PS3 Problems – Most Common Playstation 3 Issues

The PS3 or Playstation 3 is one of the best games systems on the market. Like with anything, once it is played repetitively, it is possible to have mechanical problems. Here are the most reported problems and possible fixes. Before one throws away good money on repairs, they should see if it can be fixed by themselves. Here are common problems:

PS3 Yellow Light Of Death

If you are the proud owner of a Playstation3, at one time or another you will experience the yellow light. The ps3 yellow light of death, is not as bad as it seems.  Before rushing off to the repair shop, check the unit out. There are basically three reasons why you will get this yellow light, faulty power supply, hard drive error or unit overheated.  Unplug the unit from the wall and from all other connections and let it sit. Most of the times the yellow light will go out when it is plugged back in. If the light is still on try replacing the power supply and finally the hard drive. If the ps3 yellow light of death does not reset, you can try fixing it yourself following this well made tutorial.

PS3 Red Light

Playstation 3 problems including the red light are common. After a unit has been broke in, it is possible to get the red flashing light. This light means your unit is overheating. The overheating is coming from the CPU or the GPU. Oftentimes, turning off the system and resetting it will take care of the problem. However if this problem remains, you may want to consider attempting to fix it yourself following this guide which has proven to be a permanent fix for many.

NetFlix Error

One of the great things about the PS3 is the ability to stream NetFlix on it. When you are getting the Netflix cannot connect error, it can be an easy fix. This usually happens after the system does a necessary update. It can easily be fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling NetFlix and resetting the passwords, this will usually fix the problem.

PS3 Slim Problems

PS3 Problems are basically the same in nature, but once in a while a machine will get a unique problem. The units tend to ultimately have a cooling issue. The number one problem is the machines ability to properly cool itself. Many people have found that by placing them on top of a laptop cooling table it also solves the Playstation 3 problems.  A great deal of the overheating problems is being caused by the location of the system. Those who do not allow their units to have proper air intake can find themselves with a large problem. The unit needs air to circulate inside and out to be able to properly cool it.

Network Problems

Trying to connect to the internet has caused a great deal of problems when using the PS3. What is often found is it is not the game system or the internet connection but the router. To check this simply plug the system strait into the modem and bypass the router, this will usuallly fix the problem.

Controller Issues

PS3 Problems are not the only issue, there are often controller issues. Whether it is blinking lights, no longer in sync or blue tooth problems, they are usually fixable. While controllers are not expensive, simply connect the controller via USB controller charger. While it is connected press the PS button. After this is done simply remove the lead and the controller charger and the issues should be fixed.   HDMI Issues-

Most people can set up a PS3 with no problems, but when it comes to the HDMI they are infamous for trouble with PS3. The first thing would be to play around and try a few settings, or HDMI inputs. If this does not work and you are sure that you have the right input, then try holding down the systems power button. While holding it down for more than 2 seconds it will double beep. This should be done while the system is off and should help and reset the problem.

 

If any of your Playstation 3 problems remain, this PS3 Lights Fix website offers well made video tutorials on how to fix just about any problem you may have with your system. Give it a shot before you bring your PS3 to some repair shop that will end up charging you triple what this membership costs.

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  1. Cameryn says:

    My ps3 fell, now nothing comes up on the screen when plugged in to the tv. the power comes on, just a blank screen. Could it be internal damage? Should I reboot console? Should I bring in for repair? Or should I wait for ps4 to come out?

    Ps
    Can this be sold for parts? Or worth any money to trade in somewhere ?

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  2. cramer says:

    Put a disc in, it’ll take it, but nothing works. I tried a lensencleaner hoping to clear the dust inside it. if I eject the game and reload it, about the 40th time it starts working.

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  3. gothiclily says:

    i need help my ps3 is acting up and i don’t know what to do. so i would push the power button on and it would turn on but when it comes to the picture, it doesn’t show up…so im wondering if its the ps3 or the wires to the tv hook up ?

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  4. Levi says:

    Hi, I would turn on my playstation 3, it would cut off with a flashing red light, I would have to hold down the power button and press it again, it turns on, them goes back flashing red. This will happen about 10 times before my machine starts up. Please help

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  5. Glen Dunn says:

    Whenever i put in a game my ps3 seems to read it and then wants to eject it. The game doesnt pop up on the screen

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  6. Bryan C says:

    My PS3 take a long time to read the disc for games ( with no message or error popping up ) !! My NHL 13 game is not playing right at all!! An it was before all this happened. It seems the ony game it can play ( eventually ) is the Doom Trilogy disc. Also my recharger doesnt seem to be charging either. An I dont play my PS3 for very long either, maybe a 2 hours at night ! I could really use some help with this !!!!

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  7. Sean says:

    I been trying to logon to Battlefield 3 today and keep getting an error when system error logging on! It’s Feb. 6th 2013 @ 10 PM PST! Thanks

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  8. Francisca Gandhy says:

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  9. Toni says:

    So I got Bioshock and I tried downloading it. But it wouldn’t load at the loading screan. I found some help that told me to uninstall it and then to not download the update in the beginning. So I did that but it didn’t work. After that I just gave up on it. Now my ps3 won’t play any disk… What do I do!!!??? Please help.

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  10. Thomas says:

    my old tv died and i cant afford a good new one so i went from hdmi to old 3 cable thing. When i swtich the ps3 over i cant see anything and i bought a new cable thats not it. help?

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    • Tyler says:

      You need to go to settings on the ps3… Unfortunately, you will need too use your hdmi on a hdmi compatible tv.0, on settings you can change it to the original three cable thing…. Hope it helps

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  11. help my ps3 just keep on blinking the power button on off and i cant turn it on

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  12. nicholas says:

    help my ps3 is just blinking the power button off and on again and again it will turn the screen green and turn off what should i do please reply thank u

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  13. jimmy says:

    ps3 keeps freezin up on hitman absolution??????????…why?

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  14. buddy says:

    my ps3 turns on but it won’t make it to the screen named any ideas

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    • steve says:

      i had same problem, went to buy a new audio-vidio cable at gamestop. they told me to try hitting power button (u’ll get a beep keep holding till u get another beep then let go. this will reset system. try that or new cable

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  15. Diego says:

    My ps3 ask me to update the software n I did then the ps3 showed me t+at the file system is corupted n needs to be reset,n tells me when is done the system will reset..now the same message keeps showin up n it wont let me trough……please help

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  16. wallace says:

    my ps3 want play games the circle indcator just keeps spending around olso my system is the older model help pls.

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    • shaun says:

      i has it twice so here is what you do get a bottle of air(used to clean keyboards) then carefully spray around system and it should be fixed for a year or two but when it happens again send it to the company.
      Warning you may have to lose all your data.

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      • shaun says:

        I forgot to say that if your PS3 is a special cd (not blue ray) or a PS2 reader then DONT use the PS2 or cds on it because mine is one and there have been lots of reports like yours about it

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    • shaun says:

      DONT use the CDs or PS2 discs in it because that messes it up

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  17. moe sh says:

    i have PS3 ,and the proplem with pes13 registering online code, becuse this service is not availabe in my country\region.

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  18. Luis says:

    My ps3 does not load my ps3 video games only other cds like movies and stuff.Can anyone help me figuire out was wrong with my ps3?

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  19. tony says:

    Hey, so i have this problem. When i play, after a
    while, my playstation keeps makin a tick noise in a regular
    period, like every 2 seconds he makes a sound. when this happens,
    the next time my game loads, it freezes. When i try to turn it off,
    it doesnt work and i have to press the reject disc button to
    switch it off. When i try to play again, it happens again, and even
    sooner. please help me

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  20. samantha says:

    can playstation 2 games be played on playstation 3 ?

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    • shaun says:

      no even with first models its a no look at my chain of three comments above if you have disk reading problems

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  21. sergio mpatane says:

    My brand new ps3 keeps switching itself off while m still playing,any ideas

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  22. jg says:

    i have a brand new ps3 never played with, i hope i have no problem with it too soon.

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  23. Mark says:

    All my games are freezing, play a lot of street fighter 4 and after 1 online match my screen turns blank and will not return to the lobby.need help please

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  24. Raman says:

    I have downloaded a movie of 1920 by 1080p resolution…when i played it on ps3…it doesn’t play…i have full hd 3D t.v sony bravia 46”ex72..plz help

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    • newton says:

      maybe its the video format..
      There are some videos format which the ps3 cannot play
      Convert the movie to mp4 or any video format which the ps3 supports by using video converter

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  25. Allan says:

    The projection lamp blew in my tv, and when i try to go back to my other tv its stuck on HDMI, and wont come in through the regular RF cables. how do i fix this.

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  26. juan says:

    my ps3 works great when im on the internet but when i go put the disc in (blackops) it doesn’t read or when im playing & a game finishes you know when it takes you back to the lobby it freezes every time its soo annoying so i only use the internet & the ps3 is in perfect condition its just likes to freez -_-” i tried holding the ps3 button & you hold it till you hear 4 beeps & everyone says choose 3* i did it worked for awhile then it froze help anyone? :|

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    • Bbright says:

      Did u try fixing it yet? Get a manual, bro. It’s like 25 bucks for the manual. It sure is cheaper than spending hundreds of dollars on something you can do it yourself.

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  27. Octavio says:

    When I put in a game to play in my ps3 the image of the game will not show up in the menu. Please help

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  28. TOMMY DAM says:

    HOW DO I FIX THE BLANK HDMI WIRE PROBLEM IF MY POWER BUTTON ” SENSOR ONE ” DOESNT WORK ?

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  29. jack roberts says:

    my Ps3 was on an HDD setting and out of no where i turned it on and it was blurry and zoomed in. it was blu ray vision all around and now it is blurry and non hi def. anyone have a solution?

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  31. Amptron25 says:

    when I play dvds on the thing,the visual effects and background is too bright.Ive tried everything,and it wont go normal. its the same for most games also. AC and AC2 was either too bright or too dark. what should I do?

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  32. Salu says:

    i think the hdmi issue could be solved by buying hdmi 1.3a/1.4v from monster cables……….

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  33. Salu says:

    Tell me if theres any issue in ps3 320gb please,,, or i should consider buying ps4

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  34. Brayden says:

    If you are having problems downloading a game u got on the play station store just download the demo first.

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  35. lisa says:

    bought a used ps3 slim and it’s only showing lines that you can kinda read just looks like black and white waves but a bubble game that’s on it comes up that works just fine any ideas?

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  36. nicholas says:

    My ps3 is down like it don’t want to go trough wen u turn it on it just stays black screen thank you

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    • pugz says:

      it could simply be that you were using a hdmi cable then switched back the the rcajacks/ color cords. alls you have to do is reset you ps3. 1.make sure ps3 is off
      2.hold power button till it beeps four times for example; beep … beep beep .. then the fourth. if done correctly you will have swtiched it back the rca jacks

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      • Simon says:

        I tried this, and it worked the first time, however now it has stopped again and I dont get 4 beeps, only 3. The final of which turns the console off.

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      • Sam says:

        Hey Thanks a lot. Had that blank HDMI issue.

        Reset it. works fine now. Shot.

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  37. Brett Ryall says:

    On saturday i was playing on my playstation 3 and it just turned off and the standby button started flashing red.i pressed the button and it stayed red pressed it again and it sounds like it wants to start up but nothing comes up on the screen and the standby button starts flashing red again.can u help me please?

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    • Michael says:

      It happened with me too

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    • juan says:

      i think its like the yellow light except its red this happened to two of my friend one of them it was glitched for a couple of days im not to sure what he did or it started working like before & for my other friend a chip or wire was fried inside so you can send it to sony & see the condition of it & they could switch it for free or you’ll have to pay 150$ for a replacement.id rather buy a new ps3 ill tell you a quick story when my ps3 started freezing alot i got it fixed & a couple of months later it happened so i wasted about 130$ on repairs so if i were you id rather buy a brand new ps3. after using the ps3 alot its supposed to break down & a chance to get a yellow light & red light are 1%.

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  38. Mike says:

    My ps3 picture skips anytime it’s on game or movie.
    I’ve checked cables , could it be ports or disc reading
    Mechanism

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  39. Randell Nickey says:

    Thank you for your essential article. Very interesting entry, I look forward to the next! Thx for share

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  40. Alex says:

    My playstation wont read any discs but i am able to go online and use netflix i need help

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  41. Lokard Desmock says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I really think this website needs way more consideration. I’ll probably be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

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  42. johnny says:

    today i was playing call of duty black ops and now it will turn on but it will not go to the main menu at all help me

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  43. Kyle says:

    Was playing Call of Duty: World at War yesterday. The game disc will not eject by pressing the eject button, pressing and holding the eject button, or by hitting triangle and eject through the menu. Help please.

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