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Why is my PS3 40gb blinking red? Hardware failure?

One day, back in 2016-2017, I powered up my PlayStation 3 to play terraria. After a little bit, I had discovered that it shut off! I panicked, and scrambled to turn it back on. I was greeted by a blinking red light followed by 3 quick beeps. My Red Dead Redemption - Undead Nightmare disk was in there! I tried to enter recovery mode, and nothing happened.

Luckily this year, my dad manually ejected the game disk and got me a pre-owned PS3 from GameStop. The new one works like a CHARM.

I need to know what component in the unit has failed.

Edit: My PS3 is around 10 years old.

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@ps3fanatic that is caused by overheating. Start by cleaning the fan etc. Use this guide PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement for that. If that should not resolve the issue then you have a YLOD situation going on.

Here is more information about that. The proper fix for this would most likely be a professional reball with a new IC (unlikely you can find one. Anyhow, the biggest reason for failure to reflow is not enough consistent heat. There is a fine line between reflowing and absolutely melting the solder, so one needs to be aggressive without going over board. If nothing else, get a couple of temperature probes and see what heat you generate. You also need to make sure that you apply the thermal paste properly etc. Follow the guide from here and keep on trying.

Second remember that there can be multiple causes for the YLOD:

Dead/Disconnected BluRay Drive

Cold-Joint between the CPU/RSX/EE(If your console has one)

Failing Power Supply


Corrupted NAND Flash, and multiple others. the use of this may work for a short time but the real reason for this is the design of the IC. It is a flip Chip design which has shown multiple failures for the PS3 as well as Xbox360 which uses the same design for their IC. Here is a very "quick and dirty" explanation of what causes most of the RROD. It is not always a failure of the solder balls which connect the Flip Chip BGA package to the motherboard. It does happen and you can see why [|on here] More commonly however is that the failure is due to the chip design itself.

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As you can see the "bumps" are what actually connects the die to the substrate to make the chip complete. If these bumps fail, the die does no longer make contact with the substrate and thus no contact with the circuit board. The chip has failed.

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PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement



30 minutes - 1 hour

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Yellow Light of Death Repair



1 - 2 hours

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@ps3fanatic see this old thread.

three beeps and red flashing light

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I’ll try the heat treatment, but if all else fails what do I do?


The thread says try this part:

PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit

Otherwise Sony will repair for $300.

If your air ducts are clogged with ducts, try this "fan test" to blast out dust.


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