Hi Jill,Hi Karen, firstly thank you for taking time to respond to my thread. OK, the PS3 is a slim model, CECH 2003A, about 2 to 3 yrs old. It has sat on my sons shelf for the past year as all his friends are xbox360.
I have "quick" re-formatted the HD, it won't stay on long enough to do a full reformat.
When it switches OFF, you hear a relay click and the the light goes out, even the little LED standby one...
I managed to re-install system software v4.0
Any clues where to start... or do i have to "bin it"
Not the hard drive then. Sounds more serious. Could be an overheating issue, but you'd have to check the fan is working, & the inside is reasonably dust free. Of course I'm just guessing now. If the fan isn't working at all, then it could overheat quite quickly. That's making the assumption that the PS3 has a temperature shutdown. I've done a little google search for "PS3 temperature shutdown", & it suggests that the when it goes off the red light should flash, but I don't know any detail behind it. I actually doubt that dust would cause a shutdown that quickly, & you'd hear the fan ramp up in speed (& volume) before it shut down....at first it seemed fine with no HDD, plugged it into the tv (using HDMI) and it started to play up, after a few minutes its gone back to its old-self, switching off after a few minutes even with no HDD ?
...can there be some thing with the HDMI ?
...is it more likely the PSU
....should I buy a YLOD and rip the PSU out ?
...your advice would be brill
No clues, but if you can get hold of a power supply, they are very easy to replace. At least they are on the big old fat PS3's. The psu in the fat is the first thing you see when you take the lid off (that & the blu-ray drive). It's curved to match the top of the console, & I can't see the slim's been any different. A few screws, one connector, & pull. Worth googling a video to check.Hi Kaden, I do appreciate your help
OK, not the HDD, deff not the fan, its VERY clean and runs fine....
Probably the PSU as it does seem strange that if you plug anything in (taking extra load) like the HDMI or the controller (via the USB lead) it kinda dies, doesn't go standby or anything, you just hear the relay CLIK and everything is off.... you have to leave it a minute or two then re-connect the power lead before you can get anywhere, hate giving up on things... but this is close.... I have seen a few on ebay and apparently it's a common problem... not found THE FIX to said "COMMON" problem as yet ?
....any clues sire ????