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Old 07-12-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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My PS3 keeps shutting itself off...

every little while. It just started this today after I put in 12. Now it does it every 5-10 minutes. I haven't played it in a while and only used it 2 hrs or so this afteroon. It's a refurb and the red light blinks after it shuts off.

Any ideas???

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Old 07-12-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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Hate to say this, but it's on its last leg.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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every little while. It just started this today after I put in 12. Now it does it every 5-10 minutes. I haven't played it in a while and only used it 2 hrs or so this afteroon. It's a refurb and the red light blinks after it shuts off.

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This would be better asked in the Console forum, but it sounds like exactly the way my first PS3 (a 60 GB) kicked the bucket. Which model is yours? If it's a fat one I would be backing my stuff up ASAP.

It's not likely to be the game's fault, if that's what you're worrying about.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:16 PM   #4
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that's how mine started acting before it finally went dead, and of course it would happen the day ncaa 12 came out....i am so sorry
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Make sure you have it at least a foot away from any obstructions. It could be overheating and not getting enough airflow. Does it feel hot when it turns itself off?
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Well, if it's shutting off at 5-10 minutes later after you start playing, you might want to look into trading it at a GameStop-type store before if really goes kerplat! That is if you have the extra cash to spare.
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Rest in Peace, PS3
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:26 PM   #8
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Make sure you have it at least a foot away from any obstructions. It could be overheating and not getting enough airflow. Does it feel hot when it turns itself off?
It was in a smaller area but I moved it into the open. It was really warm, and the air was too.

It's the fat, loud one, and it's a refurb I've had for around a year & a half.

After it began shutting down after a few minutes, I looked online on the ps3 and it was fine for over an hr & didn't shut off. Then I tried the game and it lasted for 45 mins or so before shutting down again. I've hardly played it for months but we watched a few movies recently.

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Old 07-12-2011, 09:38 PM   #9
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Blowing out hot air is actually a good sign...means your heatsinks are working. I've recently had an issue with my fan going to level 3 and 4 recently and I also have a fat refurbished one.

I know this sounds stupid but find two soup cans that are the same height and put your PS3 on top of that. This will allow even more air to circulate and cool the system down.

Also you might need to clean it using a can of air and a vacuum. Don't use a shop-vac, but using a regular vacuum might help.

Lastly, it's hot all around the country and heat is obviously bad for electronics, so if the ambient temperature is high then it might trigger something in your PS3. Try to only play it when it's 75 degrees or lower in the room.

If all else fails, take it to a repair shop...It might be less expensive to fix it than to get a new one...but, those slims look pretty enticing.

EDIT: Do yourself a favor now and backup all your important files!!!
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #10
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Yeah, it has been hot down here. Heat Index was 97 at 10:15 last night. I'll try the cans. It may just be me, but the fan does sound like it is revving up a little. That thing is always loud so I don't know if it's putting out any more than normal or not.
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