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Sony Offers Insight in PS4 / PlayStation 4 Blinking Blue Light Issues


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45w ago - Following up on the PlayStation 4 Bricking Reports, today Sony has offered some insight into the PlayStation 4 Blinking Blue Light issues below.

To quote from Unicorn--Justice via PlayStation Support: Hi, some reports have been coming in from users with PS4 units blinking blue, but not entering the powered on state indicated by a white light as noted in the [Register or Login to view links].

Here are some of the symptoms associated with blinking blue lights issue:

  • blue indicator light blinking
  • no video/audio output to television
  • console powering off after blinking blue

This blinking light issue could indicate any number of causes including but not limited to:

  • TV compatibility
  • Issues with PS4 power supply
  • Issues with PS4 hard drive
  • Issues with other PS4 hardware




TV Compatibility/HDMI Troubleshooting:

Some users have indicated that updating the firmware on their televisions has resolved some cases of no audio/video being displayed. Newer televisions (particularly those with embedded Internet connectivity) may have firmware updates that can affect HDMI settings and device compatibility.

Also be sure to check the HDMI ports on both your television and PS4 for any abnormalities. Additionally, you may want to inspect your HDMI cord for any damage or test alternate HDMI cords to see if that affects your HDMI signal.

Power Supply Troubleshooting:

1) Turn PS4 off completely - Touch the power button on the front of the PS4 for at least 7 seconds (until the system beeps twice).

2) Disconnect PS4 AC power cord from electrical outlet - Only disconnect the plug of the AC power cord from the electrical outlet when the power indicator is turned off. If you disconnect it while the power indicator is lit or blinking, data might be lost or corrupted, and the system might be damaged.

3) Check parts A, E, and F for any conspicuous damage or anomalies - You can try using another compatible AC cord (like a power cord from a PS3) to see if that resolves the issue

A) AC IN connector
B) HDMI OUT port
C) HDMI input port
D) HDMI cable
E) AC power cord
F) To an electric outlet

Hard Drive Troubleshooting

1) Turn PS4 off completely - Touch the power button on the front of the PS4 for at least 7 seconds (until the system beeps twice).

2) Disconnect PS4 AC power cord from electrical outlet - Only disconnect the plug of the AC power cord from the electrical outlet when the power indicator is turned off. If you disconnect it while the power indicator is lit or blinking, data might be lost or corrupted, and the system might be damaged.

3) After removing the plug for AC power cord from the electrical outlet, detach the other cables from the PS4.

4) Slide the HDD bay cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it.

5) Inspect the harddrive to make sure it is properly seated in the HDD bay. A loose hard drive connection can prevent the PS4 from powering on completely. A single screw keeps the assembly in place as shown below.

6) If you suspect possible hard drive damage or would simply like to replace the PS4's hard drive with one of your choosing, please refer to this article for full details: [Register or Login to view links]

Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards, it is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB.

Software Installation Troubleshooting:

1) If your hard drive and power supply appear in good shape, you can try to booting your PS4 into Safe Mode: [Register or Login to view links]

The following options are available in Safe Mode:

  • Restart System - Ends Safe Mode and restarts the PlayStation 4 normally.
  • Change Resolution - Changes the screen resolution to 480p when the PlayStation 4 is restarted.
  • Update System Software - Allows the PlayStation 4 to update the system software via Internet, USB Drive, or Disc.
  • Restore Default Settings - Restores the PlayStation 4 to the default factory settings.
  • Rebuild Database - Scans the drive and creates a new database of all content.This operation may take a long time depending on the type and number of data items.
  • Initialize PS4 - IMPORTANT: All data and settings will be lost by performing this step. Deletes all user data and restores the PS4 to as if it just came out of the box. This option is the same as [Initialize PS4 ] in the (Settings) menu. System software (firmware) is not deleted.
  • Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) - IMPORTANT: Deletes all information on the HDD, including the System Software. A message that states a USB storage device containing the System Software must be connected, is displayed. Then you can confirm the selection. (You will need the full system update installer from [Register or Login to view links] with this option)

For additional service/replacement options please try contacting support: [Register or Login to view links]

Due to the volume of contacts, we would suggest trying Live Chat rather than the phone line as the wait times will be shorter. If you would like to assist us by submitting information, please share the following:

  • Issue Symptoms:
  • TV Brand and Model:
  • Retailer PS4 was purchased from:
  • Troubleshooting steps you have tried:

We appreciate your patience while we investigate.

Thanks,

U--J








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idkwho's Avatar
#8 - idkwho - 36w ago
I've got this problem too

Tidusnake666's Avatar
#7 - Tidusnake666 - 44w ago
I really think this is overhyped. If there's actually 0.4% fail rate, then for 1 mil consoles it's 4000 - it makes sense - not everyone who likes their purchase go and add a positive review - but if someone dislikes something - he/she shouts about this on every corner.

Every electronic appliance have failure rate. There were ps3, ps2 that were DOA.

Remember about SAK backup trick with PS3, which went mad since a few days of ps3's release? The guy invented it because his console was DOA by UPS. You have a warranty, why you should be concerned? If you want to buy it - do it.

bigvern1979's Avatar
#6 - bigvern1979 - 45w ago
was really hopeing to get my hands on the ps4 but dont know wether to wait a while maybe till after after christmas to see if ant more issues surface it seems a lot of money to buy somet that as hardware isssue what do ya think

Tidusnake666's Avatar
#5 - Tidusnake666 - 45w ago
All these videos makes me bite my nails - hopefully, I'll hane a good ps3, because returning it back to amazon while using mail forwarding services is not an option.

metzen's Avatar
#4 - metzen - 45w ago
My Samsung TV supports up to 1080i. Hmmm wondering if this will be supported.

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