How to Fix Your Bricked PS3 (or Safely Update)

By Sam Gibbs on at

Following Sony's massive PS3 firmware-update cockup, which ended up bricking a load of consoles, it's detailed the steps you need to take to recover your console, or update successfully without causing any more damage.

Anyone who was lucky enough to not update to the dreaded 4.45, can simply hit software update and download the fixed 4.46. For those caught in the boot-loop from hell, here's how to recover it:

First things first, download the new firmware update, and transfer it onto a flash drive, in the folder "/PS3/UPDATE". You'll need 168MB spare for the update file.

Here's where the fun begins. You have to put your PS3 into Safe Mode (who knew the PS3 had a safe mode?). To do this, follow these steps:

1. Power-on the PS3 and hold the power button down until you've heard three beeps (one at power-on, one 5 seconds later, and a third 5 seconds after that) then release the power button.

2. Hold down the power button again for another three beeps, but this time the final beep will actually be a quick double-beep.

3. Release the power button after the quick double-beep.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to plug in a controller via USB and hit the PS button.

Now you're in Safe Mode, it's just a case of manually updating the firmware.

1. Plug your flash drive with the update file on it.

2. Select "6 - System Update".

3. Hit Start and Select at the same time on your joypad.

4. Follow the usual update procedure, accepting the user agreement etc.

Your PS3 should then reboot and you should be good to go. Let's hope Sony tests its updates a bit more thoroughly next time. It's alright for those of us who don't subscribe to PlayStation Plus, but all those that do get automatically updated. A dangerous thing to happen with updates can brick things. [Sony]

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