Firmware Update 4.45 Bricking PS3s - Do Not Update!

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  • lucky_jim 19 Jun 2013 05:59:08 5,350 posts
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    http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-Support/Problem-after-update-to-4-45/m-p/40712247#U40712247

    Apparently units with larger, non-OEM hard disks are most affected, but it's happening pretty widely. Sony have pulled the update, but if you have PS+ it may have downloaded overnight. If this is the case, do not run the update.
  • Barrel_Trollz 19 Jun 2013 06:50:42 210 posts
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    Jim speaks the troof!
  • rockavitch 19 Jun 2013 07:00:37 380 posts
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    Worked fine for mr, but I'm on a non upgraded slim console.

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  • Deleted user 19 June 2013 07:05:53
    Fuck! I hope they fix it soon.
  • RyanDS 19 Jun 2013 07:09:12 9,844 posts
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    Doesn't this happen every udate?
  • Deleted user 19 June 2013 07:29:11
    It's looking like quite a wide spread problem. Many people now have bricked consoles. Good thing I look up on the internets before I install updates.

    I'm smart.
  • dominalien 19 Jun 2013 07:32:04 7,065 posts
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    I wonder whether they'll be able to unbrick them remotely, or if the consoles are going to have to be brought in.

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  • Trafford 19 Jun 2013 07:50:37 5,971 posts
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    Oh Christ. I've got a 3rd party 250gb in mine.
    Give me a moment, I'm going to risk it.
  • dominalien 19 Jun 2013 08:00:34 7,065 posts
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    Seriously?

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  • Trafford 19 Jun 2013 08:04:34 5,971 posts
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    I have have a devil may care attitude in life ;)
    Besides, day off and I have my kids over tonight.

    Anyway, switched on, I'm still at 4.41 so I disconnected the ethernet.
  • Ron_Justice 19 Jun 2013 08:10:30 2,488 posts
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    I just checked. PS+ had downloaded the new firmware but it's not been installed. I then checked the system info and still at 4.41. I then went to do a system update and the system tells me I'm up to date. Looks, even if you wanted to, you can't fuck anything up, as of right now - 8am GMT.

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  • brn 19 Jun 2013 08:35:42 232 posts
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    seems like people are able to go into safe mode, so if they run into the problem they can just put the incoming fixed update on a stick and install from safe mode. so the PS3s aren't really "bricked".
  • santashi 19 Jun 2013 08:59:19 5,167 posts
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    PS+ hadn't even downloaded it for me, luckily (updates at 4am).

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  • dominalien 19 Jun 2013 09:01:48 7,065 posts
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    It had downloaded for me over night, but I wisely refrained from updating.

    @Trafford

    I thought you'd be trying to update. :-)

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  • morriss 19 Jun 2013 09:59:33 71,286 posts
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    Buy a PS4. This sort of thing won't happen, promise!
  • Deleted user 19 June 2013 10:11:57
    I'm sure after 5 refreshes the Xbox One will stop bricking itself like the 360.
  • yegon 19 Jun 2013 10:13:28 5,416 posts
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    Phew, I'm still on 4.41.

    I'm new to PS+, bunged in a 1tb drive in my Slim only last week (up from 500gb). It did download the system update overnight but fortunately didn't actually update. Is there a way to actually delete the update file from the system, couldn't see it anywhere obvious?

    Anyway, I've since revised my auto update settings and unchecked system update! A past update actually bricked my laucnh US BC PS3, but fortunately it was after 2.50 (or whatever it was) which introduced a recovery mode.

    Edited by yegon at 10:15:40 19-06-2013
  • Spunkweazle 19 Jun 2013 10:16:12 470 posts
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    My ps3 does its business in the night, is there any danger it's autobricked it's self?

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  • yegon 19 Jun 2013 10:18:20 5,416 posts
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    Spunkweazle wrote:
    My ps3 does its business in the night, is there any danger it's autobricked it's self?
    It'll be like mine I expect, it will have downloaded the update in the night, but not actually executed it thank god.

    Although mine is set for 0200-0400, if yours is 0400 onwards it may not have even downloaded it.

    Having only had PS+ and a 1tb drive for about a week, what a welcome to PS+ that would have been :/

    As it is, I'm just left shaking my head as to why the feck I didn't sign up for PS+ aaaages ago. I'm an idiot.

    Edited by yegon at 10:20:31 19-06-2013
  • Tuffty 19 Jun 2013 10:18:26 1,746 posts
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    I've a 500GB Slim PS3, with PS Plus set to automatically update at 4am. Can't check til later tonight cause I'm in work, but I worry now in case it's updated the firmware for me and I get affected by it. So if it downloaded the update, but didn't actually update, like yegon has said, I guess I just don't do anything to run the update manually and turn the wi-fi off to be safe?
  • yegon 19 Jun 2013 10:21:43 5,416 posts
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    Tuffty wrote:
    I've a 500GB Slim PS3, with PS Plus set to automatically update at 4am. Can't check til later tonight cause I'm in work, but I worry now in case it's updated the firmware for me and I get affected by it. So if it downloaded the update, but didn't actually update, like yegon has said, I guess I just don't do anything to run the update manually and turn the wi-fi off to be safe?
    Yeah, you'll be fine, although I wish I could locate the update file to erase it from existence.
  • X201 19 Jun 2013 10:27:03 15,743 posts
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    Spunkweazle wrote:
    My ps3 does its business in the night, is there any danger it's autobricked it's self?
    No.

    Auto Update only downloads the file. It still needs you to start the install so that you can agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • morriss 19 Jun 2013 12:43:21 71,286 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    I'm sure after 5 refreshes the Xbox One will stop bricking itself like the 360.

    7 years ago. 2013 and Sony still can't get it's shit together.
  • dominalien 19 Jun 2013 12:51:22 7,065 posts
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    Yeah, yeah. Go away now.

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  • yegon 19 Jun 2013 13:07:31 5,416 posts
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    I've had every brand of console rrod/ylod/brick this generation bar Nintendo. I put the latter down to not using it much though tbh.

    I'll give it to MS, they replaced 3 consoles for me with a 4 day turnaround each time. Sony offered me a 130 ylod fix on an 18 month console which I never bothered with since it'd only likely last 6 months or so, tsk. It's sitting in the loft somewhere. In hindsight, I should got all Sale of Goods Act on their ass, or whichever one it is.

    Point being, neither MS or Sony have showered themselves in glory this gen.

    Edited by yegon at 13:14:27 19-06-2013
  • Dirtbox 19 Jun 2013 13:22:54 79,203 posts
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    That thread is a great read, looks like Sony are going to be a few tens of millions out of pocket before the week is out. And they were doing so well too!

    ed: aw, nevermind. Looks like there's a way to fix it.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 13:24:11 19-06-2013

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  • Dirtbox 19 Jun 2013 13:26:08 79,203 posts
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    Here's the fix, cos I'm helpful.

    Safe Mode Access is:

    1: Red Light (Standby)
    2: Press and HOLD Power Button on Console
    3: When you hear a Beep, KEEP HOLDING
    4: When you hear a Second Beep, Wait a moment and Release Power.
    5: Should be in Standby/Red Light Mode again
    6: Press and HOLD Power Button on Console (A Second Time)
    7: When you hear a Beep, KEEP HOLDING
    8: When you hear Two Fast Beeps, Release Power Button Quickly

    System Boots to Safe Mode
    Attach USB Cable and Controller
    Press PS Button

    Warning: No Fix for 4.45 Bricks here yet though! Some Options in this menu will erase your messages, trophies, and even the entire hard drive. Use Only if you know what you're doing or if you've been told to do so.

    To Fix the 4.45 Brick: (Most Likely)
    Boot to Safe Mode (as Above)
    ...Wait for Fix/Patch Firmware...
    Put on Flash Drive in /PS3/UPDATE
    Insert Flash Drive
    Select "6. Update Firmware" from Safe Mode Menu
    Let Fix/Patch Install..

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  • morriss 19 Jun 2013 13:27:13 71,286 posts
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    lol.
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