Boot the Playstation 3 into safe mode

What some people don’t know how to do til it’s to late is how to boot the Playstation 3 into safe mode, they already bricked their Playstation 3 and start to panic and worry since the device is out of warranty.

It seems that the the Playstation 3 firmware version 4.45 update landed before it got a chance to be tested, there are reports of about 90% coming from 500GB-1TB hard drive being affected.

What you will need:

  1. Time.
  2. Patience.

First hold the Power button on the Playstation 3 for about ~15 seconds. The First beep you hear will turn the PS3 on, the second beep will reset the Video settings and the third beep will shutdown the PS3. After the third beep it is normal for the Playstaion to shut down after this point you will want to do the same thing again but this time you will hear 2 beeps in quick concession and you will have to connect the USB cable to the controller and to the Playstaion 3.

There are a bunch of options in here and I will assume you have a backup on your data just in case. What we are looking for is Option 6 which is the System Update. At this point you will need 2 things:

  1. USB Drive.
  2. A PC with Internet connection.


You will need to download the latest Playstation 3 Update located on Sony’s website and download the firmware. Once that is completed you will need to make sure your USB drive is formated and nothing is on it. You will need to create a folder in all caps called PS3 and inside the PS3 folder you will need to create another folder in all caps called UPDATE. Now you can extract the firmware inside the UPDATE folder and plug the USB drive into the PS3 and you can start the update process in the Playstation 3.

I have also added Sony’s official video on how to boot the Playstation 3. This will go over alot more options and what they do. It is definitely worth checking out.


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