PS3 troubleshooting

Posted on 03. May, 2014 by in PS3 troubleshooting

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Is your PS3 giving you problems? All of us love our gaming consoles and expect them to work without any hassle, however sometimes it becomes very depressing when they start giving you problems. Rather than make you contact Sony, I have listed out most of the common problems which PS3 gives. Have a look at the most common symptoms and solutions which will help you gain your peace of mind again.

3 beeps and no power

“When I power ON my PS3, it beeps 3 times and blinks red light before flashing yellow light briefly, but won’t switch ON”

This is commonly known as Yellow Light Of Death (or YLOD) and is caused by overheating. It is caused due to hardware failure and can be fixed easily on your own, instead of shedding away $150 upwards to Sony.

“When I turn ON my PS3, the light changes from green to red and  beeps 3 times and does not turn ON”

This is commonly known as Yellow Light Of Death (or YLOD) and is caused by overheating. Even though your PS3 is not flashing the infamous Yellow Light Of Death, this is generally caused due to hardware failure and can be easily fixed by yourself in an hour.

PS3 Overheats

“My PS3 shows overheat message on screen and immediately shuts down”

PS3 is a very powerful console and sometimes can get overheated due to blockage in heat transfer. Usually, fan becomes dirty after long usage of PS3 which causes fan noise to increase as well. If not corrected on time, it can lead to PS3 overheating. Don’t worry though, it can be fixed easily.

PS3 can’t read discs

“My PS3 will not read game discs, even though normal DVDs playback normally”

PS3 has 2 lasers inside its disc drive. DVDs and game discs use different lasers. Since your PS3 can read DVDs normally, it means either the blue ray laser is dirty or has failed and needs to be replaced. You can fix it yourself using a professional step-by-step guide.

“My PS3 will not read DVDs, even though game discs playback normally”

As mentioned above, PS3 has 2 lasers inside its disc drive. DVDs and game discs use different lasers. In this case, your red laser is either dirty or has failed and needs to be replaced. You can fix it yourself using a professional step-by-step guide.

“My PS3 will not read discs”

You can try some troubleshooting steps on my other post, if that doesn’t help, You will have to repair / replace the disc drive lens.

“When I insert a disc in my PS3, it won’t accept it. When I try to eject it, disc won’t eject”

Perhaps the motor is weak or belt broke down. Don’t feel bad though, you can easily repair it.

 

PS3 Sound problems

“My PS3 is giving no sound at all / sound is distorted”

Try cleaning your HDMI cables, usually dust gets accumulated and leads to such problems. If it doesn’t help then it indicates a hardware problem but you can fix it yourself in an hour’s time.

“While playing a game, my PS3 stops giving sound, I can still see the video though”

Check the speaker cables properly, loose connections usually lead to such problems. If this does not fix then it might be a hardware problem but you can fix it yourself in an hour’s time.

PS3 picture problemPS3 Picture problems

“Shortly after starting/after playing for long hours. PS3 starts to pixelate / shows odd colors or becomes distorted”

Try cleaning your HDMI cables, usually dust gets accumulated and leads to such problems. If it doesn’t help then your PS3’s graphics processor is not doing its job properly. Thankfully, in most of the cases its only a loose connection to the motherboard. It can be easily fixed back to the motherboard.

“My PS3 does not show picture, only sound comes.”

Your PS3’s graphics processor is not doing its job properly. Thankfully, in most of the cases its only a loose connection to the motherboard. It can be easily fixed back to the motherboard.

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