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Posted 2:58pm on Tue 18 June 2013
BC_Animus
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PS3 died... Suggestions?
Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!
Posted 4:27pm on Tue 18 June 2013
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Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!

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Urrrg, nothing on the net seem to help.

From what I can gather the GPU might be fried, or have perhaps come lose from the mobo. Do I dare try and crack the case open and check? <sigh> don't have any thermal paste or any tools to help me fix it in any case. Devasted about losing all my saved games - sadly a lot of those saves were pre-PSN+ so most of them aren't on the cloud atm. There were a ton of games I wanted to go back to too, but blah think I might have to trade those games in towards a new PS3 instead.

Still looking for suggestions or help though if anyone here got any?

Also anyone knows of a way to transfer data from a dead PS3's HD to a new one? I know in the past you can't just swap the drive over to the new system, since it will format it if you do. And also I know in the past the console wouldn't recognise any files obtained via direct copying without going through the PS3's backup menu... has that changed in recent firmwares perhaps?
Posted 4:32pm on Tue 18 June 2013
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Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!

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Found this. Might help...

Step 1 - Turn off the playstation 3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till the power light is red.

Step 2 - Touch and hold the power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the playstation 3 is powering on.

Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset.

Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (power light is red).

Step 3 - Touch and hold the power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the playstation 3 to power on.

Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.

Continue to hold the power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At this point release the power button. if you succeeded in activating the safe mode, you will see a message on the screen saying 'connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button.'

Step 4 - Perform the safe mode options in the following order until one of the options works for you. If one option works, do not continue onto the other options.

Restore Default Settings

Restore File System

Rebuild Data Base

Restore PS3 System etc...

Goodluck!
Posted 4:43pm on Tue 18 June 2013
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Found this. Might help...

Step 1 - Turn off the playstation 3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till the power light is red.

Step 2 - Touch and hold the power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the playstation 3 is powering on.

Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset.

Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (power light is red).

Step 3 - Touch and hold the power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the playstation 3 to power on.

Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.

Continue to hold the power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At this point release the power button. if you succeeded in activating the safe mode, you will see a message on the screen saying 'connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button.'

Step 4 - Perform the safe mode options in the following order until one of the options works for you. If one option works, do not continue onto the other options.

Restore Default Settings

Restore File System

Rebuild Data Base

Restore PS3 System etc...

Goodluck!

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Cheers bud, I knew about the forced reset safemode menu thingie, but sadly was a no go. Got the beeps, but nothing on the screen. Seems like it's a common issue from my searches Sad

Also tried reconnecting everything, from cables to the HD, was a no go.

And tried unplugging it and letting the power drain out for about half an hour (plus giving the system time to cool down as well), but that didn't help either.

<sigh> Ah well, guess I've been lucky thus far - the first time I've had a console died on me. It's had a good run too - I've had it since day 1 and have been using it regularly, if not for games then for blu-rays and video streaming from my PC.
Posted 4:54pm on Tue 18 June 2013
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Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!

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That sucks mate, you have my sympathies. Been through three 360's now, never pleasant.
Posted 5:37pm on Tue 18 June 2013
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Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!

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Tried Sony support? They probably hear symptoms like this all the time and although it's probably out of warranty they might be able to nail the cause for you just to put your mind at rest a little.
Posted 6:52pm on Tue 18 June 2013
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Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!

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From what I've seen online whenever people call them they've been given the standard line - try the reset/safe mode feature, if that doesn't work then send it back to them for repair/replacement. Last couple of times I called them re: faulty products I spent over an hour each time on the phone and got no help anyways, so for an out of warranty PS3 I'm not even gonna bother.

Might open up the PS3 at some stage to see if I could spot the problem, but from what I've been told that thing have dozens of screws, and blah I'm kinda too lazy for that.

Btw @RB cheers for the suggestion about the hard drive, but swapping it out with the one from my old laptop don't help. You know what though, while I had the things unscrewed and unplugged I really should've tested the PS3 drive in my laptop, just to make sure it was still fine. Ah well, it's all screwed back up now, too lazy to unpack everything again.
Posted 8:12pm on Tue 18 June 2013
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Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!

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It sounds like it's buggered.

Have you tried another, non-HDMI cable to your TV instead? I'm wondering if the HDMI port on the PS3 (or a part of it) might be FUBAR and stopping the output from working. Is there another video output option you could use?
Posted 1:34pm on Wed 19 June 2013
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Urrg, my 1st gen PS3 died on me tonight.

Started playing Asura's Wrath, about 5 minutes in the screen froze on me. Nothing happened after a couple of minutes, and the controller won't respond, so I turned it off using the touch power button thingie. When I tried to turn it back on however, I got a "No Signal / Please check power or connection" message on my TV, a green light on the power status LED, and nothing else - the system won't boot up.

The USB accessories seems to be working, as there are lights on them, but the controller won't connect, even when plugged in via USB.

Tried doing hard reset several times, and got the beeps, but still nothing on the screen. I don't think it's the HDMI, since it was working fine just before. Sadly I don't have another HDMI cable floating around, and my TV don't have AV inputs so I can't test the system using AV/component either.

Suggestions? Help?!

» Go to BC_Animus's original post
@altagranga I actually hunted around and dug out my old AV/component cables, thinking I'd test the system using that, but then I realised neither my current TV or my monitor have AV inputs. Reports from others online suggests that switching cables wouldn't help anyways.

Btw update ladies and gents - traded a whole bunch of old games in today (mostly games that I no longer have saved games for due to the dead console... ahhh hours of progess, gone <sigh>), which surprisingly net me nearly enough to pay for a brand new PS3. So... I now have a brand new super slim PS3 sitting on my desk.

Managed to recover saved games for a couple of titles, though sadly looks like the bulk of my saves didn't make it to the cloud and are forever lost. Happy to report too Final Fantasy XIII was one of the saves that was on the cloud - 90 hours in, no bloody way am I starting that over again.
Posted 1:36pm on Wed 19 June 2013
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@altagranga I actually hunted around and dug out my old AV/component cables, thinking I'd test the system using that, but then I realised neither my current TV or my monitor have AV inputs. Reports from others online suggests that switching cables wouldn't help anyways.

Btw update ladies and gents - traded a whole bunch of old games in today (mostly games that I no longer have saved games for due to the dead console... ahhh hours of progess, gone <sigh>), which surprisingly net me nearly enough to pay for a brand new PS3. So... I now have a brand new super slim PS3 sitting on my desk.

Managed to recover saved games for a couple of titles, though sadly looks like the bulk of my saves didn't make it to the cloud and are forever lost. Happy to report too Final Fantasy XIII was one of the saves that was on the cloud - 90 hours in, no bloody way am I starting that over again.

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Glad you got something out of all this. =)
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