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PS3 Safe Mode

Sony PS3 Safe Mode



If you choose to perform one of the Safe Mode options, please back up your data before attempting to enter safe mode (when possible).

Safe mode is a feature for starting the PS3 system with the "minimum required functionality" if the system is no longer able to start up normally due to an action that was taken.

In Safe Mode, you will have the following options:

  1. Restart System - Ends safe mode and starts up the PlayStation 3 normally.
  2. Restore Default Settings - Performs the same operations as [Restore Default Settings] on the XMB, and also deletes PlayStation®Network account information from the system.
  3. Restore File System - Attempts to repair all areas on the hard disk drive where files can be saved. Corrupted data may be erased if it cannot be recovered.
  4. Rebuild Database - Deletes messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information.
    This operation may take a long time depending on the type and number of data items.
  5. Restore PS3 System - IMPORTANT: All data will be lost by performing this step.
    This will reformat the hard drive on the PlayStation 3, deleting all data and restoring it to as if it just came out of the box. This is the same as [Restore PS3 system] on the XMB.
  6. System Update - Updates the PS3 system software. This can only be done with an update file already saved on an external storage media.
To activate Safe Mode, follow these steps:

Step 1: Turn off the PlayStation 3 by holding the Power button on the front of the unit till the Power light is red.

Step 2:
  1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the PlayStation 3 is powering on.
  2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset.
  3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (Power light is red).

Step 3:
  1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PlayStation 3 to power on.
  2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.
  3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release the Power button. If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, "Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button."



4. Connect a USB cable to the controller and the PlayStation 3 and press the PS button to enter Safe Mode.
5. Then you will see the Safe Mode menu.



Sony recommends performing the safe mode options in the following order until one of the options works for you. If one of the options work, do not continue onto the other options.
  1. Restore Default Settings
  2. Restore File System
  3. Rebuild Database
  4. Restore PS3 System
I hope that helps.

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- first you need to enter safe mode:

How do I access Safe Mode?

  • Check that the power indicator on the PlayStation 3 system is solid red.
  • Press and hold the PlayStation 3 system's power button for ten seconds. The PlayStation 3 system will shut down.
  • Release the power button.
  • Press and hold the power button for seven seconds. Two short beeps will be emitted and a message will be displayed on-screen.
  • Press the PS button on the wireless controller to start the PlayStation 3 system in Safe Mode.
- once in safe mode you will have the option to
Restore Default Settings,Restore File System,or Restore PS3 System (warning: the last option will erase all of your data from the ps3 hard disk drive so if you choose this option I suggest you backup your data first) for instructions on how to do that please visit this page :
https://www.playstation.com/en-au/get-help/help-library/system---hardware/storage---data/back-up-the-playstation-3-hard-disk-drive--hdd-/

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Sony PS3 Safe Mode If you choose to perform one of the Safe Mode options, please back up your data before attempting to enter safe mode (when possible). Safe mode is a feature for starting the PS3 system with the "minimum required functionality" if the system is no longer able to start up normally due to an action that was taken. In Safe Mode, you will have the following options: Restart System - Ends safe mode and starts up the PlayStation 3 normally. Restore Default Settings - Performs the same operations as [Restore Default Settings] on the XMB, and also deletes PlayStation®Network account information from the system. Restore File System - Attempts to repair all areas on the hard disk drive where files can be saved. Corrupted data may be erased if it cannot be recovered. Rebuild Database - Deletes messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. This operation may take a long time depending on the type and number of data items. Restore PS3 System - IMPORTANT: All data will be lost by performing this step. This will reformat the hard drive on the PlayStation 3, deleting all data and restoring it to as if it just came out of the box. This is the same as [Restore PS3 system] on the XMB. System Update - Updates the PS3 system software. This can only be done with an update file already saved on an external storage media.To activate Safe Mode, follow these steps: Step 1: Turn off the PlayStation 3 by holding the Power button on the front of the unit till the Power light is red. Step 2: Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the PlayStation 3 is powering on. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (Power light is red). Step 3: Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PlayStation 3 to power on. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release the Power button. If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, "Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button." 4. Connect a USB cable to the controller and the PlayStation 3 and press the PS button to enter Safe Mode. 5. Then you will see the Safe Mode menu. Sony recommends performing the safe mode options in the following order until one of the options works for you. If one of the options work, do not continue onto the other options. Restore Default Settings Restore File System Rebuild Database Restore PS3 System I hope that helps.

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Sony PS3 Safe Mode If you choose to perform one of the Safe Mode options, please back up your data before attempting to enter safe mode (when possible). Safe mode is a feature for starting the PS3 system with the "minimum required functionality" if the system is no longer able to start up normally due to an action that was taken. In Safe Mode, you will have the following options: Restart System - Ends safe mode and starts up the PlayStation 3 normally. Restore Default Settings - Performs the same operations as [Restore Default Settings] on the XMB, and also deletes PlayStation®Network account information from the system. Restore File System - Attempts to repair all areas on the hard disk drive where files can be saved. Corrupted data may be erased if it cannot be recovered. Rebuild Database - Deletes messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. This operation may take a long time depending on the type and number of data items. Restore PS3 System - IMPORTANT: All data will be lost by performing this step. This will reformat the hard drive on the PlayStation 3, deleting all data and restoring it to as if it just came out of the box. This is the same as [Restore PS3 system] on the XMB. System Update - Updates the PS3 system software. This can only be done with an update file already saved on an external storage media.To activate Safe Mode, follow these steps: Step 1: Turn off the PlayStation 3 by holding the Power button on the front of the unit till the Power light is red. Step 2: Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the PlayStation 3 is powering on. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (Power light is red). Step 3: Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PlayStation 3 to power on. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release the Power button. If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, "Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button." 4. Connect a USB cable to the controller and the PlayStation 3 and press the PS button to enter Safe Mode. 5. Then you will see the Safe Mode menu. Sony recommends performing the safe mode options in the following order until one of the options works for you. If one of the options work, do not continue onto the other options. Restore Default Settings Restore File System Rebuild Database Restore PS3 System I hope that helps.

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My sony vaio VGN-CS22GH laptop shuts doen by itself randomly. Please help


The issue may be due to any recent hardwrae or software changes and also due to any virus.
1. Remove any recently added hardware/software.
2. Try to boot the computer in safe mode. Press F8 button soon after restarting the computer to enter the advance boot option and select safe mode to boot computer in safe mode.
3. If issue persists even in safe mode, perform a system restore to an earlier time or date when the computer was working as expected. Performing system restore will not delete any data from the computer.
4. Reset BIOS to default values. (Press the F2 key after restarting the computer to enter and access BIOS).
5. Press F3 and F4 keys to reset the BIOS. or press the right arrow key until you reach the exit menu, then select the load BIOS default option.
6. Then, select the Yes option when promted, save the settings and select yes option. restart computer and check.
7. If still persists, perform a system recovery using the VAIO Care Software or the F10 recovery partition.
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