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My PS3 turns on and works fine for about 10 - 15 mins. it then freezes on screen. sometimes you can still hear the sound. the disc drive works fine as it still plays dvds and games.

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  • jay_ps3 Sep 29, 2008

    I dont believe its the disc, as it will freeze even when im not playing anything

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Maybe its just the one game thats broken?

Maybe try getting one of those disk cleaner things.

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