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Playstation cannot start

On start up screen show cannot start, incorrect hard drive the hard drive as never been changed or even touched

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Your harddrive may be failing, When you turn on the PS3 the harddrives parttion sector is read ...this is where info for your desktop and icons is kept. if your hardrive has bad sectors it will result in an erratic mannner such as what you are describing. goto a local gamestop or friend and get another harddrive. insert it into your ps3 and see if that works...but remember all info get deleted off the hardrive

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My ps3 is the one that plays both ps3 and ps2 games and it says cant start cannot find correct hard drive


1. turn off system completely (this means the switch on the back)
2. hold touch sensitive reset button down till you hear 3 beeps, than let go.
3. hold down touch sensitive reset button until you hear 2 beeps and a double beep.
4. follow on screen directions, choose what option you want (i pick 3, it
seems to work the best)
5. follow on screen directions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0e-oO6l9kk

Mar 09, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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How to access Safe Mode on Playstation 3.


Execute safe mode when the PS3™ is experiencing the following symptoms:
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, the XMB™ menu is not displayed (only the wave screen background appears)
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, nothing appears on the screen
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, a message stating [The hard disk's file system is corrupted and will be restored.] is displayed > [OK] > Restore operation > Restart
    Original message is displayed again or the system stops during restoration.
  • When the PS3™ system is started up, a message stating [The hard disk's database will be rebuilt.] is displayed > [OK] > Rebuild > Failure > System stops while formatting hard disk drive.
  • The system stops while restarting after a PS3™ system update or while updating or rebuilding the database. The situation does not improve even when the system is restarted.

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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."
    safemode1.jpg //
  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.
    safemode2.jpg //

Step 4: We recommending 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
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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.

on Oct 11, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 got a screen say " your hard drive has Ben


Hello, i suggest doing the full restore and not the quick one,this usually takes about 10 hrs or so.If it still is showing corrupt then you will want to replace the hard drive which is located on the side of the unit,however you will want to have a usb thumbdrive with all of the ps3 update info downloaded which is available for free at playstation support .com.

Feb 21, 2011 | Sony PlayStation 3 40GB System

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My ps3 displays a red screen and says to contact tech support. How do I fix this.


You CAN NOT fix this yourself.. Have you been switching outputs at all? It normally happens when you are trying to set your display options, however, incorrectly.

You can try to change your hard drive: (very unlikely that it will solve your problem)

When you replace your hard drive, you will need to have the latest firmware on a

usb stick. Download the firmware from the playstation official website onto a usb

stick. Once prompted by your system you will need to insert the usb stick into the

PS3.



You will need 2.5" Sata Hard Drive.


If this doesn't work, you WILL need to send it in to SONY and not a 3rd party technician.

Sorry.


FYI: Over the hundreds of PS3's we have repaired, this issue is one we cannot solve.

Jan 25, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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The screen would only show the waves but not menu. Tried unplugging everything and restarting. No good. Tried holding start button down till it beeped and then it prompted to plug in contoller. AFter...


Your HARD DRIVE (aka: Hard Disk), located on the left side of the unit, has crashed. You will need to replace the HD.

When you replace your hard drive, you will need to have the latest firmware on a

usb stick. Download the firmware from the playstation official website onto a usb

stick. Once prompted by your system you will need to insert the usb stick into the

PS3. Good luck..



You will need 2.5" Sata Hard Drive.

Jan 16, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation won't work


that usually only happens when the hard drive was taken out and a different one from a different ps3 was put in its place... the ps3 doesnt recognize the info on the hard drive that was written by a different ps3.

Jan 24, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation 3 Screen falling apart


your GPU is broken

You need to contact sony and tell them your Graphics card is broken, They can fix it for you but normally at cost if its out of warrenty

changing the HDD has no affect on the display of the PS3

Jun 15, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation 3 does not start


Your hard drive has probably crashed.

Get any 500gb and below SATA drive that is 5,400 rpm.

Swap the drives, and follow the on screen instructions.

You'll be back in business in no time.

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Jun 15, 2009 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) Console

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Playsation 3 stuck on screen


the hd is dead and need to be replaced, not a really hard task to do, you can even check youtube for videos showing how to do it.

replaced my 60gb for a 120gb drive

Nov 25, 2007 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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