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Ps3 freezes and turns off

When i turn my ps3 on its ok for a couple of seconds, but then it jumps and then freezes. The console then beeps and turns off on its own. The red light then flashes when the console is off. Can anyone help me? Thanks

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Most of the times, it is a problem of connection with your hard drive or the hard drive itself is broken.You can quickly fix the PS3 by carefully re-setting the drive.

In order to do this, you need to take out the hard drive and then once out, replace inside the PS3 the same way. Usually this is the answer to the Ps3 blinking red light problem. If the red light does not go away by applying thus method, you will have to get a new drive

the next you can follow if this does not work, in case you do not want to buy a new drive

To do it, when PS3 is on standby, hold the power button until you hear 2 beeps.

If it does go onto the video output screen, turn it off again using the
power button and once its back on standby, try holding the power again
until you hear the double beep.

Check if you see this screen and try to do a system restore (note: you will lose your profile data here, since currently you do not have option to take a backup)
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else a better option could be to give the ps3 console to Sony for servicing in case you are under warranty period, however they would not repair your device and send it back to you, they send you a refurbished device in replacement to your console

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

  • tooth_pick21 Feb 23, 2011

    i did this but after i restored i started up my ps3 set the language, date, and then it froze and shut off again. does this mean i need a new HDD?

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