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Turns on, but that's about it.

Yep. Already had this problem in the past, but I'm hoping this isn't as bad as it was back then.

Basically, I turn on my Ps3, and for a few seconds everything seems ok...the orchestra-like music goes on (the theme that lets you know that the Ps3 is on), and I see the usual background (the colored one, with lines that look like whisps of smoke moving delicately across the screen).

However, nothing else happens. Meaning, no programs, no games, no NOTHING. There's simply nothing THERE.

The only thing I still seem able to do is reset it by keeping the on-button pressed down for about 11 seconds or so, but that's it.

PLEASE help me out here.

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  • ozzy_benny Feb 22, 2009

    i have the exact same problem with my ps3! i turn it on and all i see is the background theme but nothing else, no icons or nothing! can someone please fix it??

  • daz150193 Feb 22, 2009

    same its lame

  • dumondbatman Feb 23, 2009

    Uhm...sorry, could you specify under exactly which of the categories you've listed on your site is the one we're looking for?

    This is MORE than simply "not reading discs", for example. There's just no freaking MENU when you turn the thing on...but it IS on, and with a green light to boot. It even shows a blue light when you put a disc in (but of course it doesn't read it).

    I've also yet to see this "yellow light of death", so it doesn't fall under THAT category.

    I'm sorry if it seems like we need to be taken each and every step of the way here, but we just want to be SURE of what we're doing.

    Thank you very, very much indeed for helping us out so far. Please, if you can, just point us in the right direction.

  • dumondbatman Feb 23, 2009

    Oh, wow. Ok, read what your guide says there, and it DOES explain things nicely.

    Convincing one of my friends to actually swap hard drives with me is going to be almost impossibly difficult, seeing as they're pretty touchy about their game consoles (and now I know exactly WHY), least I've got a shot, besides having to wait for weeks on end for some Sony store to just give me a new one thanks to the one-year guarantee.

    Thanks a lot for all the help, man :D



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Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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    RescueTechLA Feb 23, 2009

    Take a look at my guide. Your problem is the 3rd one. You just need to temporarily swap your hard drive into another PS3. My guide explains everything in detail. Let me know if you need anymore help.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Feb 23, 2009

    Your friend has absolutely nothing to worry about. It won't change
    anything on his PS3. We're just using the PS3 as a quick and easy
    formatting tool. You could always hook it up to a computer but you'll
    need a special usb dongle.

    Best of luck!



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