I'm asking this question on behalf of my poor gamer husband who is at work, but is about to have a freak-out over this. Our PS3 has been freezing a lot lately, especially while playing Fallout 3. Yesterday my husband tried a different game out for the first time (Sonic Unleashed) and it froze during that game as well.
Another problem we're having is that when we try to turn it off via the power button on front, or from the PS3 button on the controller, it won't turn all the way off... the screen goes blank, but the green light keeps blinking.
We tried shutting the power off on the back switch, and we thought we fixed it. It reformatted the hard drive last night, and apparently there was some corrupt data (which we deleted). However, when playing Fallout 3 this morning, it froze up again (during a computer hack, not during VATS) and would not unfreeze, so I had to turn the power switch on the back off again.
Now it will turn on, but not everything will load on the main screen. (Not the game, but the menu screen for the actual PS3). The little spinning arrow thingies just keep spinning.
What the heck? Has this happened to anyone else? Please help!
Oh, and my husband works at a Gamestop and still can't figure this out. We'd really like to avoid paying for it to be fixed or for a replacement, since money is kind of tight right now.
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PS3 constantly freezes, sometimes when playing games, sometimes when power on few minutes, or the worse case shutdown itself : Those symptoms means hardware errors. But trouble shooting is not easy : Most gamers think there are CPU overheat problem but actually not the reason. You need some killer methods to fix and test it. Do you know it's just waste your time and money if you send to somewhere repair - because the same problems will be back after then. The best way is to learn the repair techniques of yourself. There is a PS3 DIY Repair Guide: The author use text and video to show you how to use your hands to open your console and do some maintenance and fixes, at last you are amazing that why you can do that yourself. The best part is you can help your friends too!
PS3 freezes between game and xmb screen are suffering to many gamers. But trouble shooting is not easy : Most gamers think there are CPU overheat problem but actually not the reason. You need some killer methods to fix and test it. Do you know it's just waste your time and money if you send to somewhere repair - because the same problems will be back after then. The best way is to learn the repair techniques of yourself. There is a PS3 DIY Repair Guide: The author use text and video to show you how to use your hands to open your console and do some maintenance and fixes, at last you are amazing that why you can do that yourself. The best part is you can help your friends too!
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when u r done playing and u want to turn ur PS3 off, keep holding the PS button u will see some kind a small menu asking u wither u want to turn off the system or the controller u go with the Turn off the System, thats how u should turn it off, DON'T U EVER shut ur PS3 off by pressing the power button, and about the Freezing thing i want u to turn ur Ps3 off totally NO LIGHT ON, now keep ur finger over the EJECT button and then turn ur PS3 ON buy pressing the 0/1 button from behind, ur PS3 wil make a very loud noise this will make ur ps3 clean it self automatically with no need to open it and get over the freezing thing
have fun :)
Make sure there is 6 inches of airflow around all sides. More than likely it is over-heating and freaking out.
Also, if that is the case, and it is new-ish (within the 30 day return period) then I would recommend exchanging it. Even if it overheated once, it could damage sensitive parts inside causing the issue to repeat.
Is it new?? Maybe you got one of those editions which were put in kiosks in best buy or stuff. They crashed every 20 minutes and sony said it was "On purpose to keep gamers from playing all day and give other people a chance to play" or sort ....