Easy Fixes for Your PS3

June 30, 2015

Some devices get left behind as technology improves, but don't run for an upgraded gaming system just yet. If you are having issues with your PS3, try these tips to keep you playing your favourite games longer.

Easy Fixes for Your PS3

I can’t get any video from my PS3

Change the settings

If you move your PS3 from one TV to another, you may find the screen is blank or displays a "No signal" message when you switch it on. The solution is simple; shut down the console, and then restart by holding down the power button until you hear two beeps. You can then select the correct display mode for the TV you're using.

My PS3 can’t detect its wireless controllers

Synchronize your hardware

Blinking lights on a controller mean that it's not linking with the console.

  • Try joining it to the controller via a USB cable; allow it to connect and then unplug the cable. It should remain connected wirelessly.
  • Reset the console by holding down the power button on its front panel and then press the "Reset" button on the back of the controller using a straightened paper clip.
  • If that doesn't work, switch off the console and controller; restart the console before turning on the controller.

The disk won’t eject

First, turn off the power rocker switch at the back of the console. Place your finger on the eject button and hold it down. Turn on the rocker switch at the rear; when you hear the console's cooling fan start up, repeatedly press down on the eject button — the disk tray should open.

Some PS3 consoles, such as the "slim" type, require a different approach. Switch off and unplug the console, then turn it upside down. Find the rectangular black plastic tab over the disk drive and pull it off to reveal two holes — one with a blue screw head. Insert a small Phillips-head screwdriver into the other hole, pushing through any protective tape; turn the screwdriver counterclockwise and the disk should emerge from the console. Pull it free when one-third of the disk protrudes.

My game console is running slow

Update the system software 

  • Navigate to Settings -> System Update -> Update via Internet. The console will check if you have the latest version. If not, it will download and install it for you.
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