PS3 unable to load or start

November 2016

Sony Playstation is a global franchise dedicated to gaming. Playstation 3, or PS3 as it is commonly known, is one of the most widely used consoles across the world. While using PS3, sometimes users may find the screen does not load or start properly. To solve this problem, users need to use safe mode to try to restore some of the system options. Users can also try restoring factory settings of the file system or PS3 system. If there is an issue with the database users will need to rebuild the database in order to get the system to load or start normally.

PS3 unable to load or start



Issue


I have a PS3 that does not load after I have pushed the start button. It freezes while loading the settings. What can I do to solve this problem?

Solution


Try this:

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 a beep which means the Playstation 3 is powering on.
  • Continue holding the power button. After about five seconds, you will hear a second beep which indicates the video reset.
  • Continue holding the power button. After another five 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 which means the Playstation 3 is powering on.
  • Continue holding the power button. After about five seconds, you will hear a second beep which indicates the video reset.
  • Continue holding the power button. After another five 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 works for you. If an option works, do not carry out the other options.
    • Restore Default Settings
    • Restore File System
    • Rebuild Data Base
    • Restore PS3 System

Note


Thanks to Chants for this tip on the forum.

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