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No Start up menu when system boots. Only screen with start up sound and SONY emblem, then just background with no menu option

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  • fortunajacob Dec 22, 2008

    My problem in most likely hard drive related and I am sending my system in to Sony to be fixed or replaced.



    Thank you for the try.

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Hi,i was on the main menu of black ops,when from nowhere this white screen appears.it was there for 30 min,thought it would go away then i swithed of the ps3,i switched it on again,but there was no...


The GPU overheated. Most likely fried, but you can try to let it sit for a few hours and see if it will boot again.
On an outside chance, you may try resetting the video options when you boot up the system. To do this, press the power button until it beeps once a second time. This will reset the video options and restore functionality if the problem is software related.

Feb 28, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 wont go to the start menu it just pauses with the background


SAFE MODE:

1. Place you finger on the on/off sensor leave it their until you console turns off then take you finger off the sensor.

2. Place your finger back on the on/off sensor leave it their until you hear 2 consecutive beeps then take your finger off.

3. Once the safe mode screen comes on select the option PS3 SYSTEM RESTORE.

NOTE: A PS3 system restore will delete all data except the OS. I recommend backing up your console onto a USB flash drive if possible.


Good Luck!

Feb 22, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hi all, never experienced this problem before and didn't come across it anywhere. so when i turn my ps3 on it starts up with the ps3 logo screen and then goes onto the background scenario and thats...


Not really an idea, but a theory. It sounds like your system can not load the user interface, and beyond trying a different hard drive, this is beyond my experience to fix. I suggest checking some message boards and perhaps calling Sony. Keep me informed on what you find, as I will be looking as well.

Nov 01, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 turns on and shows the wavy background for the home menu screen but no menu icons show up. Nothing on the controller changes anything and icons never come up. The wavy colored background is there...


This problem is because your PS3 software has become corrupt. The following steps will cure the problem but you will lose saved games and all other data. Your trophies will not be affected as these are stored by the Playstation Network.
Step 1. Turn your PS3 onto standby (Red light on)
Step 2. Press and hold the power button. It will beep as soon as you press it, beep 5 seconds later then beep once more 5 seconds later and then turn back to standby. Release the power button.
Step 3. Press and hold the power button again. It will beep when you first press it, beep again 5 seconds later and then beep twice quickly. Let go of the power button as soon as you hear these two beeps.
Step 4. The PS3 will start up asking you to plug in a controller with a USB cable and press the PS button. Do this and it will boot into the recovery menu.
Step 5. Choose option 5 (Restore PS3 system). This will re-install the PS3 software and restart the console.
Step 6. When the PS3 restarts you will be asked to enter the time and date and other information. When the setup is complete your PS3 will boot into the home menu normally.

Hope this helps

Aug 11, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i start my system it boots up and goes to the


You may have restarted during an update otherwise, contact sony support.

Apr 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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No battlefield 2!?!?


Hi...
You'll need to do a quick format in your systems menu

If you can save game data to a card , do that 1st

Apr 19, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My son's PS3 won't automaticly start the game anymore, it just goes to the options menu after the "Sony Computer Entertainment Screen" I can't make it boot the game any suggestions?


On the Xbox360, there is an option in one of the menus that lets users choose either to boot straight to the game or not. I'm sure the PS3 would have something similar.

Dec 04, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i turn my ps3 on it only shows the background. no users.


Hi, this sounds like a problem with your hard drive booting up. This seems to happen alot with the PS3s. Try taking the hard drive out and putting it in another PS3 and see if it does the same thing. If it does then your hard drive is damaged and needs replaced.

Aug 11, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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No menu


Try booting it up without a game in it. It will autorun a game, and skip that screen.

Check your sound connections to your TV, also you will have to select the proper Sound Out in the sound options. Make sure its set for the type of cables you're using.

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

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Playstation 3 80 GB will not boot up to start menu


If you can get to it without it freezing use the System Restore function under:

System->Settings>Restore PS3

If you can't get to it because of freezing you should put your hard drive into another PS3. It will see it as a new drive and prompt you to format it. Afterwards put it back into your PS3 and it will do the same thing again.

It doesn't matter which PS3 yours or the one you put your hard drive into, they're all the same as far as the process goes.

This will sort everything out.

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