But you are not supposed to shut it off from the back switch, I know it has broken PS3s for a few users on this forum - and it warns of this in the manual.I don't know what the difference is between a powerout and the backswitch, but I assume the PS3 has some internal power to safely shut off.MAJORITY of you with this problem will unfortunately have to replace the blu-ray laser in order to get your machine back in working order. Lots of people think they're super sensitive, they're not.
As for as it not shutting down if there is something being downloaded or installing in the background just leave it alone for a while (maybe overnight) and then try.
Also if the HDMI cable is pulled out usually just reinstalling/replugging the cable you should be fine. There's a chance a power surge would do that, same with turning off the PS3 from the back.
please let me know and I'll correct it / add to it / take away from it, etc. First, If you're having trouble with your PS3 from the purchase date on the HARD COPY RECEIPT you must have it in order to get it "repaired" for free.
If you don't have the receipt or it's past one year then you're at a crossroads.
It won't harm the system and Sony suggests it so you might as well try.
When you've given up your foolish dream of fixing your PS3 with just a push of a button or if you can't afford to pay Sony to fix their mistake you could as a last resort open your PS3 and try cleaning the lens inside.Eventually the switching off and on will kill the HDD. Its turned on with the green light, i press the power button and theres no response.Bricking is a term taken from the PSP firmware updates where tampering with the power during update, or even installing one of the earlier custom firmwares, would kill the psp, making it unuseable with the same function of a brick (same shape, and doesnt do much)And from what i can gather, turning your power of from the mains can cause a similar destruction upon the ps3 Hi, I have a problem whif my ps3 it wont turn off,it is not reading the remot or the tv(O,my sister [4 years 1 month 21 days old]went when i was outside AND UNPLUK MY MAIN POWER PLUK when it was still on)and now it is broken.I mean you could turn the PS3 off from the back if you felt like it, it's just that there's a chance the system may malfuction.So that after you turn off via the power button on the front if you aren't going to be using it for a while you can kill the power to the system so that you don't add kilowatt hours to your electric bill. The switch on the back is actually there so you can turn your PS3 off all together so its not even in standby mode.My PC has some internal power that lasts about 5 seconds so it shuts off slowly and safely.