My PS4 Turns On But Then Turns Straight Off – BLOD?
Playstation 4 Turns On With A Blue Light, Clicks And Turns Off
We regularly receive telephone calls from customers with this fault. Five this week so far. So I thought I would write some form of guide for you all.
How does this fault occur?
Generally as follows: you’re playing your machine, and it suddenly stops and powers down on you.
You power it up, the machine responds with an encouraging beep, then a disappointing click, then it powers off.
The blue light flashes on the Playstation 4 – Is this the BLOD?
No – this is often mistaken as BLOD, but is a different fault entirely. The BLOD fault will leave the blue light on your machine blinking constantly. This no power fault will cause the blue light to go off virtually as soon as it comes on.
How do I fix the PS4 No Power Fault?
By the time you’ve read this, you may have made the mistake of bashing or banging your PS4 on your knee or on its corner because you read somewhere on the weird wide web that it worked for somebody else.
The irony is, that in approximately 50% of cases, this will temporarily bring your system back to life. The downside however is that you could have contributed to additional problems. This as any sort of fix is not going to provide long-term results. If you think logically, how could it?
Picture your machine going back to Sony for repair and a team of techs bashing a conveyor of faulty machines to fix them and sending them off to their quality department for stress test. Sound likely? Not really! Why? Because it’s wholly ridiculous.
Worse still, once people have had some success bashing the machine, once it dies again (which I promise they all will), lots of silly ideas enter the minds of people when the next series of bashing doesn’t work….. ‘Maybe i’ll bash it harder’…..’Maybe if I bash it two or three times it will stay on for longer’….. DISPENSE WITH THESE THOUGHTS IMMEDIATELY!
The problem could be related to one of two things in our experience – faulty Power components or connections, or dry/poor solder joints on your APU chipset. The bashing and bumping on your knee, or bashing or bumping of any sort could easily create additional problems and we strongly advise you not to engage in this through fear of turning your machine into a very expensive paperweight.
There are actually several other things that can contribute to these problems, and a machine this complex cannot be repaired with any sort of force. Please take it from us.
This fault, being the hardest one to diagnose (especially if it is intermittent) can also be one of the most labour intensive to fix. Lots of hours can go into narrowing down and trying to trace the fault. Most repair companies will change the power brick, and if it doesn’t work will reject the machine back to you and say they have exhausted all options – they will even charge you for the failed attempt.
It is for this reason that you must be very careful when selecting a repair business to handle your machine.
A good repair company will have a ‘No Fix No Fee’ sort of guarantee in place similar to the one that we offer at Console Central. Obviously these kind of guarantees apply only if you haven’t butchered your machine to pieces and heatgunned it to death.
The machine and it’s power components will need to be tested to ensure they are working so that the PSU can be ruled out. Following which, the APU needs to be assessed for dry joints causing connectivity issues with the motherboard.
We have read guides suggesting that this issue can be fan sensor linked, or even a poor hard drive, but in our experience we have found this not to be the case – you’re wasting time and money if you chase these issues.
How long does this kind of repair take?
How long is a piece of string? It entirely depends on the complexity of the contributing problem. Sometimes you can strike lucky, and changing power components can spring the machine back to life pretty quickly.
In other instances, this can be a very time consuming problem.
The most important thing we can say is – be honest! If you’ve been bashing away at your machine, please communicate that to your repair tech – it will help with diagnosis. The more information we have, the more effective and expedient a repair you can expect.
Even telling a tech that bashing the machine revived it, can give him/her an idea of where to look for the incumbent fault and how best to tackle it.
What if you can’t repair the machine?
We are one of a few repair businesses that will offer a trade in value on scrap machines, so in the event that your machine is one of the few that we declare of BER (beyond economical repair), we can offer you cash for it, or we can trade it in against a fully working pre-owned machine with warranty.
If you’ve read this guide and wish to submit your machine for repair, you can find the appropriate repair service here: