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PS3 shut off while playing Vice City with blinking red light

#1LinkinLawgPosted 2/8/2013 10:12:01 PM
When I was playing Vice City, my PS3 shut off and the light was blinking red. I know this isn't a YLOD as it turned right back on and booted up afterwards, but I didn't play a game. The system didn't fell hot neither were the fans blowing really loud. What could cause that problem?

If this helps, I was playing the PSN version of Vice City and my system is a non-BC 80GB model from November 2008.
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#2mogar002Posted 2/8/2013 10:14:24 PM
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#3Arkane DenialPosted 2/9/2013 12:20:40 AM
I had the same model, 80GB. Same scenario, blinking lights, no overheating or anything. Same as well as for others. But with us, it's for different games and we thought it was the game that does it.

3-5 weeks later, all of us have new PS3's already. You can already guess what is about to happen with yours.
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#4JiZamezPosted 2/9/2013 12:49:14 AM
Arkane Denial posted...
I had the same model, 80GB. Same scenario, blinking lights, no overheating or anything. Same as well as for others. But with us, it's for different games and we thought it was the game that does it.

3-5 weeks later, all of us have new PS3's already. You can already guess what is about to happen with yours.


Bingo. Red light shut down = You're getting hit with hardware malfunction, so start backing your stuff up now. In fact, you may want to trade that PS3 in towards a slim/super slim while it's still "working," since you'll pretty much be stuck with a ylod'd console within a few months at the most.

Somewhat related but probably not, my friend had an issue earlier this week on his slim, where it would shut off at the xmb or in-game with 3 beeps and flashing red lights after about 15 minutes from boot-up. I went to his house with my awesome electric duster (got it off amazon) and blasted his PS3 with air through all the vents and problem solved.
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#5Chocobo115Posted 2/9/2013 12:59:10 AM
yeah start backing up saves,
happened to me last summer, didn't get enough time to back up my latest saves before the PS3 died :/
#6CyborgTwentyPosted 2/9/2013 2:58:40 AM
vice city is to much for ps3s.
#7LinkinLawg(Topic Creator)Posted 2/9/2013 8:59:57 AM(edited)
OK. I wasn't hoping for a new PS3 since it's not really in my budget now. But it looks like thats what my tax return will be going to.

Does anyone know how much I can get for trading in my PS3? I can put that towards a new super slim. I'm backing up my saves now and deactivating my system so I can download my PSN stuff once I get my new one.

I'll also try cleaning out the dust. That could be it as well,
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#8LinkinLawg(Topic Creator)Posted 2/9/2013 10:07:57 AM
DOes the backup utility backup copy-protected saves? It said when I did that it doesn't. I would use the transfer utility but I would like to trade my old system first.
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#9JiZamezPosted 2/9/2013 1:54:00 PM
LinkinLawg posted...
DOes the backup utility backup copy-protected saves? It said when I did that it doesn't. I would use the transfer utility but I would like to trade my old system first.


I think it does back them up but only if it's being backed up to the same console, for instance, if you were to install a new HDD into your current PS3. No idea if it applies to a new PS3 however.

Backup utility would be your best bet but if not, you can always get PS+ (which has a promotion going on at the moment, 12 months subscription gets you 15 months) and back everything up to cloud storage.
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#10goku4ever03Posted 2/9/2013 1:59:17 PM
LinkinLawg posted...
When I was playing Vice City, my PS3 shut off and the light was blinking red.


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