What does blinking red light mean?

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#1 Posted by booges192 (37 posts) -

My PS3 just started acting up right now. It worked this morning. Now I turn it on, makes a beeping noise with a green light like it normally does, but then 2-3 seconds later the system sounds like it shuts off n I get this blinking red light. N it keeps doing this even when I shut the power from the back. Does this mean my PS3 died? I have the MSG4 80g bundle. Thx.

#2 Posted by dk00111 (3123 posts) -

This website would probably help you a lot.

#3 Posted by i_noseworthy (1581 posts) -

My PS3 just started acting up right now. It worked this morning. Now I turn it on, makes a beeping noise with a green light like it normally does, but then 2-3 seconds later the system sounds like it shuts off n I get this blinking red light. N it keeps doing this even when I shut the power from the back. Does this mean my PS3 died? I have the MSG4 80g bundle. Thx.

booges192
Watch it very carefully when you turn it on. Is there a series of three beeps, and then a flash of a yellow light before the blinking red? If so, you have the ylod. No big surprise, given that it's an older 80gig. The old models are dropping like flies. If it's only the blinking red light, it means a general problem with overheating. turn the console off from the back, unplug it, clean all the vents with a vacuum, then try it again. Might work, might not.
#4 Posted by megaspiderweb09 (3686 posts) -

Adding more to what the above poster said,it could also be that the console is not getting enough power(electricity)

#5 Posted by Ryan_Som (2340 posts) -

Yeah...your console's dying and/or soon to be dead. Sorry dude. Same thing happened to me last night, no joke (80GB BC MGS4 bundle model). Luckily, I got it from Best Buy and paid the extra $50 for the Product Replacement Plan. I have just under a month left on my 2 years extra. Woohoo! Going to trade it in for a Slim this weekend.

#6 Posted by AgentZero225 (1718 posts) -

Calling Sony is your best option. Doing anything else might void your warrenty or they might not fix it if your messed around with it outside of Sonys policy.

#7 Posted by MURDA_B (2879 posts) -

when it blinks red its over heating

#8 Posted by lordfalsus (527 posts) -

yea you need a slim fashooo

#9 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
i unplugged behind my 60 gig ps3 vacumed the vents plugged it back in and it still shut off and flashing red rebuilded the hard disk, restore the file system and none of those things worked i had it for a year what else should i do
#10 Posted by Crossel777 (5639 posts) -

Sounds like yet another incoming YLOD to add to the many dead fat ps3s.

#11 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
if there is anyone out there can u tell me what 2 do and my ps3 is also a slim i got it off of ebay and the person i got it from has opened it before thanks and i think the graphic chip in the ps3 went because i see pixels while i'm playing assassin's creed brotherhood but it takes a long time 2 shut off when i play assassin's creed but when i play MW2 it takes like 5-10 minutes for it 2 shut off
#12 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
can u tell me how 2 fix the red light of death problem thanks
#13 Posted by urdead18 (3630 posts) -

can u tell me how 2 fix the red light of death problem thanksdoomkiller97

I got YLOD on my old fat 80GB BC model and this is how I fixed it:

1.) Put it in a box with the vents facing out.

2.) Take a hair dryer and turn it as hot as it goes.

3.) Move hair dryer along the back vents for 5 minutes at a time, taking 1 minute breaks between applications. Don't keep the hair dryer in the same spot, have it constantly moving in a constant motion. Do this 3 times for a total of 18 minutes including breaks.

4.) Let it cool for 30-45 minutes, turned it on and got my Demon's Souls game save, I was so happy :).

I've seen PS3s work for 3 months+ after YLOD with this method.

#14 Posted by doolindesperado (296 posts) -

that's some pretty creative thinking

#16 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -

[QUOTE="doomkiller97"]can u tell me how 2 fix the red light of death problem thanksurdead18

I got YLOD on my old fat 80GB BC model and this is how I fixed it:

1.) Put it in a box with the vents facing out.

2.) Take a hair dryer and turn it as hot as it goes.

3.) Move hair dryer along the back vents for 5 minutes at a time, taking 1 minute breaks between applications. Don't keep the hair dryer in the same spot, have it constantly moving in a constant motion. Do this 3 times for a total of 18 minutes including breaks.

4.) Let it cool for 30-45 minutes, turned it on and got my Demon's Souls game save, I was so happy :).

I've seen PS3s work for 3 months+ after YLOD with this method.

I can confirm this works , although I only did it to retrieve the data via transfer data utility , I wouldn't recommend relying on this , as it's sure to break on you again.

#18 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -
^ Unfortunately I dont know cause I don't have a wii but if you need anything related with the ps3 or the 360 I can help you.
#19 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
RoOodriGowW i vaccumed the vents of my 60 gig ps3,rebuilded the hard disk, restored the file system and when i was going to rebuild the hard disk it said the hard disk was corrupted and needed to be restored so like i said i restored the file system and both of those thing did not work can you give me other options thanks
#22 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -

RoOodriGowW i vaccumed the vents of my 60 gig ps3,rebuilded the hard disk, restored the file system and when i was going to rebuild the hard disk it said the hard disk was corrupted and needed to be restored so like i said i restored the file system and both of those thing did not work can you give me other options thanksdoomkiller97
What do you mean by rebuilding the hard disk?I vacuumed my ps3 and it was working normally afterwards , what I did was buying another ps3 and then I used the feature 'transfer data utility' where you connect 2 ps3s via ethernet cable and transfer all the data from the old ps3 to the new one , it should also be said that if you wish to transfer anything downloaded from psn you should first deactivate your account in the old ps3 and activate it again in the new one , after it receives the data.

#23 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
what i meant for rebuilding the hard disk is i held down the power button for 5-t0 seconds switch it off from the back once on standby mode (power button is solid red) then hold the power button down until you hear 2 beeps
#24 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -

what i meant for rebuilding the hard disk is i held down the power button for 5-t0 seconds switch it off from the back once on standby mode (power button is solid red) then hold the power button down until you hear 2 beepsdoomkiller97
So you vacuumed , then tried to rebuild the database but it wouldn't work , it told you to restore the system , you restored and even so it said that the data is corrupted?Also , if you care about your data you shouldn't restore the system , unless you have a backup , cause otherwise it'll delete everything.Rebuilding database on the other hand only deletes messages and info about ppl you met online , so it should smooth your psw after you do it.I'm just teeling you this because i'm trying to understnd why you did those things , it didn't bring you to the XMB after you vacuumed?

#25 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
what's XMB
#26 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -

Cross media bar , the main menu of the ps3 , after you vacuumed and waited for the ps3 to cool and turned on your ps3 did it bring you to the main menu or to another screen?

#27 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
yes it did
#29 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -

k , so after you vacuumed it worked , why did you rebuild the database , to smooth the system maybe? even so that shouldn't corrupt your hdd , now an interrupted system restoration could do that , that's what happened?

#30 Posted by clr84651 (5515 posts) -

Your PS3 wasn't getting enough ventilation. Either you didn't keep the vents dust free, or you put it somewhere that seemed like it was enough ventilation but wasn't.

#31 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
yeah i put it in my entertainment center a year ago
#32 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
after i vacuumed it and i tried it after i let it cool off and it still did the blinking red light and also when i play assassin's creed brotherhood or any other assassin's creed for the ps3 it takes a while to turn itself off but when i play modern warfare 2 it turns itself off after like 15-20 minutes and i thought it would work to rebuild the database i think it's the hdd that is not responding
#33 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -
after i vacuumed it and i tried it after i let it cool off and it still did the blinking red light and also when i play assassin's creed brotherhood or any other assassin's creed for the ps3 it takes a while to turn itself off but when i play modern warfare 2 it turns itself off after like 15-20 minutes and i thought it would work to rebuild the database i think it's the hdd that is not respondingdoomkiller97
Oh now I get , unfortunately rebuilding the database would only help to prevent an error as big as theese blinking lights , it can fix ps3s that freeze oftenly for example but anyways , the hair dryer method is only a temporary solution , I did it to make the ps3 last long enough to transfer the data to a new one , theres no permanent fix.
#34 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
i played assassin's creed brotherhood for like hours and it didn't turn off but modern warfare 2 it turns off in like 15-20 minutes why is it doing that
#35 Posted by Chaos_Bladez (5801 posts) -

[QUOTE="urdead18"]

[QUOTE="doomkiller97"]can u tell me how 2 fix the red light of death problem thanksRoOodriGowW

I got YLOD on my old fat 80GB BC model and this is how I fixed it:

1.) Put it in a box with the vents facing out.

2.) Take a hair dryer and turn it as hot as it goes.

3.) Move hair dryer along the back vents for 5 minutes at a time, taking 1 minute breaks between applications. Don't keep the hair dryer in the same spot, have it constantly moving in a constant motion. Do this 3 times for a total of 18 minutes including breaks.

4.) Let it cool for 30-45 minutes, turned it on and got my Demon's Souls game save, I was so happy :).

I've seen PS3s work for 3 months+ after YLOD with this method.

I can confirm this works , although I only did it to retrieve the data via transfer data utility , I wouldn't recommend relying on this , as it's sure to break on you again.

This works? I'm not doubting you guys it just seems odd. How does it work exactly? I'd think that since it overheated, that making it hotter wouldn't help.
#36 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
when i play assassin's creed it takes a while to turn off but when i play MW2 15-20 minutes later turns off
#37 Posted by moondoggey (544 posts) -
same thing happend to me today i just went out and got a new one ............
#38 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
i don't have a wii and what gig was the new one that you just bought
#39 Posted by Crossel777 (5639 posts) -

[QUOTE="RoOodriGowW"]

[QUOTE="urdead18"]

I got YLOD on my old fat 80GB BC model and this is how I fixed it:

1.) Put it in a box with the vents facing out.

2.) Take a hair dryer and turn it as hot as it goes.

3.) Move hair dryer along the back vents for 5 minutes at a time, taking 1 minute breaks between applications. Don't keep the hair dryer in the same spot, have it constantly moving in a constant motion. Do this 3 times for a total of 18 minutes including breaks.

4.) Let it cool for 30-45 minutes, turned it on and got my Demon's Souls game save, I was so happy :).

I've seen PS3s work for 3 months+ after YLOD with this method.

Chaos_Bladez

I can confirm this works , although I only did it to retrieve the data via transfer data utility , I wouldn't recommend relying on this , as it's sure to break on you again.

This works? I'm not doubting you guys it just seems odd. How does it work exactly? I'd think that since it overheated, that making it hotter wouldn't help.

The common cause of the YLOD is not because of the heat alone. It's the hot and the cold over a long period of time which makes the solder crack up which then disconnects the CPU/GPU whatever from the motherboard. Using a hairdryer or heatgun basically melts the solder on the motherboard so it reseats itself. Or something like that. :P It wont stay fixed forever though.

#40 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
is there a solution to fix the RLOD
#41 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
the graphic chip in my ps3 went what do i do
#42 Posted by Crossel777 (5639 posts) -

If your graphics chip went dead then theres nothing much you can do other than get it fixed by Sony/third party or get a new PS3.

#43 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
it didn't go dead it still works but i just see pixels in my games
#44 Posted by OfficerLeach_ (419 posts) -

I HAD the same model...it went out the same way NOV 2010 R.I.P

#46 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
mine is a 60 gig
#47 Posted by RoOodriGowW (3309 posts) -

[QUOTE="Chaos_Bladez"][QUOTE="RoOodriGowW"]I can confirm this works , although I only did it to retrieve the data via transfer data utility , I wouldn't recommend relying on this , as it's sure to break on you again.

Crossel777

This works? I'm not doubting you guys it just seems odd. How does it work exactly? I'd think that since it overheated, that making it hotter wouldn't help.

The common cause of the YLOD is not because of the heat alone. It's the hot and the cold over a long period of time which makes the solder crack up which then disconnects the CPU/GPU whatever from the motherboard. Using a hairdryer or heatgun basically melts the solder on the motherboard so it reseats itself. Or something like that. :P It wont stay fixed forever though.

That's what I heard too. i myself am very fond of that theory that the same thing that breaks also fix , like thunders to the head in movies , hitting your broken things until they work , so if heat is what caused the death , it's what will bring life too.Obviously I'm joking , but yeah the story about melting the solder back into place is what the whole thing seems to be about.

#48 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
go on youtube and type in nintendofangirl and check out her videos she is fricken hot
#49 Posted by Chaos_Bladez (5801 posts) -

[QUOTE="Crossel777"]

[QUOTE="Chaos_Bladez"] This works? I'm not doubting you guys it just seems odd. How does it work exactly? I'd think that since it overheated, that making it hotter wouldn't help.RoOodriGowW

The common cause of the YLOD is not because of the heat alone. It's the hot and the cold over a long period of time which makes the solder crack up which then disconnects the CPU/GPU whatever from the motherboard. Using a hairdryer or heatgun basically melts the solder on the motherboard so it reseats itself. Or something like that. :P It wont stay fixed forever though.

That's what I heard too. i myself am very fond of that theory that the same thing that breaks also fix , like thunders to the head in movies , hitting your broken things until they work , so if heat is what caused the death , it's what will bring life too.Obviously I'm joking , but yeah the story about melting the solder back into place is what the whole thing seems to be about.

That's crazy but at least it makes sense now. :)
#50 Posted by doomkiller97 (35 posts) -
can you tell me how to fix the rlod problem