I have come to understand that this is the red light of death, but then why am I still able to play my PS3? From what I've been reading, PS3s with the RLOD start up only to shut down immediately after the power-up. I am going to buy a new PS3, but only if my issue isn't easily fixable.

That could be a sign of impending doom. The death thing for the PS3 is the YLOD (yellow light of death), but the blinking red light with a shutdown was, for me at least, a sign because it did it in the weeks leading up to the YLOD.

If I were you, I would back up the game saves as soon as I could, and make sure there isn't a disc in the system if you have a launch unit (60GB or 20GB). If you have PS+, you can copy the saves to online storage, and this works for copy-protected saves that won't otherwise be able to transferred to USB flash.

I would say to back up the whole hard drive, but I'm not sure if you can restore it to the new system. It may be worth trying, but I would back up the saves to USB flash/online storage first since that would be faster than doing the whole drive. You may not have enough time left to do a full HDD backup.
post #310 of 430
Mine 20 gig launch console just went YLOD on me. I guess I got my Money worth out of it. May try to fix it. Sony really should own up to this problem.
post #311 of 430
How much does Sony charge to fix these?
post #312 of 430
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Originally Posted by kwaidonjin View Post

How much does Sony charge to fix these?

I think Sony charges around 100$,not sure though.Whatever you do stay away from Wired Extreme,they are crooked and I've had terrible experiences with them.
post #313 of 430
$150 for a refurb phat, $100 for a refurb slim.
post #314 of 430
If your in the U.S , then the cost is $99 + tax. Im in Ohio, and my total was $105.44
post #315 of 430
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Originally Posted by MA5CMPB View Post

If your in the U.S , then the cost is $99 + tax. Im in Ohio, and my total was $105.44


DO you just go to Playstation.com and try this?
post #316 of 430
I went to Sony.com. I had a 40gig ps3
post #317 of 430
Well I fixed it my self, I followed the excellent youtube tutorial and reflowed the mother board with a heat gun and then used new thermal paste, It is actually running good. I hear this is only a 6 month fix at best. I fixed it on 8-23-2011. I will keep this updated. After I fixed it I left it on for about 14 hrs. to see if it would break again. It doesn't seem to get as hot as before. The Thermal paste I used was a high quality brand, the stuff I scraped off looked like bathroom caulk.
post #318 of 430
did a 6hr marathon of Call of duty today, still working good. Although I did glue 1 inch feet to bottom of console to give it more breathing room.
post #319 of 430
this happened to my PS3 aswell, i just got a slim, theres no way to fix it, reflowing is only temporary, it will happen in a few weeks again.
post #320 of 430
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Originally Posted by lamonsasa View Post

this happened to my PS3 aswell, i just got a slim, theres no way to fix it, reflowing is only temporary, it will happen in a few weeks again.

I hope your wrong, did about 5 hrs. of gaming today.
post #321 of 430
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Originally Posted by kwaidonjin View Post

I hope your wrong, did about 5 hrs. of gaming today.

he's not.

I'd trade her in if I was you, while the deal is good at GS
post #322 of 430
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Originally Posted by TyrantII View Post

he's not.

I'd trade her in if I was you, while the deal is good at GS

Agreed...at the very least start backing up your game saves frequently, which should be easy if you are a PLUS member. Also any pictures or songs you might have should be backed up. Good luck!
post #323 of 430
Still going.
post #324 of 430
My 60 GB PS3 got the dreaded YLOD about 20 minutes into Skyrim today (after playing about 4 hours last night.) It died on me almost 3 years ago, so it's not like I was totally surprised. I researched all the DIY fixes and opted to call Sony instead.

I could have it repaired for $129, or get a refurb 160 GB PS3 for $99. I took the refurb deal. My unit was repaired before, so basically, it was a refurb too. I will lose all my game saves (I don't care about trophies really, but I had a lot of Dragon Age Origins, DA2 and Fallout 3/ Fallout NV saves on there. Grrr.), but I will get my Skyrim disc sent back with the new unit.

FWIW, my service guy was very apologetic and sympathetic. When he heard that my new game was trapped inside, he said, "Oh man, that really sucks. I'm sorry."

So, now I wait for my coffin to arrive, and then see how long the swap takes. I'm guessing 10 days, total.
post #325 of 430
lame, just got the red blinking light of death while playing dark souls tonight (of course after a nice long farm session), is there any decent known fix to this? I'm way out of warranty and wouldn't mind trying to fix it because I have some pretty crazy saves i'd like to retain
post #326 of 430
Sorry to hear Sonnies



Heat gun fix, it's only temporary, but you'll have a chance to save your saves and backup the copy protected ones to PS+.

Check out my Phat thread for what i did.
post #327 of 430
Happened to me a week ago, just broke down and bought the UC3 bundle. Anyone have the number to Sony for repair handy? I figure I'll try to get a refurb I can give to my Nephew for Christmas.
post #328 of 430
yeah I think i'm just gonig to say screw it and break down and get a slim, will lose my awesome Fallout 3, GT5 and Demon/dark souls saves, but whatever, I don't really care not worth the hassle and my 80gb is really old anyway, I think i bought it in late 2007? Guess it will give me a chance to re-fall in love with some older games I haven't played in a while
post #329 of 430
A new slim will be in my hands shortly, as well. The thing that still kinda pisses me off is the loss of ps2 compatibility. Sony could argue that I should just get another ps2, but hey...I would argue, maybe you should have built consoles that can actually stay alive for 1 generation, Sony?!...and stand behind your product to repair it on your dime if it doesn't. GFYS, Sony.
post #330 of 430
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

A new slim will be in my hands shortly, as well. The thing that still kinda pisses me off is the loss of ps2 compatibility. Sony could argue that I should just get another ps2, but hey...I would argue, maybe you should have built consoles that can actually stay alive for 1 generation, Sony?!...and stand behind your product to repair it on your dime if it doesn't. GFYS, Sony.

i thought i'd care about BC as well, but honestly I don't think i ever once used it, and I bought my 80 gig for that reason (well that and the 4USB ports + SD and other card slots which I actually DO use)
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