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The most common thing that will make a ps3 freeze is overheating problems. If it freezes on a regular basis you should look into purchasing an external fan for your ps3 such as http://goo.gl/y6WZ5.

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Put PS3 in horizontal position, clean the dust with a household vacuum or pressurized air. Make sure there is 10 cm gap around PS3. And NEVER use intercoolers - this can be the cause of overheating, because instead of cooling they don't let internal system to function properly. Also turn off Information Board (this totally useless feature can cause freezes too).

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A lot of things can cause it to freeze, if it has been jarred a lot it might have knocked something loose, or more likely it is overheating. Also if you have installed a lot of demos or other programs it can cause the operating system to become corrupt.

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hi there,
it sounds like your ps3 is overheating, this happens more often with games cause they use more graphic power than a movie does thus causing the gpu chip to overheat and freeze on you. It could also be that your hdd is not slotted in fully and this can cause it to freeze also. what you can try is to make sure the fan at the back is well ventillated, clean it of any dust and make sure that its working. remove all cables too and check that none of them are damaged and make sure they are connected properly to the ps3 and tv. Do not play a game for at least half hr after you have done all this, just to make sure it's cooled down and put your ps3 in an open space to allow plenty air to get in at the back if you have not already done so. if the console is still freezing when you try it again, then try removing the hdd and put back in again to see if that's what is causing the problem. Be sure to backup any data on the hdd 1st tho as you will loose this if you going to remove the hdd. you can use the backup manager on the ps3 itself to do this. Hope this helps

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I can, it depends on what's causing your issue. Freezing is usually caused by heat and or a failing blu-ray drive. After it's done restoring take the PS3 outside and spray the vents with compressed air.

Let me know if you still are experiencing freezing after that.

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How is your ventilation for the PS3. Beings the unit is so new, I would look into how well the PS3 is breathing. My friends PS3 gets pretty warm and the air needs to move pretty freely for it to operate efficiently. Just an idea of what could be causing the freezing for you. Hope this helps!!

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perhaps your ps3 need a firmware update...enter in sony official website and download your ps3 latest firmware...check if your ps3 hdd is ok...bad hdd´s can cause game freeze...

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This is a common problem with the PS3. sadly you cant do anything for it. The only think you can really do is to get your PS3 replaced cause sadly your PS3 has suffered dome physical damage for sure.

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You are having a heat problem caused by dust build up. You need to get some canned air and blast it out from the front and right side. Just stick the little straw into a bunch of random holes and let it rip. 80-90% of the dust will come out the back and help you out. Also, make sure you do not have it in an enclosed area on an entertainment center shelf. If for some reason the PS3 dies, call up Sony and get it replaced. Hope this helps. Good luck and happy gaming!!

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