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The three beeps

My game come on for about 30sec then beeps three times,whats the problem

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  • torgsrus Sep 14, 2008

    I have the same problem, and the light blinks red.



  • joebig81 Sep 14, 2008

    its the ps3

  • torgsrus Sep 14, 2008

    The rear swich turns on, the front switch turns green, then yellow, the blinks red and beeps three times. Thats all it dos it won't start. It doesn't matter what game it's the same for all. I think it's the hard drive or power supply?

  • Calristian Sep 14, 2008

    I have a similar problem. It started in the middle of playing Disgaea 3. But now it won't even give me 30 seconds before shutting itself down. It won't eject the disc either.

  • joebig81 Sep 15, 2008

    my playstation system is the problem it comes on but it turns off with the flashing light red

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What else is happening?

What game is it? Is it only this game?

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

  • Stoffinator Sep 14, 2008

    Well I know its the PS3. But what game is doing this? Does the PS3 do it with any other game? You have to be more specific with your question.

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