There are many resources on how to fix PS3 problems. Most PS3 owners naturally prefer fixing these problems themselves rather than entrust repairs to service centers who may know next to nothing about fixing this console, especially in places where there are no official service centers around. Fortunately, the internet is overflowing with tutorials and guides on how to fix broken or damaged PS3s for those who think they are up to the task of getting their consoles up and running again. The following are the most common PS3 problems and how they can be fixed.
Common PS3 Problems and How to Fix PS3
Common problems that plague the PS3 include freezing, red blinking light, the YLOD, and the NO DISPLAY error. The red blinking light problem is caused by a faulty connection between the hard drive, which can be repaired by resetting it. This is done by taking the drive out of the casing and gently placing it inside again. One can also try unplugging the cables before plugging them back in. The red blinking light may also be caused by overheating, which will often necessitate buying a new drive in case some internal parts got fried. To prevent overheating one needs to cool down the console once in a while and clean up air vents on a regular basis.
Another problem is when there is no display when the console is turned on. This is a common problem that may be caused by faulty connections, or faulty connection and resolution settings. One needs to check the wirings that connect the console to the TV to make sure that both ends are tightly connected. Faulty settings may also cause this problem, especially when one plugs a console for HDTV into a standard definition TV set. The simple cure would be to go to settings and set the resolution to standard and then restart the system.
Another problem is when the console does not read discs. Fixing this problem is quite complicated which requires one to open the casing, locating the Blu-Ray disc, removing the connector wire and the ribbon connecting the Blu-Ray drive with a small flat screwdriver and exposing the laser. One can use a Q-tip dipped in alcohol to clean the laser before replacing the parts. Another common problem is freezing, which is the easiest to fix. One simply needs to press down the power button for about 10 seconds to turn the console off. One needs to wait 20 minutes before turning the console on again.
DIY repairs for PS3s are often more convenient for most PS3 users for a number of reasons. Sending the console to the service center will cost them a few hundred bucks at the least, may take up to 6 weeks before they are sent back, and the PS3 may come back with all the data wiped off. Using online How To Fix PS3 guides that one can download for free, one can avoid all the hassles mentioned above and get a working PS3 in a matter of hours.