Need help troubleshooting PS3 power issue - not powering up from standby
September 30, 2013 1:45 PM Subscribe
I have a 1st gen PS3 (the fat one with the power switch on the back) which appears to be dying on me. Googling only turns up info for the 'yellow LED of death' or the 'unresponsive power button' issues which don't seem to apply here. More details inside
posted by TwoWordReview to technology (2 answers total)
The PS3 when plugged in will go into standby mode (red LED ON) but as soon as I turn it on, ie push the button on the front to power up and exit standby mode, the whole thing will shut off (Green LED flashes briefly and then nothing as if the power cord was yanked out). I can get back into standby mode by unplugging and replugging the AC power cord or toggling the switch on the back on and off again.
This happens about 80% of the time, but I haven't been able to identify a pattern as to when it powers up correctly. It doesn't seem to be a loose or damaged power cord for example. It also happens when turning on from the power button, the disc eject button or the controller. Also while it powers on maybe 20% of the time, when I hold the power button to return to standby, the green LED will flash (indicating shutting down) and then die (same symptom - no LEDs, have to toggle the power switch on the back).
It seems to occur when either the hard drive or optical drive is spinning up, since I hear it right before it shuts off. My best guess is that something internally is shorting out causing a complete power-off.
Has anybody experienced similar behavior before and can it be fixed? It's an older system and probably long since out of warranty so is it worth opening up to check for anything out of place?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or resources