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Systems tries to update and freeze at 99% and want go any futher

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  • swidmans Nov 07, 2010

    when system comes on it automatic goes to system update and began to install the only way to stoop it is turn off system when i turn it back on it starts updating again

  • swidmans Nov 07, 2010

    I tried to do that several times and each time when i let go after the 2 beeps a system update pop up and starts to install the only way i can stop it is turn off the systems

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Can I suggest you download the update to a memory stick with at least 256Mb free space on it. Create a directory on the memory stick called PS3, then inside that directory create a new folder called UPDATE. Put the update file into the UPDATE folder. Now back to your PS3

Turn the PS3 off into standby (red light on)

Press and hold the power button. It will beep when you first press it, beep again 5 seconds later and then beep once more and turn back off into standby. Release the power button.

Press and hold the power button again. It will beep when you first press it, then 5 seconds later it will beep again, then there will be 2 quick beeps together. Let go of the power button when you hear these 2 quick beeps.

The PS3 will start up asking you to connect a controller via USB and then press the PS button. Do then and then continue.

The PS3 will now load a menu. Make sure your memory stick is plugged into one of the USB ports of the PS3. Choose option 6 on the menu, "System Update". Follow the on screen instructions to install an update from an external device. Hopefully this should sort your problem for you.

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  • Kevin Penn Nov 07, 2010

    If you follow my instructions to go to the system restore menu it wont actually turn on fully if you get what I mean, the recovery menu kicks in before the PS3 loads up properly. This menu was designed for problems just like this, Give it a go and see how you get on

  • Kevin Penn Nov 07, 2010

    Ok, if it is not letting you access even the recovery menu then I am afraid you have severely corrupted firmware that only a replacement from Sony is going to fix. Give them a call and see if they will replace the system for you, explain that it went wrong after trying an update. They will probably tell you to do the holding the power button sequence but if this definitely does not work then it needs to be sent away.

    Sorry I cant be of more help

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