How to Fix a PS3 At Home
So your PS3 is acting up? If so, you have one of three options:
- If the unit is still under warranty, return it for repairs. Cost: Nearly free of charge, although you may have to pay some shipping costs.
- If your unit is beyond the original warranty period, take it or send it to an authorized (or even unauthorized) PS3 repair facility. You can expect even basic repairs. Cost: $100, often more.
- Fix the PS3 yourself at home. Some common issues with a PS3 such as display problems, the blinking yellow light issue, red flashing lights and overheating can be easily fixed at home with the right knowledge. Cost: Free if it is a simple fix, or you can pay about $30 for an at home PS3 repair guide that can give you the information and techniques needed to fix more advanced PS3 problems at home.
Obviously, number three is the easiest choice for most PS3 owners because it is free and quick. You will not have to wait weeks for the unit to be returned from the repair place, and you will often save quite a bit of money as well.
Here are some examples of some simple at home fixes you can do yourself. There are many more advanced ways to fix a PS3 that you can do at home as well, but for these you should get a hold of the book PS3 Repaired since it will provide you all the advanced details you need to know.
Overheating can often cause the blinking red light, although it can also signal a problem with the hard drive itself. Try ventilating the unit and also re-setting the hard drive by removing and then reinstalling it carefully into the PS3.
A blinking yellow light often signals some kind of hardware error that may be serious, or it can be something simple such as a loose cable. First try checking all cables and connections to and from your PS3, and turning the unit off and on again. This a simple but often effective technique that can fix many different PS3 problems.
Freezing is often caused by dust buildup and PS3 overheating issues. If your game often freezes after playing it for a while, it is likely due to the PS3 overheating and you should try to ventilate it better. If the PS3 freezes on start up, however, you should try cleaning the unit thoroughly.
PS3 Display Problems
If you are having PS3 display problems, it is likely that a cable is loose or not plugged into the right port on your television or console. You also could have the wrong resolution settings for the PS3, so check and make sure your settings are right.
If you load a disc into your PS3 and the console fails to recognize the disc, you have what is known as a PS3 Disc Read Error. These errors are some of the most common errors encountered by PS3 players, and they are often easily fixed at home. One of the first steps you need to take when troubleshooting your PS3 disc read error is determining whether the error is a problem with the disc or with the console itself. If your PS3 is able to read some of your discs but not all of them, it is likely a problem with the discs themselves. Carefully check over the problematic discs, looking for scratches, fingerprints or other signs of problems. Often these errors can be cleared up by simply cleaning your PS3 discs carefully. However, if your PS3 is unable to read any of your discs, the problem is most likely an issue with the console itself. Often this problem is caused by excessive dust buildup in the unit and on the blu-ray lens. Your first step for repairing this problem should be cleaning the unit carefully.
If these above suggests don’t work, then move on to getting a copy of PS3 Repaired which will show you how to fix ALL common PS3 errors in under an hour at home, or your money back!