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I have a ps3 that when it starts last about 3 seconds, beeps 3 times, turns itself off amd a red light flashes on and off. What is this?

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  • meunna Apr 14, 2009

    Thanks. Will Try this.If It does not work. i'll give Sony a call. this is the first problem i've had with it in 2 years

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That is a faulty PS3 that does not complete the post because of an hardware issue, and goes in error state with the well known 3 beeps of death.

The 3 beeps are just indicating that the the playstation is doing a forced shut down with some process still running and forced to close. The error state is afterward, when the PS stays in standby because the forced shutdown was caused by a major fault.

All you can do is trying to reset the PS by leaving it unplugged for ten minutes.

If you are using HDMI cable, try connecting with a different cable (eg composite, or AV).

Try also restarting the PS with no device attached, and with paired bluetooth devices off.

If that does not work the PS# must be disassembled, tested and repaired.


Faulty parts that cause the problem are mainboard, disk, rarely wrong voltage or cut down from PSU, and any short or blown component inside the PS, or a problem with HDMI cable.


My advice is to call Sony, and complain strongly, as you have not damaged the PS or used it in the weong way.

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If however it is turning off with 3 beeps and flashing the red light then that is serious.

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