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How to fix a bricked PS3 following firmware update 4.45

21 June 2013

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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