PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 (or commonly known as the PS3) is the third home computer entertainment system produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, and the successor to the PlayStation 2. It was released November 11, 2006

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How can I fix the power button and eject button?

my 40 gyg. ps3 won't turn on when i press the power or eject button. there is no blinking red light it just stays constant red. about a year ago someone spilled koolaid on the buttons but the ps3 still worked after it was dried out. any help would be much appreciated.

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Probably the sensors on the control board are not making contact with the buttons. I have fixed this before on a few PS3s. Follow this guide: PlayStation 3 Control Board Replacement

On the very last step (step 9) you can see the sensors on the left and right of the control board they look like thin metal buttons.

  • Once you have the cover off and the control board exposed, plug in your PS3 and attempt to turn on the ps3 slightly touching the right sensor with your finger.
  • DO NOT PUSH DOWN HARD ON IT!!! all it takes is a slight touch.
  • If the control board is working then the PS3 should turn on. If it does not then you can inspect the ribbon cable to make sure it is connected properly. If it still does not work then your control board is probably dead.
  • Once you have determined that the control board is working then use a pocket knife or a credit card or something thin to pull up the thin metal sensors so that they make contact with the buttons. BE CAREFULL NOT TO PULL TO HARD OR THEY WILL BREAK OFF.
  • Put the cover back on and make sure it now turns on using the buttons DO THIS BEFORE YOU PUT THE SCREWS BACK ON.

I have done this a few times and it has worked every time. If your LED lights still come on then your control board is probably ok and just needs to pull the sensors up just a bit. It takes about 15 to 30 minutes to do this.

I hope this helps, good luck!!

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thanks XnriquX you saved my ps3 :)))

by mourad witch

No problem I am glad I was able to help out!! :D

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What if you dont have that model... I have one that does not have a control board (Power Eject Board) its built in to the motherboard what do I do?

by Tydith

Can you specify which ps3? As far as I am concerned every ps3 I have looked at has some type of control panel and they are all very similar. Just pay attention to whatever is directly underneath the power and eject buttons and locate the sensors and just pull them up just a bit.

by XnriquX

Worked perfect! It just saved me $50. Thanks a lot!


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If you find rust on the inside of the button's side, take a bit of aluminum foil and scotch tape to resecure a good connection between the aluminum plates and the two prongs. Foil is only needed on the plate side.

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and does it beep 3 times really fast

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Tydith has the same problem as I do, the control board is different (the prongs for power and eject are there but it feeds to the mother board or underneath the metal chassis somewhere). It's a 80gb CECHL01.

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What can I do if you knock off the strip connecting the plate to the board.

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infinitemayhem will be eternally grateful.

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