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Freezing problem My playstation 3 40 gig freezes randomly when I'm playing any game or a movie, it could be 10 min. or 20 min. I was reading that it could have been because of the 2.40 firmware update. But, I recently updated to 2.41 and 2.42. I did the fan test. I restored all the defaults and I did a reformat. But doing a reformat does not get rid of the firmware. So how do I make it stop freezing. Some one suggested that I buy a fan at GameStop. Now, after I buy this fan do I have to open my PS3 to install the fan? Or is over heating not really the problem?

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  • marweck Aug 03, 2008

    My PS3 40 gigs also presents small freezes at random points and only in gamimg. I'm almost sure that this started to happen after 2.40 firmware update (or 2.41, don't remember).

    No problems with divx, blu-ray, dvd, wireless internet, etc.

    If the problem really is the firware, I believe that any cooler device will have no influence in this issue.

    Am I right???

  • rbeamer2 Aug 03, 2008

    I can confirm that it is not the fans. And Marweck, you are correct. I can play down loaded games right off the hard drive. But not when I put a game in the system. 10 or 20 minutes later my system would freeze. It has to be the firmware. My systems was fine in the month of May 08. Starting in the middle of June or late June was when I started having these problems. Yes, I did read about it on a forum right on the Playstation website. Sony took the download off of its server right away after finding out about the problem. Same thing is happening to me Marweck. I guys I have to pack it up and send it off to Sony. Next time I'm going to remember to keep my receipts. If you know of a solution please let me know.

  • rbeamer2 Aug 03, 2008

    I meant to say I guess I have to pack it up and get it serviced by Sony. I have to pay $125 or $150 dollars because I lost my receipt.

  • marweck May 11, 2010

    Hey rbeamer2, where have you read about a possible relation from this freeze problem and the 2.40 firmware update?

    Just to get things clear. What do you mean by freeze?

    In my case, i clearly see one refresh scan on the screen in an unacceptable refresh rate, in a frequency of 2 to 4 times per minute.

    I would like to know if it is the same with you and another folks.




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