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Nonresponsive ps3 I turn on the console and I get a green light on the front and one little blip of the hard drive light and about one or two seconds where it seems like everything is running, then it all goes quiet. If I put a dvd or a game in the drive, the blue light turns on, but that's it. I have no audio or visual, which is not a problem with the cables as I have also tested it with my cables which I know work. Any ideas?...I'm stumped.

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  • GTRacer Aug 04, 2008

    Same here - I get the green light/HDD flash/hard lock every so often but I also get normal powerups and then a random freeze requiring a power-down. It will freeze on the XMB, in a PS3 title, a video, or PS2 title.

    Yes, my Blu-Ray drive will accept and eject a disc even when it's acting up. I think the BD has its own controller board so it doesn't depend on the main unit to run the mechanism.

    Every once in awhile, video freezes but everything else continues. For example, in FFXI I can type commands and hear the results but the screen won't update.

    I initially thought it was overheating, since it only happened after some time powered on. I cleaned the system thoroughly but now it locks up sooner, sometimes. It has even locked up on the first powerup of the day.

    It has *NEVER* done what overheating is supposed to do - flash the red light and power down automatically. And the system is in open air with all vents clear.

    None of this happened until shortly after I updated to 2.41 FW (never did get 2.40). I managed to keep it alive long enough to get 2.42 also but there's really no difference. I have not modded this system nor tried any kind of software/FW based exploit. Totally stock, latest FW.

    System is a launch-month 60GB with about 2,000 hours of use.

  • plambey Aug 04, 2008

    GTRACER i have the exact same problem as you, and its only started since i updated to version 2.42 i think..........your problem been resolved yet?



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