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PS3 Motherboard problem

Hi nunuk,

Saw your post saying: "Check the PWM circuit in the unit those along with drive transistorsoften fail in these supplies due to its compact size (they often cheapout with parts) also check duty cycle when it works."

Was wondering if you could run me by how to check the:

1- PWM circuit
2- drive transistors
3- Duty cycle

and were they are. I actually got 3 PS3s off ebay for quiet cheap and planned to repair by replacing and swapping parts that are faulty from the units to at least get one of the 3 running, however, to my misfortune (and this was confirmed) all the MOBOs are the one having the problems. All the HDDs, Blurays, etc.. are perfectly fine as tested and verified by a working MoBo.

Please help me. If i can just verify what on the mohterboard is faulty, i would be so excited to get my hands into replacing the faulty components.

Thx!

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You are going to have to go to System Settings and Restore your PS3, this will start you out fresh and brand new.

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If your PS3 will not fully load and you are getting a message that the hard drive is corrupted. Go through the options in recovery mode. The link below will help cover those options.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZWye1CLTVo
If you have gone through the recovery mode options then you may just need to do a full format of the hard drive or there is something wrong with the drive.

Note with a normal hard drive from time to time a sector will fail on a drive. Normally Windows will fix the this with on of the backup sectors on the drive but in the case of your console systems this may not repair the drive.

1. Next what you will need to do is remove your hard drive from your PS3. To do this you will need a small flat head screw driver to pop the hard drive cover off. You will see a tap on the right side to put the screw driver in.

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2. Next you will want to remove the lock screw that holds the drive in place. Normally it is green.

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3. Next lift up the lever and pull the drive back to the right into the open space. This will disengage the drive from the PS3.

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If you are needing the steps to remove the hard drive from the PS3 Slim go to this link. How to remove the hard drive on a Playstation 3 Slim.

Note after you get the hard drive removed from the PS3 you do not have to remove the drive from the caddy that the drive is in.

4. Now you will need to connect the drive to your computers SATA hard drive port and powersupply. Note if your computer does not have a SATA connector and/or you have a manufactured computer like a Dell or HP you may not be able to connect your hard drive directly to the computer. They make USB external kits that will let you connect the drive externally via USB.

5. Next you will want to boot your and open My Computer. After my computer is open you will want right click and select format for the drive that is from the PS3. The format options should open up. You need to make sure that the "Quick Format" option is not check. Note be sure that before you click Start on the format that you are selecting the drive for the PS3.
Note if the Full Format hangs then this is a sign that there is actually a problem with the hard drive its self.

Also note if you have the drive connected to the internal connectors it will show up like a standard drive but if you have it connected externally it will show as a removable drive. If you do not see a extra drive letter you may need to assign one to the drive the links below will help you set a drive letter.

How to change your drive letter in Windows Vista and Windows 7

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6. After you format the drive you will want to put it back into the PS3. When you put it back in you will be prompted to format the PS3. The PS3 format will setup the drive for use with the PS3.
Note you may need to reload the firmware on the PS3. If you need to do this you can get the firmware and instructions to install it from this link.

http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/pc_update/index.htm
At this point you should be able to use your PS3 as normal. If you still have trouble then you most likely have a problem with the hard drive its self.

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A Hard Drive error can be a common problem on the PS3 and this tip will outline how you can troubleshoot and hopefully resolve a hard drive problem. If your PS3 is showing signs that the hard drive is corrupted or is displaying a message asking you to restore the hard drive follow these steps carefully and you may well avoid an expensive repair or having to consign your hard drive to the bin.

Please note: Steps 8 and 9 involve erasing data from your Hard Drive. Therefore if at all possible please try to back up your data before commencing this procedure. You can do this through 'System Settings - Backup Utility' Follow the instructions given in this menu to back up information to an external storage device such as a USB Pen.

To begin the process of troubleshooting and resolving your Hard Drive error you must first put the unit into Safe Mode. Follow these steps carefully;

1) Turn off the PS3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till it turns red.

2) Hold the power button until you hear the unit beep three times. This will take 15 to 20 seconds.

3) The unit will power off on the third beep and power light will turn red again.

4) Touch and hold the power button again as in step 2. The unit will beep three times except this time the third beep will sound like a quick double beep. As soon as you hear this release the power button.

5) You will see a message onscreen telling you to "Connect a controller using USB and then press the PS button".

6) Do as the message says i.e. connect the controller and press the PS button - you are now in Safe Mode.

7) Restore File System. From this point select "Restore File System" on the menu. The PS3 will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work move to step 8.

8) Rebuild Database. Enter Safe mode again as outlined and this time select "Rebuild Database". Be aware this mode will erase certain information from your hard drive which is not recoverable such as photo and message information. If this fails move to step 9.

9) Restore PS3 System. Again enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". This will restore all defaults and completely formats the drive. Be aware this mode will erase all information from the hard drive.

If everyone of these steps fail and the PS3 is still showing symptoms of hard drive error you can be certain that the hard drive has failed and it will need to be replaced. However in a majority of cases these steps will resolve the issue.

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Please note: Steps 8 and 9 involve erasing data from your Hard Drive. Therefore if at all possible please try to back up your data before commencing this procedure. You can do this through 'System Settings - Backup Utility' Follow the instructions given in this menu to back up information to an external storage device such as a USB Pen.

To begin the process of troubleshooting and resolving your Hard Drive error you must first put the unit into Safe Mode. Follow these steps carefully;

1) Turn off the PS3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till it turns red.

2) Hold the power button until you hear the unit beep three times. This will take 15 to 20 seconds.

3) The unit will power off on the third beep and power light will turn red again.

4) Touch and hold the power button again as in step 2. The unit will beep three times except this time the third beep will sound like a quick double beep. As soon as you hear this release the power button.

5) You will see a message onscreen telling you to "Connect a controller using USB and then press the PS button".

6) Do as the message says i.e. connect the controller and press the PS button - you are now in Safe Mode.

7) Restore File System. From this point select "Restore File System" on the menu. The PS3 will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work move to step 8.

8) Rebuild Database. Enter Safe mode again as outlined and this time select "Rebuild Database". Be aware this mode will erase certain information from your hard drive which is not recoverable such as photo and message information. If this fails move to step 9.

9) Restore PS3 System. Again enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". This will restore all defaults and completely formats the drive. Be aware this mode will erase all information from the hard drive.

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4. Hold down power again, you will hear a beep and then a double beep, when you hear that double beep release the power button.
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