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Latest firmware update bricks PS3s with modified HDDs

Latest firmware update bricks PS3s

If you’ve connected your PlayStation 3 to the Internet today and it asked you to update your firmware, don’t do it. The firmware, numbered at 4.45, seems to have a bug that is bricking PS3s. The problem doesn’t seem to be universal. Only consoles that have been modified to add an HDD with more than 500GB of storage seem to be affected. This, however, is yet to be confirmed. Sony is yet to say anything on the matter.

PlayStation 3 owners have taken to the official PlayStation forums to vent their grievances with the update.

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All is not well in PlayStation-land

The brick issue is presumably not intentional, since Sony hasn’t ever mentioned in the past that changing the console’s HDD is against the Terms of Service of the console. The company will probably be releasing an update that fixes the issue soon. To do so, you’ll have to access the PS3’s Safe Mode, since the XMB interface of the console will be unavailable.

Booting the console up into Safe Mode is a lengthy process, but it is relatively simple. You can check out how to do so here. From the Safe Mode, you can simply make the PS3 install a new firmware from a USB drive as long as it is formatted in FAT32.

Update: Sony has pulled the update down from its website’s manual download section, and presumably from the console’s servers as well. The firmware update was originally aimed at fixing some issues with system stability and gave users the ability to turn off Trophy notifications.



  1. Are you able to still take part in the latest games on custom firmware?

  2. I’ll be lounging bricks tomorrow….any tips

    Wow….the fireplace clay aspect is a touch much for me personally.

    I would try to develop a fire bowl within my backyard.

    I’ve 128 Burgundy Mod Bricks

    I’ve 80 fire bricks

    2 80lb bags of N type mortar

    And That I had One Gallon/10lbs of fireside Clay……However I fudged up

    This Is Actually The FIRST Factor I’ve Went INTO Which I Canrrrt Do. THAT ANGERS ME To Some DEGREE You Do Not UNDERSTAND.

    I Will HIRE SOMEBODY….fortunately I’ve got a friend who it as a living together with his father.

    Thank everyone for your help….Guy I’m MAD…Not Have I BEEN DEFEATED.

  3. Mitchell Dansbury

    I’m attempting to develop a fire bowl in my backyard. I am wondering if a person ended up being to encounter the outdoors area of the brick are they going to get burnt? Must i add some type of insulation or perhaps a second wall to avoid that?

  4. how lengthy will it require a wii to become bricked?

    will my wii be bricked basically use action replay codes with update and just how lengthy could it be until its broke?

  5. You will find downturns within the two flat sides of the brick.. exactly what are they for?

  6. please could someone let you know that to brick up a window, there exists a really small bathroom,backing onto a conservatory, it’s a single brick construction and the only method to use a shower would be to brick up 1 / 2 of a window, can a diy’er get it done?, idiot proof instructions could be really appreciated!!!

    thank you to any or all who assisted me, i have adopted board all of the advice and can give it a try!!! once more thanks all

  7. Hey I have to replace some bricks at the base of the fire place… I’d be thank full if a person could let me know the types of materials I needs and then any directions and methods you are able to offer somebody who has little experience lounging bricks.

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