I'm rather new to the PS3, seeing as I've only had it for LESS THAN 2 WEEKS as I ordered a MGS4 80GB bundle from Amazon and received it June 12th. So I'm home for lunch (I live close to work) and fired up some MGS4 for a little bit of action during my break and after 10 minutes or so of play the video freezes, audio stops, an then the screen goes blank, the PS3 beeps and the green light switches over to the flashing red light!!
What the hell is this? This is a BRAND NEW PS3 that's 13 days old. It's completely open ventilation wise as it's in a Bello AVS-422T rack--see pic of stand below. It does sit on top of my now obsolete Toshiba HD-A1 player, but that player has not been used at all since having the PS3--it is plugged in, but never turned on.
Additionally, right now it's a cool 67 degrees in my house!!
Is this thing pooched or what? I unplugged it, flicked the back switch off and tried powering it back on and I've gotten only the flashing red light. The only 'bad' thing I did with my PS3 was I did play it for a while on Saturday when it was toasty in my house--about 88-90 degrees inside, I did have plenty of ventilation with a fan and the door open (it was hot here) and the PS3 never froze or acted funny (no graphics glitches like screen tears or skipped frames) so I assumed it could handle it. Worked fine Sunday and Monday and now all of a sudden it's broken?? Can anyone shed light on this issue for me as I wanna know if I'm gonna wind up having to send this one back or if it's just a one-time thing. So much for Sony superiority.
I feel your problem lies in the bolded text.
Being Toshiba, am i correct in assuming the power cable is on the left side of the unit when you look at it from the front?
i.e. the same side as the PS3's power supply AND HDD?
Someone posted a thermal pic of the PS3 in another thread and i can't find it now, and that is the warmest end of a PS3.
Remember that even when in standby mode wihtout being switched on current will still flow into your Toshiba HD-A1 possibly making it warm. That hot day i'm sure didn't help either!
I would advise you not to rest your PS3 on any electrical equipment whether on standby or not when you get it back from Sony