The Play Station 3 (PS3) is a popular video game and multimedia console that Sony Corporation produced. The PS3 competes directly with the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. It is unique in that it was the first gaming console to also serve as a multimedia suite as it can play blue-ray discs and be connected to the Internet. Despite the console's maturity, consumers still find a need to fix a number of common PS3 issues including corrupt hard disks, PS3 hard drive errors, and DNS issues that arise for online console users.
How to Fix a Corrupt PS3 Hard Disk Drive
Sometimes PS3 users see a corrupt hard disk drive error. If restarting the console will not solve the problem, actions can be taken to rectify the error. Unfortunately, all online statistics, games, and addons purchased from the Playstation network will be lost.
Step 1 – Note the PS3's serial number on the console's back panel.
Step 2 – Press and hold the power button on the front of the console until there are three audible beeps and the console's indicator light turns red. Release the power button.
Step 3 – Press the power button again until two double beeps are played, then release it.
Step 4 – Connect the PS3 USB cable to the front of the console and the top of the game controller, then press the “PS” button.
Step 5 – Choose “Option 5” to restore the PS3 and select “Yes” to perform the restoral step.
Step 6 – The console will be restarted. When prompted, press the “PS” button and enter the initial configuration settings for the PS3.
How to Fix the PS3 DNS Error
Step 1 – Turn the modem that the PS3 is being connected to off (or reset it). If the PS3 will not connect to the Internet, proceed to the next step.
Step 2 – Disable the network's firewall to see if it is interfering with the PS3 connecting to the Internet or the PS network. Sometimes new firewalls or new firewall settings prevents the PS3 from connecting to a home network. If this is the case, research firewall settings that permit PS3 gameplay, but also keep networks secure.
Step 3 – Log onto the Playstation website and check for updates in order to upgrade the console firmware. After updating, restart the PS3 and attempt to access the Internet again.
Step 4 – Try a different router to ensure that the current one is compatible with the PS3. NB. This is not as prevalent an issue as it used to be with older wireless and wired computer routers.
How to Fix the PS 3 Hard Drive
Step 1 – Remove the PS3 hard drive compartment lid from the right side of the console. Remove the blue screw at the top edge that is inside of the compartment with a jeweler's Phillips head screwdriver.
Step 2 – Remove the locking catch that is inside of the compartment on the right hand side.
Step 3 – Insert the game controller cable into one of the front-facing ports on the console and press the power button with the “X” console button pressed on the game controller.
Step 4 – After you see the “Utilities” menu on the screen, remove the cage that holds the hard drive from the compartment and you see a “0” under the “Format” label.
Step 5 – Once a message asking to reformat the hard drive is displayed, re-insert the drive into the compartment and close the locking latch on the cage.
Step 6 – Choose “Yes” on the subsequent screen and turn off the console after the hard drive reformats and reboots.
Step 7 – Re-attach all components and close the hard drive lid and the PS3 hard drive will be fixed.