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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jun 19, 2013

Sony Pulls 4.45 Firmware Patch Due To Bricking Issue

The 4.45 firmware patch for the PS3 was supposed to allow you to disable trophy notifications in game, but it appears that for many people its disabled the system altogether. Many folks are reporting that after they installed the 4.45 patch the system would reboot, only to hang up on the second screen, and nothing short of pulling the plug would make the system work. This isn’t affecting all PS3’s, but it isn’t limited to original or slim models either. Instead, at this time it appears to have to do with the hard drive, namely those hard drives installed by users over 500 GB.

Luckily, Sony has already pulled the patch and are now investigating the issue. From their Twitter: “Hi guys, we’re aware of reports that the recent PS3 update (4.45) has caused. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating.”

If you happen to be one of the people who installed the update and now has a useless PS3, there is a solution! You can take a USB drive and install the old firmware by booting into safe mode. If you don’t know how to access safe mode on the PS3, here are the step by step instructions from Sony’s website right here!

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