Tip & How-To about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

How to get the Recovery Menu on your PS3

Since PS3 Firmware update 2.50 there's an interesting Recovery Menu on your PS3. This is really useful when your console won't work properly.

  1. Switch completely off your PS3, also the main power behind the console. Hold on 30 sec.
  2. Turn on the main switch wait for the red stand-by led
  3. Turn on the console with the front switch and HOLD on it, until your console will switch on then off again
  4. Release the switch and now put your finger on it again and hold on it. ATTENTION now: you will hear the first beep, it is the switching on so don't consider it, after 1 second you'll hear another beep then after another second you'll hear 2 fast beep-beep in this moment release the switch.
  5. Now your ps3 will ask to plug a controller, it must be connected with the USB cord to the console, and press the PS key.
  6. You're in, make your choice.
  7. Before you use those options, be sure that you really need it because you may lose your saved stuff. Anyway you won't lose your Trophies because they're stored online.
If you still can't get in, try again few more times. IMPORTANT: you can enter the menu only if your last firmware is 2.50 or higher!

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Cannot Update using USB Drive


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i had to download the latest update. got to 35% then came up with 8002F165. it won'let me go to the home menu. please help:(


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When i powered on my PS3 a red screen appears saying a "Serious problem has occurred. Contact you technical support". I am out of warranty. I formatted the hard disk of the PS3 from my laptop, and then i update with the firmware 3.21. The update went fine but fast and then the red appears again. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help and time in advance.


How to Access Playstation Recovery Menu


1. Turn off Playstation®3.

2. Hold The power button down; The system will turn on and turn off once again.

3. Once the System has been shutdown, re-press you finger until you hear 2 consecutive beeps

4. When you hear the 2 beeps take finger off power button.

5. You will be promted to plug in your controller via usb and then hit the PS button

6. The Recovery menu will pop up.




you can try some of the options from this menu if your ps3 will allow you to bring it up i really hope this helps you out


Nov 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation 3 (PS3) Console: trying to update software and keep getting the 800...


You will need an extra 2.5" HDD. use a laptop HDD.
So we all know with this error, it won't allow you to enter in the recovery menu because it would try to re-install the bad 2.8 update firmware again and again once it turned on.
1. So what I did was I swapped the laptop HDD into the PS3, it won't be able to read the HDD but it will allow you to enter the recovery menu now.
(for those who do not know how to get into the recovery menu, here is the instruction http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?message
.uid=39144801
)
2. Once I'm in the recovery menu, I took out the laptop HDD and put back in the PS3 HDD.
3. I also downloaded the 3.01 firmware from the PS website and uploaded into my USB drive and put that in the PS3 slot.
4. At this point, you want to select "system update" and update to the 3.01 version.

For some reason, the first time doing this the system froze at 67% with a new error (but i didn't write down the code). So I had repeat step 1 and 2, but this time when I put back in the PS3 HDD I chose "restore file system" without having to do the system update again. Then it gave me another error at around 65% that said the disk is corrupted and tell me to press OK to format the disk. After it formatted, it automatically install the 3.01 version and the system is fixed.

May 07, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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wont start messages comes up saying correct hard disk not found


your hard drive may be dying. or the file system may be corrupted.

before you get a new hard drive there are some tricks to try.

#1 remove the HDD and boot it up without it in, then turn off and put the HDD back in and boot again.

#2 rebuild the file system in the recovery menu

#3 rebuild the database in the recovery menu


To get to the recovery menu you need to press and hold the power button when the ps3 is in standby mode untill you hear a double beep then release. sometimes the ps3 will go back to standby mode before it does the double beep if it does just release the button and press and hold again real fast and wait for double beep.

here is what mine does

ps3 standby(red light) press hold power...........beep...............beep.........standby again, release hold............beep..................double beep ..release power button.

from the recovery consol you can rebuild the file system and database sometimes when they are corrupted it has same symptoms as a dying HDD.

P.S. rebuilding the file system and database will not lose any of your ps3 data, other options will though like the restore ps3 and format HDD.
if the above tricks dont work try updating the firmware, if your at the current firmware you can re-install it from the recovery menu as well using a usb memory stick or a cd with the firmware on it.

if all that doesnt help it looks like its time to get a new HDD, but at least you can upgrade it to a bigger ps3 now. any sata laptop HDD should work. i think a 160gb HDD is only $50ish.

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