How to fix a bricked PS3 following firmware update 4.45

Following reports that some PS3 consoles are failing to boot properly after firmware update 4.45 was applied this week, here’s a couple of ways to try and fix the problem.

Turn off the PS3 and then boot up in safe mode.

Step 1:
1. Turn off the PLAYSTATION 3 by holding the Power button on the front of the unit till the Power light is red.

Step 2:
1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the PLAYSTATION 3 is powering on.
2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset.
3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (Power light is red).

Step 3:
1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PLAYSTATION 3 to power on.
2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.
3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release the Power button. If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, "Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button."

Step 4:
1. Connect your controller and choose Restart system. Has is fixed the issue?

If this hasn't worked we recommend you contact PlayStation support.

PlayStation Support – US
PlayStation Support – UK

Alternatively, keep an eye on this thread where users are discussing the issue.

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A gamer since the days of the ZX Spectrum, Steven Williamson now works as General Manager for PSU. He's supposed to be managing, but if you're reading this, it means he's dipped into editorial again.
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