folks, this is shit you need to be aware of. since i bought mine secondhand, i am very aware of this stuff and wanted to pass along. here are some signs your ps3 is dying:
– not playing dvds
– freezing games [not fallout 3]
– if your ps3 beeps. during boot up this is normal, or when you’ve installed some software. if it’s doing so during a game, you may have a problem
– when your ps3’s regular green light turns yellow
– when your ps3’s green light will suddenly turn to orange and then keep blinking red light
if any of this happens, and you haven’t done it already, BACK UP YOUR GAME DATA. you will do nothing more important in your life. buy a new external hard drive, from somewhere like future shop or best buy. don’t get it from a place like factory direct, since i’ve done so and had them die on me. finally, if you have them, don’t forgot to deactivate all your shared PSN accounts. failing to do so means you can’t use them on your new PS3.