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Troubleshooting PS3 Problems

Troubleshooting PS3 Problems

Looking for some tips on troubleshooting PS3 problems? Take a look at this do-it-yourself guide for minor problems with your PlayStation 3 console.
Puja Lalwani
The PS3 has emerged as one of the best gaming consoles over time, and as wonderfully designed as it is, there are likely to be some problems with PS3, just like any other gadget. Being aware of your PS3, and going through the guide given along with it, is one way of preventing all those problems. On the other hand, if you are already facing these problems, here is a simple guide on troubleshooting PS3 problems, that will help you repair the minor glitches yourself.

Troubleshooting Guide for PS3

Just like any other electronic gadget, your PS3 is also prone to developing a few problems. Some of these problems you can fix yourself. For some others, you might have to send it to the service center. Do note that the second option is a slightly expensive affair, so take care of your PS3 well. For now, here are some basic troubleshooting tips.
  • Begin by restarting your PS3. Usually, due to constant use, the PS3 may simply freeze. Turn off the PS3 by holding down the power button for about ten seconds. Wait for a minute and then restart it to see if it is functioning properly.
  • Sometimes, the PS3 heats up with continuous use. In this case you may begin to see the power button flashing. Immediately switch off your PS3, and allow it to cool completely, before you begin using it again. Also ensure that it is kept in an open area. Don't keep it on anything, or don't keep anything on top of it. It is likely to heat up sooner in such cases. Try to blow a can of compressed air through it to quicken the cooling process.
  • You may face an optical drive failure, which either means it is blocked because of a build up of dust, or that it fails to function now. Use a can of compressed air to clear it out, after switching off the PS3. Then restart it to see if it functions well.
  • Check that all the cables and cords required to connect to the network are secure, in case you are facing problems in this area. Also remember only to use a broadband connection for the PS3.
  • If you find a disc stuck in the PS3, press down the eject button for about ten seconds. This will get the disc out. Turn off the system after this so that it restores itself to its original state, and then resume its use. Remember to remove all discs before you turn off the PS3.
  • Some discs may not be recognized by the PS3. All discs you use in a PS3 are to be recorded in the NTSC format. Some other discs may require a password to be viewed. Clarify all this before you insert the disc and face problems later.
  • As is the case with any disc player, do not insert a scratched disc in the PS3.
  • For problems with the audio and video, keep in mind that the cord you use to connect the PS3 to your television should be compatible with both. The same is the case with the video setting of your television. Some video formats may not be recognized by your TV. These tips are available in the troubleshooting guide that usually accompanies the PS3.
  • Finally, if all else fails, unplug the PlayStation 3, allow it to cool, and then remove the hard drive from it. This will take care of almost all the problems you are facing with your PS3. However, you may lose certain information in the process, but it is worth a try. If this doesn't work, you may have to replace the hard drive.
As mentioned earlier, being aware of the functioning of the PS3, will help you in dealing with the problems it has (most of them) successfully, and will help you avoid spending big bucks at the Sony service center.