First dome System Specs: I bought a used/refurbished 60 Gb system from GameStop about a year ago. I decided to with a used system so that I could get one that was back-compatible with my PS2 game collection.
I was playing Valkiria Chronicles (can't even get the disc out right now to check the spelling) a couple days ago when my system suddenly shut-off on me without warning. I wasn't touching anything other than my controller when this happened so the system did it on it's own. I first thought that the system was restarting itself so I waited a few seconds as it rapidly became apparent that the system had turned itself off without my telling it to. I proceeded cycle to power switch on the back of system and pressed the power button on the front, expecting it to boot right up like it normally does but ever since then whenever I press the front power button the light on the front goes from red to green then the system emits 3 short, rapid beeps before the light goes back to red. The system barely stays on for 3 seconds or so, not even long enough to get the disc out. I Don't think ventilation could be the issue since all the vents are unblocked with how I have it positioned right now
I need help or advice on how to get my system running again, preferably without losing thr data on hard-drive.
Generically a PS3 YLOD and 360 RROD are basically the same sort of thing - bad news
The ONLY way to get your save games back are to bring your PS3 back to life somehow - your options for that are in the thread and there are various pros and cons associated to each method of doing that.
I can only assume that if this problem is common enough for you to ge to the trouble of of setting up a permenent post that you can refer people to then Sony must have some process set up to deal with what admittedly is their own fault. Is there anyway for me to get this resolved without having to shell out more money on a system that is so obvoiusly fundementally falwed? It seems like highway robbery to not cover a procuct for flaws that are the manufacture's fault and for the company to then turn around and demand more money out of the person they just ripped off! Truthfully it was the horror stories I'd heard about RRoD on the XBox that lead me to go with a PS3 to begin with.
I noticed that you listed the price Sony charges for a repair in British Pounds. At 120 pounds for the fix I could almost just buy a new system (thugh not with the back compatibility) for that much. Haven't checked on the exchange rate recently but it was around 1.6 USD to GBP(that was a couple years ago though) which would put that price close to $200 for me.
Can;t beelieve that Sony would take a "well, we've already got your money so go **** yourself" attitude with their custumers! Is their any recourse I might have through Gamestopsince they sold me the refurbish system?
Christ I just finaly had gotten the thing hooked up after coming home from school.
THanks for the help though.
It does affect quite a lot of people, but than over 35million PS3s have been sold, so even a 1% failure rate would be about 350,000 dead PS3s.
In the UK there are ways you can attempt to get recourse against the shop, but they wouldn't apply to you I'm afraid, different laws
I think you have something similar (lemon laws or something?) but I don't know anything about them to know if you could use that or not.
The other thing (just for reference ) is that the YLOD can cover loads of issues - it really is a "there is a generic hardware fault of some kind" message.
And Sony apparently don't make ANY profit on the refurb service (in the UK at least).
But I am shooting a bit in the dark here as far as the US is concerned.
I'd suggest doing a bit of research on your local sites regarding taking the PS3 back to the shop, and / or giving Sony US a ring to see what, if anything, they can do for you (and at what price)