Power and eject buttons: hidden uses

Here are some additional “hidden” uses of the PS3′s Power and Eject buttons.

Force a shutdown

Press and hold the Power button on the front of the PS3 for about 10 seconds to force the system to shutdown (safely).

Use this method if your PS3 freezes/crashes. Do not flick the power switch on the back of the unit to shutdown because it could potentially corrupt your files.

Force disk eject

Press and hold down the Eject button on the front of the PS3 for about 10 seconds to force the system’s drive to eject.

Useful for example if you try to launch a PS2 game and it freezes. You should be able to force eject the disc and then force shutdown the system.

Reset video settings

With your PS3 turned off, press and hold the Power button on the front of the PS3 for about 10 seconds (the system will beep as normal as it starts up but after 7-10 seconds it will beep again). The video settings should now be reverted. Doing this will also reset any theme settings.

I use this method to revert from HDMI 1080p to Composite 576p, without having to swap cables and change settings.

  • PS3 Maniak;)

    thanks to this boy on u tube it worked :)

  • Kmaniac73

    Ok so my cousins ps3 ain’t working cause the dog peed on his system and somehow it’s not making the power turn on to press it and the eject button won’t take the disc out? Any ideas? -Tremaine (only the controller turns the system on, but now it’s blinking and won’t turn the ps3 on.)

    • http://ps3explained.com/ Flame

      It sounds ruined – you probably need a new one.

      • Lalaine

        My PS3 dual shock controller doesn’t sync with my PS3 system? What should I do? I’ve tried to press the reset button at the back of the dual shock remote but will work only for a few second. I already format the system but still the system doesn’t sync/recognize the remote. Any suggestion? Thank you. redline94@gmail.com

  • Sheabruns

    ok my moms boyfriend got pissed while i wasnt home and he threw my ps3 against my wall and almost destroyed my comntroler, my only problem is that my ps3 works fine except that i cant get it to take any disks in at all, oh and i have no warranty cause i opened the ps3 up and took the disk out on my own along with trying to figure out how to fix the disk tray. what i need to know is how would i fix the problem, everything works but when i push the eject button it just beeps , and normally yopu push the eject and the system turns on, it doesnt turn on, so im trying to figure out how to fix this without spending a load of money to get sony to.

  • Yasiry99

    Basically my ps3 blue ray light is on consecutively as soon as I press the eject button, and it absolutely refuses to take disks What should i do!?

  • Lalaine

    My PS3 dual shock controller doesn’t sync with my PS3 system? What should I do? I’ve tried to press the reset button at the back of the dual shock remote but will work only for a few second. I already format the system but still the system doesn’t sync/recognize the remote. Any suggestion? Thank you. redline94@gmail.com

    • http://ps3explained.com/ Flame

      That happens occasionally. Just plug the controller up to the PS3 with a USB cable, as you do for charging. Press the PS button on the controller to sync. Then it will work without the cable again.

    • Mr Vasquez1414

      push the little tiny button on the back

    • Answers

      plug the charger into it and it should sync

  • Hcgbgjvhn

    Anyone know how to eject a disk & have the system shutt off. ( I just want to grab a game & head to a friends) do you have to ; eject the disk with the touch button? Turn on the tv? Select the input? Hold down the ps button? Select turn off system? Put tv back on cable? Turn tv back off? That’s just dumb! I only want my game out! ” it would figure”

    • http://ps3explained.com/ Flame

      All you need is the power plugged in. Press the eject button once to eject the disk, then press the power button to turn the console off. (May need “Force a shutdown” as mentioned in the article)

  • Rwstaurus

    i bought an original 80 gig ps3 about 6 mos. after they came out, the fully backwards compatible w/o a patch. between me ,wife and kids there are 4 different games with 3-5 hundred hours on them. plus myriad other games and uses.did not have problem until some stupid update made it not fully back compat. then hard drive went out sony fixed it then disk drive went out, no longer under warranty 85 bucks for that. now about 6 mos. ago fan started screaming then yesterday ylod, so its fan and ylod replacement 80 and 150 ,230 total. frag a new one is 199 base. so it lasted 4 or 5 years not counting hours , just days and plays bluray and gets online free except of course for isp fee. thats out standing thanks sony still a good product for everything it does. remember new devices i.e. lcd,led,plasma,bluray,dvd are all rated in hours not days or years.

  • Alexisgalvan

    this is sum bull shit y u lying 

  • http://anyulled.blogspot.com Anyul Rivas

    does this works on a ps3 slim too?

  • jake

    Look i tried the first ylod trick turning the ps3 on and letting the yellow light basically contol my life then i switched off in the back and turned the switch again and held down down the eject button while flicking the switch in the back on the systems turns on for about 3 seconds and just shuts down no disc eject and i cant send skyrim i just payed 60 friken bucks for for to sony and not no whether i get it back help me plz

    • Jason Ioannidis

      youtube the hairdryer trick for ylod it actually works mate iv done it 2 times now

  • Clint

    What do I do if it freezes and the eject button is blinking

  • outuvstep

    Thank you! My disc would pretend like it was ejecting and could hear the motor working but failed to eject. I was all ready to get the screwdrivers out and tried to hold the reset button. Worked like a charm. Thanks again.

  • Aaronp08

    I just wacked the top of my ps3 in anger and it began working lool

  • Tonychuks4jesus62

    how do i shut down with my ps3 controller

    • Guitar21jason

      You hold the ps button on the controller then it will say it.

  • Tonychuks4jesus62

    when i turn on the ps3 console the power  n eject button light turns off yet the game still plays.what do i do plz ?

  • Rickyb220

    I try to turn on my ps3,it turns on and makes 2 bipping sounds. Does andbody know what im talking about. Any info would be great like A.S.A. Please and thank you.

  • AnonSeekingHelp

    Does this happen to work for the 60gb?
     

  • Traqiickid

    thannkk you

  • Chad Smith

    There is also a fan clean rutine: When you have your power cord unplugged (slim model) or the back switch turned off, you have to press the eject button and with the button pressed plug in the power cord or turn the back switch on. The system will turn fans on (the system will remain off) and force a disc eject (if a disc inside). Then the red led will blink, you have to shut down the power and repower again. This is effective taking the console in the air and turning it to the position you see the most dust blown out.

    • Skyjjin_element

      Chad Smith, you are an F********** idiot. Go kill yourself with a rusty screwdriver.

  • Rast5340

    so i have the 320G slim or whatever it is and my power/eject buttons do not glow, but my mother in law bought a 250G and her buttons glow…is this a special feature of the 250G? i didnt even know they made a 250G…

  • Workingmanxxx

    cd is in the ps3 slim and it will not eject by pressing the eject botton. I do not hear any sound coming from the blue Reay drive. please Help

  • Moffat1995

    dose anyone know if a ps3 40gb has a power ribbon ? and its showing no lights or power ? so will i need a new power supply

  • Dedadee520

    Please HELP…..My playsation 3 was turned off, the eject button was pressed by my cat. After which i turned on my playstaion and now it’s freezing. What can i do to fix it from freezing?

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  • scoobs

    my ps3 keeps turning its self off during game play have turned the fan on and hoovered it but keeps doing it any one know how to fix this ? do i need a new mother board or hard drive ?

  • DNice

    Thanks! Thought i reset my ps3 and erased like factory setting until i read your article to kno for sure. My Themes weren’t working correctly after ps3 update 4.50 Thought it bricked my system until I randomly tried the power and eject button reset themes! Now system works fine but not old themes (PLEASE fix this Sony!).