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The playstation three is turing on, but it isnt sending anything to the tv and the control isn't connecting to it.

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  • evanworks7 Mar 02, 2009

    When you mean off, are saying when the power signal is red or completly off. And as for the power button, from the front or back?

  • evanworks7 Mar 02, 2009

    Update: i'm pretty sure i just did the manuel reset but but still the tv is blank and the control are not reading the system.

    More info: the ps3 is 14 months old, didn't not have any problem previously and have not installed any updates resecently. it was working sunday morning, but that afternoon this problem occured

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    errm i have the exact same problem ?
    how did u fix it ?
    i'm in the mood to chuck it out the window :@

  • daniel_hasse Apr 09, 2009

    what does it mean when it says the hard disk must be formatted and how do i do it?? also my system wont read my controlls



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First thing to try is a manual video reset.

While the PS3 is off.

Hold down the power button until you hear the second beep, quickly release.

Let me know if this solves your problem and we'll proceed from there.

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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    RescueTechLA Mar 02, 2009

    Allright well Sony says to try different cables, tv, etc. but I've never seen that fix the problem.

    You could also try booting without the hard drive to see if you get any kind of change, but it's not likely.

    Majority of the time it's the Video Processing Unit on your machine that is to blame.

    It's a similar to the xbox RROD problem.

    Basically the unit gets too hot and over time the RSX (video) losses contact with the motherboard.

    Problem with the PS3's is there is no easy method to fix it like the xbox.

    Sony will probably be the only ones who can address it.


    Hope this helps.



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