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PS3 start-up problem

Ok from what i've seen. no one has this problem. or has not bothered to post it.

when i start up my PS3 sometimes it works and gets beyond the 'wave of death' where it will freeze up in the menu. other times if i listen very closely i can hear it try to start, but it won't. it makes a small whirr of start up noise then a little click and nothing. i had a computer with this problem once, but restarting the computer worked fine, but with the playstation i just get one of the two start-ups above. if it has been unused for a long time it will start up and play a game. one game. if i try to play another back to the problem stated. i want to know if this is something i can fix on my own. it is a 60 GB ps3 with the backwards capabilities

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  • Tuan Vu
    Tuan Vu Jan 17, 2009

    i have the same damn problem it wont go past the wavey thing ffs any1 have a solution to help me -.-

  • psshells50 Jan 17, 2009

    it will start up fine but when i put in the game in won't start. If I take it out and put in a couple of time it might work.

  • kaanyboy Feb 21, 2009

    yeh myn doesn't get past that fing wavy thing aswell and it's really cheesing me off :@

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Hello. Try swapping out the hard drive. This is fairly common and I have seen the same symptoms before. Just pull out the hard drive and buy one just like it or even upgrade a bit up to 100GB, and replace it. When you start it up again, it will prompt you to reformat the hard drive. Do that na dit should start up just fine. Thanks!!

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