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My ps3 turns on but wont go to menu screen just a screen

Just get a screen with a wave in it

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  • bran1983 Dec 11, 2008

    my playstation is freezin and only thing i see is wavy lines

  • sweener12345 Dec 11, 2008

    yea mine does the same thing. all it does is go to the wavy lines.  but now its just going to a black screen.
    help!!!
     i heard home came out today by the way

  • tfurstenau Dec 12, 2008

    Yes all I get is the wavy lines. Who can fix this?

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    my ps3 turns on it beeps but does not goe to the menu at all not even wavy lines

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    when i start up my ps3 it starts up on the system update screen then turns off at 60%. It does the same thing every time i start it up

  • zhamilton24 Jan 15, 2009

    When i turn on my Ps3 it doesn't just shows me the wave with no icons or anything.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    does anyone know how to fix this problem. I get the wavy loading screen with no icons behind it. I have tried holding the power button but, that dose not work. What is the next step????:(

  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    pls can u help me fix it pls

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    i turn my ps3 on but it doesnt come on the screen and i can still hear it so it isnt linking to y screen all the plugs anre in and there are no loose wires can you help me??

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    When i turn on my Ps3 it doesn't just shows me the wave with no icons or anything

  • bhar57 Feb 23, 2009

    I have the same problem,when I turn on my ps3 it gets stuck on the wave screen.Is it a prob with the hard disk? 

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    hey when i turn my ps3 on it turns on But not on my ps3 and how do i solve that

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    When turn i on, it will say scea, but after that it gets stuck at the wave screen and wont do anything

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    my ps3 will turn on then go straight to a green screen with a wave pattren

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    when you say both buttons what does that mean?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    i turn on my ps3 it goes to a black screen then thats it wat do i do cos da green light is still in

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    i turn on my ps3 it wont let me turn on my controller wont show my internet just shows a pink backround and does nothing

  • REECE10 Apr 18, 2009

    my ps3 will turn on but screen just stays black

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    I just get waves plus there isn't a menu and also what do you mean by "BOTH BUTTONS"

  • Aaron-3 Apr 30, 2009

    when you say ''both buttons'' which two buttons are you talking about? Someone help please!

  • shimmy123 Apr 30, 2009

    pavsoor you are a legend it worked! myboyfriend was going metal right now and he re-set hard drive and it has loaded. thanks a million. :)

  • harrydays May 01, 2009

    When the system powers up it freezes with the wave lines on the screen

  • tharsan635 May 04, 2009

    hey i have the same problem where i am unable to start the ps3 via ps3 controller i have to manualy turn it on, and once i do turn it on just the wavy background screen comes up with no menu screen in plain site, i pretty much cannot do anything ive tried holding the on button for couple seconds to hear 3 beeps but still nothing...any help willbe greatly appreciated

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    so does holding down the 2 buttons actually work if u the screen is stuck with the wave will that fix it


  • Justin Washburn May 11, 2010

    try this not sure if itll work but when you turn the system on hold your finger on the power pad til it beeps. lemme know what it does.

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First turn on the main power and then pres BOTH buttons at the same time then u will here 1 beep the another beep and the 2 fast beeps and at that moment u LET GO and hese options will pop up after click number 3(restore file) ...wait then it will say mabe some-think about your hardrive corupted click the PS button any then click ok with will restore it and it will restart your system i might say the say thing again about ur hardrive but click ok again and when it restarts you will see all your icons and your hardrive will be fixed !................thank you.Pav

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

  • rayan azar Nov 28, 2012

    it stops at 46%

  • rayan azar Nov 28, 2012

    can any one help?

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Everybody i have figured out how to fix it listenin carefully! first turn on the main power and then pres BOTH buttons at the same time then u will here 1 beep the another beep and the 2 fast beeps and at that moment u LET GO and hese options will pop up and i think u have to pick number 3 to fix it hope it works for u guys to = )

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

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    benny_boy99 Jan 19, 2013

    Hey buddy, I tried it and it didnt work :(... Is it becaus I have a PS3 slim

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For the people that tried pavsoor's solution, and epically failed. Reset the ps3 system........hold the on button until it beeps and then beeps twice, and you get those options. Then go to the second last, or last one "reset ps3 system" and from there, your ps3 will work, but you will data, and will lose you old memory. but its okay! at least you will start off fresh, for those who got far in MW2, im sorry, but your hard work will be alll gone!

Posted on Feb 20, 2010

  • ace794 Sep 18, 2010

    Thank you man!!! ur awesome!!! i was so scared my ps3 was broken

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    benny_boy99 Jan 18, 2013

    I will try it, but I dont want to lose all of my data in my games :(.... But I guess it'll have to do if I ever want to play my PS3 again, Thank you.

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GeekGod posted a solution that worked for me when I had the same problem:

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=ps3&message.id=3462625

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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What 2 buttons

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Press the power button and the disc ejector until it beeps then the screen should say press your ps3 button on the controller and it will restore promised your welceom peopole

Posted on Dec 03, 2010

  • Azangel1 Jan 04, 2011

    Thank you everyone! What worked for me was holding the power button down until it turned completely off. Then holding both eject and power down until you hear 3, then 1, then 2 quick beeps. Then let go and it will tell you to attach the controller via USB and then press the ps3 button on the controller. Once you do that there will be a menu and choose "restore ps3 system" and follow the instructions. We had no data to lose so this was fine, I'm so happy it worked!! Hopefully this won't be an ongoing problem :/

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    rotc_gurl Jun 15, 2013

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!@!@!@ It worked!

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This happened to me... we just got a black screen, no main menu, but could hear sound. We held down the power button on the front until it shut off... gave it about 10 seconds, turned it back on using the power button on the front then it prompted us to select a video relolution setting... not sure if this will work for everyone but did for us.

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If restoring doesnt help but sorry your hard drive has failed you. 2.5 inch sata note book hard drive is used you can find them pretty cheap online, slap it in ps3 will reformat

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I did the thing pavsoor said and restored it but when the screeen came up again it said that same thing and ive "restored" it three times now and it still wont work. idk what to do- help!!!

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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I tried em all. And. The one that worked for me is the one that azangel1 posted. Thank you so much

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I just now fixed mine. When i got to safe mode i went to reset default settings with my av cable in. Did not lose anything at all!!!!!! Went back to display settings after pluging the hdmi back in and turned it back to hdmi.

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    Alison Schuster Jan 03, 2016

    Got stuck on my background pic. Almost gave up hope! I was on the last level of Dante's inferno on Hellish mode when hubby NEEDED to play GTA. He kept saying we had to do a complete reset. THIS WORKED! THANK YOU!

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    Alison Schuster Jan 03, 2016

    Btw, I didn't need to switch to AV. Left it as HDMI on accident and it worked fine.

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I jsut got mine for christmas last year from my dad and its refurbished got mine from gamestop just wondering if u could help me fix it. its comes on but all that comes on is the screen for files have been corrupted but i renteda game earlier in the day and it worked fine but now since i turned it on it wont do anything and then its not complete it goes to a black screen can anybody help me thanks.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013

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    Chris Butler Mar 16, 2013

    i jsut got mine for christmas last year from my dad and its refurbished got mine from gamestop just wondering if u could help me fix it. its comes on but all that comes on is the screen for files have been corrupted but i renteda game earlier in the day and it worked fine but now since i turned it on it wont do anything and then its not complete it goes to a black screen can anybody help me thanks.

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My ps3 turns on but its just showing a blank screen? Help!

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THANK YOU!!!! IT WORKED!!!!!!!

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SOURCE: my ps3 turns on but wont go to menu screen just a screen

Ok I had the smae problem, did trouble shoot with sony who had me reset defualt setting. Then wanted to charge me 149.00 to fix, So I went to you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pjjnz0AlMk , and the had me turn system off and then on , hold button on PSP3 system down for 3 beaps the light stays red , then take your finger off and hold for 3 beeps the first beep dosen't count. their will be a menu pop up and select menu item 3, and it will tell you your harddrive is corrupt, select restore, I had to do this twice and now my palystation is working and I don't have to pay Sony a dime. Check You tube for issues, I found a lot of great help there. Hope this fixes this for you as well.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: ps3 will not go to main menu

Have you tried a Database Restore from Safe Mode? :o)

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.

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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SOURCE: My PS3 turns on to green light but nothing comes on screen

After the system boots up, hold your finger down on the metal spot where you normally turn it on. it'll completely reset all settings & hopefully set to the proper video output.

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SOURCE: PS3 won't even show the menu screen

I suggest trying to reset the system by turing the system off first. ( Do not cut the power switch off in the back of the system). Then hold the on button for 3 beeps. See what happens.

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SOURCE: my ps3 shows nothing but background waves, wont load main page

unplug PS3. Wait 10 minutes and turn on.
do the same with the power supply.

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