The PS3 system has two lights near the power button. The left light is the disc status. The right light is the power status.

No lights are on

When no lights are on, this means that the main power switch on the back of the PS3 system is off or the PS3 is unplugged. When the main power switch is off (the “0” is pressed), you will not be able to access any features of the PS3 system. To turn on the PS3 system, make sure the main power switch on the back is on(the “I” side is pressed down).

Troubleshooting

If the PS3 does not turn on:

  • Make sure the power cord is not frayed or damaged.
  • Try using another power cord, if available.
  • Make sure the main power switch on the back of the PS3 is turned on.

Solid Red

When the power status light is solid red, this means that the PS3 system is off (or in standby mode). Standby mode means that the PS3 system is off, but is ready to be turned on by pressing the power button.

Troubleshooting

If the PS3 system will not turn on when you press the power button, this is an issue with the PS3 system.

Solid Green

When the power status light is solid green, this means that the PS3 is turned on. You should be able to navigate the XMB, Play games, access the PlayStation Store, etc. To turn off the PS3,simply press and hold the power button for two or more seconds.

Flashing Red

When the power status light flashes red after using the PS3 system for 3 or more minutes and shuts off, the PS3 system has possibly over heated. This may be caused by poor ventilation or the vents may be blocked.

Troubleshooting

If this happens:

  • Check to see if the vents are blocked. If the vents ara dusty, vacuum the vents to remove the dust.
  • If the PS3 system is in an enclosed area like a bookshelf or entertainment center, move it to a more open area.
  • Leave the PS3 off for 30 minutes to let if cool down.

Flashing Green

When the power status light flashes green, it means that the PS3 is turning off. Wait while the system turns off. If the PS3 does not shut down immediately, it may be trying to finish saving data to the hard drive. If it is, do not turns the main power switch on the back off as it may cause data on your hard drive to be corrupted.

Troubleshooting

If the green light continues to flash green, the PS3 system may be trying to complete writing to the hard drive or shutting down running programs. It may take longer to shut down depending on when you pressed the power button. If the green power light flashes for a very long time, turn the PS3 off by flipping the main power switch on the back off. Then try to restart the PS3.

Flashes Green, Yellow, then Red

When the power status light goes from green, to yellow, to green, then to a flashing red, this means that there may be an issue with an internal part within the PS3. This may be caused by a variety of reasons. This is great PS3 YLOD(PS3 Yellow Lights Of Death).

Solid Blue

When the disc status light is remains solid blue, it means a disc is inside the PS3. If you wish to eject the disc, hold down the eject button for two seconds and the blue disc status light will flash indicating the PS3 is attempting to eject the disc. Note, that the power indicator light will always be solid green.

Flashing Blue

When the disc status light is flashing blue, it means a disc was just inserted into the PS3 or a disc is trying to eject from the PS3. Depending on when you pressed the eject button, it may take longer for the disc to eject.

Troubleshooting

If the light constantly flashes blue, it may be an issue with the disc being stuck in the system. If this happens, you may remove this disc to open your PS3.

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