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Guide: How To Manually Unbrick Your PS3 Using Software Update v4.46

Posted by Damien McFerran

v4.45, begone!

A short time ago, Sony issued PS3 software update v4.45, which was supposed to offer minor software upgrades and the ability to turn off Trophy notifications. However, for some users, it came with a hidden catch — the update rendered many consoles totally useless.

Sony promised an update to solve the issue for those users impacted by the problem, and has lived up to its word.

If you downloaded the v4.45 update and didn't experience any ill-effects, then you can grab v4.46 in the usual manner. However, if you were one of the unlucky ones who ended up with a bricked system following the update process, you can follow this handy Sony-approved step-by-step guide to get your beloved PS3 up and running again.

Step 1: Manually Download System Software

  • You will need a USB Mass Storage device such as a USB flash drive with at least 168 MB of free space. If your PS3 is either CECHA00/CECHB00 series model, you can also use Memory Stick™, SD Memory Card, and CompactFlash®.
  • Create a folder named "PS3" on the storage media or USB device.
  • Within the PS3 folder, create a folder named "UPDATE".
  • Using your computer, click the following hyperlink to begin downloading system software 4.46
  • Download the update data from the webpage and save it in the "UPDATE" folder.
  • Location: Save in the "PS3" folder > "UPDATE" folder
  • File name: Save as file name "PS3UPDAT.PUP"
  • Note: If the data is not saved in the correct way, the PS3 will not recognize the update data. The folder name must be in all uppercase letters.

Step 2: Activate Safe Mode

  • With the PS3 off (power light should be red), touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the 1st beep indicating that the PS3 is powering on.
  • Continue to hold the power button, and after approximately 5 seconds you will hear a 2nd beep.
  • Continue to hold the power button and after 5 more seconds you'll hear a 3rd beep, and system will power off (Power light goes red).
  • Release power button.
  • Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the 1st beep, again for PS3 power on.
  • Continue to hold and after approximately 5 seconds you will hear the 2nd beep for video reset.
  • Continue to hold and after 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release power button.
  • If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on screen saying, "Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button".
  • Connect a controller to the PS3 with a USB cable.
  • If you were not able to get into Safe Mode, your system may need service. Please contact Sony for further assistance.

Step 3: Manually Update PS3 Software

  • Connect the storage media to PS3 system.
  • Select [6 - System Update] and Press X.
  • Please note: Data and settings may be deleted if you choose any of the first (5) options. Please make sure to only choose option [6 - System Update].
  • Press Start and Select at the same time.
  • The PS3 system will restart and recognizes the update file in the storage media.
  • Press right on the d-pad to scroll through the update description and user agreement.
  • Press X to confirm the update.
  • The system will now install the new system software and restart automatically upon completion.


User Comments (14)



rjejr said:

Hey Damien, is Sammy ok, he hasnt missed a day in 5 years but hasnt posted since Sat? E3 take its toll or did he finally take a vacation?

You NL guys didnt have a coup d'etat did you!



Damo said:

@rjejr He's on his holiday at the moment - we have to let him have one sometimes, I guess!



Splat said:

I was wondering where Sammy was too.

Has any one downloaded the latest update? They pulled the 4.45 update before I downloaded it thank God and I'm afraid too download 4.46.



Yankeejer said:

I installed the update. Everything is working fine now. Thanks for the update guys. For some reason Playstation didn't announce it on their blog. I guess they want to keep it low key.



rjejr said:

@Damo - Thanks for the update. Thought he might have done himself in w/ too many meals of Pot Noodles.



Splat said:

I installed the update as well and everything seems to be working fine. I'm not sure why anyone would want too turn off Trophy notifications? It makes the greatest sound ever when a trophy pops haha.



artemisthemp said:

Mine update from 4.41? to 4.46 and still alive
I however don't have a plan to remove the Trophy pop, since I love the Trophy sound.



Jaz007 said:

@Damo Thanks for keeping the site up to date while he's taking a break. Sammy is a volunteer right? It's hard to beileve.




It Works, And Actually Mine Bricked At The 4.50 Update. But The 4.46 Update Worked, Can Now Use My Backward Compatible Again. Thanks For The INFO!

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