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We have a playstation 3.it just shut down while being played.No one touched it.It was powering up for afewseconds, then shuts right down again.Is it fried or savable?thank u a 7 yr old would be happy to know either way.we hate xbox 360, and want the ps3 up and running.

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Hi MsElle,

Sadly it sounds like your system is overheating and shutting down as a precaution. Make sure your system is getting as much ventilation as possible. If your system has been getting enough ventilation it would indicate that something is causing the cooling system of the console to malfunction. It's probably saveable but i would suggest you stop using it and contacting tech support immediately.

Hope this helped,
Luchen

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