PS3 firmware 4.45 has left many people with a bricked PS3. Keep calm, watch certain PlayStation Community Forum topics and learn about the PS3's Safe Mode so you're prepared to act the second Sony has a fix.
for those too lazy to click the link you can fix it yourself. to do this, boot into safe mode and re-update the firmware. to access safe mode (i didn't know it existed until this): power off the ps3, then hold down the power on key until the system has powered up three times. do not release the power key until the third power up. the 1st power up is normal mode (which is broken), the 2nd is video reset mode (which won't help) but the 3rd will bypass the broken firmware and let you re-update. sony gets bad marks for releasing an incompletely tested firmware update, but kudos for having the safe mode which saves you having to send it in and them from being sued.
Re-update to what firmware?
to the same one because you can't go back to the old one. I did it and it worked for me.
Sony should have a second update up after the last one was pulled ;)
Thanks for that bit of info, I did not know that you could do that.(Agreed & Bubble+)
It happend when i finished upgrading my hard disk :( I just reformat my hard disk and restore the file system and it's worked :)
Well you could call Sony and they might re-inburse you with a new free PS3 with a free game I guess.
Yup why don't you go try that...
i didnt brick my ps3, and it was just a guess, you would obviously have to send it in to them...
Ah cool, glad it's an easy fix and not a total brick. Glad it wasn't like the Xbox fiasco a few years ago.
So all this nonsense and all people had to do was re install the patch. this is nothing new, I have had to do this a couple of times in the past. A bricked console is a dead cosole, anyone with common sense can fix this.
Ever since sony implemented the new psn store look things are a lot more cumbersome and buggy. Sony needs to go back to the original blue psn store look because it was a lot better overall performance wise & and was more user friendly, not this buggy, jigsaw puzzle, cumbersome mess that it is now.
By the original blue PSN store, I assume you mean the second version? Not the version that shipped when the console was released? Because the original was truly awful.
Yes the second version is what I meant. I bought my ps3 metal gear solid 4 bundle the first day that bundle was released which was about a year after the ps3 was out. All of this time I thought the blue version of psn was the original, I did not know that they changed the first version psn store that quick(from the first year).
Was it really within the first year? Gosh, I remember spending AGES trying to trawl through the pages of the original, browser-based store... It really was terrible, and FAR worse than the current version!
would this delete all your game saves?
No it's just firmware. Unless it asks to reformat your hard drive.
This "quick fix" does not resolve the issue. Re-updating to 4.45 still leads to the flowing ribbon screen and no further - no XMB. Most people who attempt to reinstall the firmware end up not even being able to get back to the ribbon - just a black screen. It is advised that if you have a "bricked" system from this latest firmware debacle, DO NOT attempt to use Safe Mode to make any adjustments because it could further diminish your system. So far, there are no cases reported where the Safe Mode has been disabled even after black-screen results. The official and unofficial word is to sit tight and wait for Sony to release an update higher than 4.45 then use the PC method to install it via Safe Mode unless otherwise instructed. You cannot revert to an older firmware version and you cannot repair the current one with any action short of removing your HDD and inserting one that MIGHT work. Furthermore, those who have agreed to the prompts to reformat the HDD have done so and very very few of them have been able to restore their system to a working condition. Those who have been able to may or may not have been experiencing the same problem with 4.45 as the rest who have had their system disabled because of it. Sony is being very tight-lipped about it so there is no more than one or two sentences released about this at this point. There are thousands of users affected and that all happened in a very short amount of time. Not one of them knows of a fix yet. To further impede the restoration efforts, more rumors are flying around that this issue only affects after-market HDDs, those that are 500GB or larger, or both. This is not the case according to the dozens who are reporting this issue with their stock models, some I have seen as low as 60GB. No one has pinpointed a common thread as to which systems are and which systems are not vulnerable.
What a hassle. I am not turning my PS3 on and risking this.
if haven't updated your ps3 then your safe. Sony took down the firmware so it wont ask for you to update it.
oh lol, I was wonderin' why in the other article people weren't bothered with a brick. Still stuff I don't know about my Ps3 :/
lucky that my ps3 didn't ask for the update :)
comes to worse you can always reformat the hard drive and download sony ofw.
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