Have you encountered PS3 freezing issue? The reasons of this issue are various and in most cases you can't fix it by yourself. In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard offers 4 ideas about how to fix this issue.

PS3 Freezing Issue

PS3 is a home electronic game console launched by Sony Electronic Entertainment in 2006. In 2009, PlayStation 3 launched the PS3 Slim, an improved model with a thinner size and larger capacity. In 2012, a new and lighter PS3 Super Slim was launched. Then, in 2017, PS3 production was discontinued.

Nowadays, many people still use PS3 although more new console models have been released. However, some people report that their PS3 consoles freeze sometimes. This issue is very annoying. If you have encountered the same problem, you can try the following methods to solve it.

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How to Fix PS3 Freezing Issue

There are various reasons for PS3 freezing, but you can try the following methods to solve it.

Fix 1. Repair or Replace Hard Drive

Out of all possible problems, only two are easy to deal with for the average users: file system corruption and hard disk drive failure. Therefore, you can try repairing the hard drive to see whether the problem can be solved. Please follow steps below:

Step 1: Shut down the PS3 and then start it up by pressing and holding the power button for 10 seconds until you hear three beeps. It will shut again, at which point, repeat the process until you hear a quick double-beep and see the Safe Mode screen appear.

Step 2: Choose the option Restore File System, which will check the hard drive and repair any corrupted data. If this option doesn’t work, you can try Restore PS3 System. This option will revert your system to its default settings and delete all of your downloads and game save data.

Finally, if all the above methods don’t work and you have an extra drive in hand, you can try replacing the PS3 hard drive to see whether the problem is solved. As for PS3 hard drive replacement guide, please refer to this post: PS3 Hard Drive Recommendation and How to Replace PS3 Hard Drive.

Fix 2. Clean Dust

The most probable reason for PS3 freezing issue is the overheating. Both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 were very bad as thermals go. To solve this problem, you can clean dust. If you want to clean dust by yourself, you can search guides online. Please note that cleaning dust may have the risk of damaging the PS3 console. If you are worried about this, you can get it cleaned by professionals.

Fix 3. Replace GPU or RAM

If the overheating issue often occurs, it’s possible that the GPU becomes semi-dead. In this case, you could send the console to a specialist for a treatment called “re-balling”, which basically re-creates the connections between your CPU, GPU, and the motherboard.

Another possible reason for the PS3 freezing issue is that the RAM chip started failing due to too many writes. In this case, you should replace the problematic RAM.

In the two cases, you can’t solve the problem by yourself and need professional help.

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Fix 4. Send the Console for Service

If the above methods don’t work and you don’t know what causes the problem, you can send the console to a licensed service center for repairing.

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