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My sons ps3 froze. now won't start up

My sons ps3 froze. on restarting up was told the hard drive required rebuilding. having selected ok it simply froze again and now wont start up at all. any suggestions?

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look in the instruction book for a customer support number or go to and see if theres anything that you can find there

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you can use the internet browser on the ps3 and find the pics in like photobucket or tiny pic and just save it from the web to your ps3.

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You're almost there Robert.

What the PS3 is asking for is this:

PS3 Firmware 2.60

You've got to download it and then place it into two folders like this on an external hard drive or thumbdrive or cd if that's all you got.


If you look at the instructions you'll see what I'm talking about. Make sure the folder names are all capitalised or else it won't work.

Once you have this in place press START and SELECT on the controllers and it will allow you to format the hard drive.

Let me know if you get stuck or have any more questions.

Best of luck!


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Actually only 60GB PS3s supports PS2 games. But It requires particular firmware. In first instance try updating your system, then dissable the disc autoload function, insert PS2 game, and look at the game section if your soft will recognise it. If yes just try to play

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my ps3 database for a game is at 0% how long will it be until its 100% i was going to turn off the sytem but would that make me loose my data

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Only comes on when touching the actual power button, not working when pushing the PS button on the controllers. When on, there's no menu, just the wavy blue background, after a few minutes, it says it...

Ironically this happened to me just the other day. What I ended up doing was a complete reset/format. You will lose some data so I hope you have a back up.

Press and hold the power button until the light on the playstation goes red again.
Let off the power button and press again, hold it until you hear two fast beeps.
Once you hear the beeps release the button.
Plug your controller in via the USB cable.
It will now bring you to a recovery menu.

It will give you these options:

  • estart System:
    • Restarts the PLAYSTATION┬«3 System.

  • Restore Default Settings:
    • Reset all system settings back to default.

  • Restore File System:
    • Checks for corrupt/missing system files.

  • Rebuild Database:
    • Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION┬«3.

  • Restore PS3 System:
    • Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.

  • System Update:
    • Update the PLAYSTATION┬«3 System
You CAN try restore file system but since you said it froze, it probably won't work again...but you can give it a shot. It didn't work for me. What I ended up having to do was "Restore PS3 System". This will format everything and start from scratch.

Also, another quick fix that you can try would be to pop open the ps3 hard drive case, remove the drive and plug it back in to ensure that it's properly seated.

If none of these work you may have a dead hard drive and it will need to be replaced.

I hope this helps! If this did help you, please give a thumbs up!

Thank you for choosing FixYa!

Jul 08, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hi .. i want to login to administrator in safe

If it can't start in safe mode, you've got bigger issues. You'll probably have to do an OS rebuild. First, try starting from a Windows install disk and go into the repair console. From there, run chkdsk on the reported hard drives. Then try booting into safe mode again. If it still won't, you'll have to do an OS rebuild repair.

Jul 07, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Ps3 says hard file disk corrupted and has to be restored but it just keeps doing this and has restored like 15 times and has not fixed itself. what can i do

1. Restore File System

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore File System". "Restore File System" will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work, try the next step.

2. Rebuild Database

Enter Safe Mode and select "Rebuild Data Base". "Rebuild Data Base" will erase messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. Then attempt to rebuild the PlayStation 3 database. The content that is erased will not be recoverable. If this doesn't work, try the next step.

3. Restore PS3 System

Please note this will erase all content on the hard drive and will not be recoverable.

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". "Restore PS3 System" will restore the default settings and will format the hard drive. If this doesn't work, try the next step.

4. Re-seat the hard drive

If you have replaced the hard drive in the PlayStation 3, make sure it was installed properly. If the hard drive is not seated correctly, it may cause problems.

5. Try another hard drive (if possible)

There may be an issue with the hard drive that is installed. Try replacing the hard drive with another one.

Feb 10, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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On screen - the hard disk file system is corrupted and will be restored playstation 3


If you are getting the corrupted drive message this means that you have corrupted data on the hard drive or there is something wrong with the hard drive. If you have tried the built in repair options and they do not work then you will need to format the hard drive with an externally with a computer. The link below will help you do this.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions.


Jan 15, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Why is my PS3 freezing up on me? Also how do I install more memory on my hard drive? If I play on-line do I need a security buffer on my ps3? thank you!

Freeze up can be from many things, you did not give any details as to what your were doing when it froze up, so its tough to say where the problem may be.

Second part of your don't add memory to a hard simply install a larger SATA hard drive into the PS3 (one larger than the one you have installed).

No you do not need a security buffer. It is recomended but not required.

Mar 31, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My sons ps3 is displaying he message: can not find the correct hard disc. it dose nothing else

1- Disconnect the PS3 from the internet.
2- Turn the standby switch off so the red light turns off too, then you turn the system back on
3- Then place your finger on the power button for a total of 4 beeps to access the recovery menu. It might not work on the first attempt but it will on the second.
4- The display will instruct you to connect your controller to the PS3 and press the enter button. A list of menus will appear on your display. The choices are as follows: Restart System, Restore Default Settings, Restore File System, Rebuild data base, Restore PS3
5- Select Restore Default Settings.

Nov 23, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Shut down my ps3 with the switch and now have to rebuild the hard

Ok, you will need a new hard disk. it has become severely corrupt at this time. this is basic hard disk failuer.

contact Sony for this repair.

Jun 25, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Will not load games

I had a similar problem. My PS3 did not load the disk based games. Those disk based games were not visible in the game menu.

I did not have problems with the normal movie DVDs or Movie Blu Rays. Those were working fine. Also downloaded games were working ok.

In case you have the similar problem, you should try the following steps;

The PS3 has a special Recovery Menu, which you can access in the following way;:

1. Turn off Playstation 3.
2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.
3. Once the System has been shutdown, re-press you finger until you hear 2 consecutive beeps
4. When you hear the 2 beeps take finger off power button.
5. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button
6. The Recovery menu will pop up.

The current Recovery Menu supports:
• Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION 3 System.
• Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.
• Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
• Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION 3.
• Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
• System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION 3 System

Select option "Rebuild Database".

After PS3 has executed the DB rebuilding operation, the disc games will be visible again in the menu and are starting automatically when inserted to PS3.

Mar 24, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Laptopknocked off coffee table...

ok ' I know this is not fun for you, what could have happened is that when the laptop hit the ground, the hard drive disk inside got
a ping or a scratch on it , hard to repair, hard drive would have to be replaced.

but before you do that I would take the hard drive out, and put it back in, may have just come loose from the connector.

hope thats all it is .

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