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Please select a sequence of lights from the list below that matches what you see on your PS3 system. After selecting a light sequence, select the "Learn" tab for more information on what they may indicate. Select the "Troubleshoot" tab to see how the colors may help you troubleshoot an issue.
Be aware that the indicator lights on the newer PS3 systems look different, however, the lights will still blink in the same pattern. Note that there is no blue disc indicator light on model CECH-3001. Click here to see how the model CECH-3001 is different.
Older PS3 systems have two lights near the power button. The left light is the disc status. The right light is the power status. For newer PS3 models the power status light is near the power button and the disc status light is near the eject button. Check below to learn about the different sequences that these lights can display and what they can tell you about your PS3 system.No lights are on
When no lights are on, this means that the PS3 is unplugged. Some older model PS3 systems have a main power switch on the back that may be turned off. If you own an older PS3 system, check to make sure the main power switch on the back is turned ON. The "I" side of the power switch will be pressed down when the switch is in the "ON" position.
If the PS3 system does not turn on:
- Make sure the power cord is not frayed or damaged.
- Try using another power cord, if available.
- For older models, make sure the power switch on the back of the PS3 system is turned ON (in the "I" position).
- Try another power outlet
- If you continue to have issues, the PS3 system will need to be serviced. Click hereto learn how.
Solid Red Light
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.
If the PS3 system will not turn on when you press the power button, then this is an issue that can only be resolved by sending your system in for service. Click hereto learn how.Solid Green Light
When the power status light is solid green, this means that the PS3 system is turned on. You should be able to navigate the XMBTM, play games and access the PlayStation®Store. To turn the PS3 system off, simply press and hold the power button for two seconds or longer.
If the power status light is solid green but your PS3 system is not operating as expected, then please search the Knowledge Center for solutions to the specific symptoms you are experiencing.Flashing Red Light
When the power status light flashes red and the PS3 shuts off, there is an internal issue with the PS3 system. This issue can only be resolved by sending your system in for service. Click hereto learn how.Flashing Green Light
When the power status light flashes green, it means that the PS3 system is turning off. Please wait while the system turns off. If the PS3 system does not shut down immediately, it may be trying to finish saving data to the hard disk. If it is, do not unplug the system or turn off the main power switch that's located on the back of older systems because doing so may cause data on the hard drive to become corrupted.
If the green light continues to flash, the PS3 system may be trying to complete writing to the hard drive. The length of time that it takes a PS3 system to completely shut down may vary depending on when you pressed the power button and what programs were running at the time. If the green light flashes for a very long time, then you should turn the PS3 system off by shutting off main power switch or unplugging the system if it does not have that a main power switch, and then try to restart the system afterward.Flashes Green, Yellow, then Red Lights
When the power status light goes from green, to yellow, to green again and then resolves to a flashing red light, this means that there may be an issue with an internal part within the PS3 system. The sequence of lights may be caused by a variety of different reasons, but these issues can only be resolved by sending your system in for service. Click hereto learn how you can send your system in for service.Solid Blue Light
When the disc status light remains blue, it means a disc is inside the PS3 system. To eject the disc you must hold down the eject button for two seconds. The blue light will blink when the PS3 system is attempting to eject a disc.
Click herefor solutions you can try when a disc is inserted in the the PS3 system, but it doesn't show up on the XMBTM or the disc will not play.Flashing Blue Light
When a disc status light is flashing blue, it means a disc was just inserted into the PS3 system or it means a disc is trying to eject from the PS3 system. The length of time it takes for the disc to fully eject from a PS3 system may vary depending on when you press the eject button.