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My 9yr old son's ps 3 when starting up doesnt go past the ps screen - no icons or anything showing. tried switching on and off with no effect, 3 months out of warranty! have seen option for PS3 restore by OvErLoDe which appears best option but appears to loose all his saved stuff - any other suggestions?

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  • ian_abbott Aug 06, 2010

    thanks for your help - will try out when I get home but you're top of my sons favourite friends list now! cheers,



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The only other thing I could suggest is if you know someone else with a PS3, to put your drive into thier PS3 and try booting up. If it does boot then you would then be able to back your stuff up on a USB stick, put your drive back in your PS3, do a PS3 system restore and then retreive your backed up data. The only problem with this method is that your friends PS3 has to be on the same firmware as yours is, otherwise he will have the same booting problem.

I hope this helps

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Hi Ian, unfortunately it's a frequent problem and when you get stuck like this there's nothing you can do. I'd just go straight to the recovery menu and see if it'll work, other than that the only chance is to contact Sony technical support but most probably you'll get a refurbished PS3 and they're gonna ask you about 120 USD for the fix. Yes, it's true that if you're going through the recovery, you'll lose alla your saved stuff, but your son won't lose his trophies, because are stored online, which usually are the most "precious" thing for PS3 gamers.
To access the recovery menu, do this: Make sure the PS3 is turned off Press and hold the power button on the PS3 it will power on then power off. When it's off press and hold the power button again until you hear two consecutive beeps. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try) It will ask for the controller to be connected via the USB cable, Turn on the controller and you will have access to the menu. Be aware that you may lose all of your previously saved data (NOT trophies, they're stored online so don't worry).
Thank you for using Fixya and for rating my solution if you find it helpful. Peter_Rei

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  • ian_abbott Aug 06, 2010

    Peter - many thanks indeed for taking the time to respond - my son will be adding you also to his xmas card list!

  • Mauro Aug 06, 2010

    LOL ian (-:
    well, I hope it'll work, otherwise feel free to ask for more help!!


  • gr8twhitesha Jul 30, 2011

    i did what you said and now nothing pops up help



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