1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010

    ps3 not booting after 3.41 FW update (replacement HDD)

    Hi Forum,

    i have playtv and replaced my orig 40gb hdd with a 250gb, and has been working for some time. i upgraded (i think from 3.40, not 100% sure) to 3.41, left to run overnight and next morning, disaster - not working at all. when boots up, green light goes on, but no output to tv.

    i know on my 40gb model part of the fw is stored on the HDD, and ive read some of the threads about the 3.41 changes.

    so i have re-formatted my HDD, fat32, and used a usb drive with FW 3.40, 3.41 and the re-released 3.41. each time it picks up the update, go through the motions - push ps button, hold start and select, picks up fw, and start to format (takes about 2-3 min which doesnt seem right). then says its going format HDD, reboot and reinstall OS, but after reboot, same state as before.

    HELP! any ideas appreciated...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009


    Turn off PS3.
    Turn on via pressing power button - hold button for 5 seconds, let go after double beep.

    Any video output?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    hey red, thanks for the suggestion! i found the recovery menu!!

    3 - restore file system > eventually prompted to update FW
    4 - rebuild databse > "HDD cannot be accessed" (i have since reformatted as FAT32 and tried again)
    5 - restore ps3 system > eventually prompted to update FW

    i've documented more clearly what happens under normal boot sequence, will hopefully help...

    - connect controller - press PS button
    - system software cannot be run correctly - press ps to restart. if cant restart, must reinstall system software, connect media with update data of 3.40 or later, press start/select to begin
    - preparing to update.. after preparation complete, system will restore automatically (there is hdd activity at diff % depending which fw ver im trying - but always reaches 100% and reboots - then end up where i started again)

    willing to try anything at this point... no tv at the moment!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    I remember reading that the new firmware was having some problems with upgraded HDDs. Have you tried reinstalling your old 40 GB and entering the recover menu?

    Supposedly there is a fixed version of the 3.41 firmware that fixes the HDD problems. Try re-updating using that one.

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