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PS3 Firmware 2.42 Causing Problems

Remember when the highly anticipated firmware update 2.40 for the PlayStation 3 arrived? It carried with it the in-game XMB and trophy support, and both features made Sony's machine significantly more appealing. However, a major issue with the update bricked some machines, and Sony was forced to provide us with firmware 2.41; designed for the express purpose of giving users a flaw-free update. So you probably said to yourself, "gee, hope this doesn't happen again.

Well, sadly, it seems it may have happened again. The complaints aren't quite as severe, but not being able to play Blu-Ray discs is kind of a setback, yes? Firmware 2.42 is supposed to enhance the quality of various PlayStation software playback, but according to some frustrated PS3 owner feedback, it's causing a variety of problems. There are complaints that no Blu-Ray discs will play, some saying all their PS3 save data is missing, and others that claim they can no longer connect to the Internet. Obviously, this is no good, and it seems Sony will have to give us firmware update 2.43 to combat and/or fix the issues caused by 2.42. We had really hoped this kind of screw-up would be left behind during the early days of the system's existence, but it seems these unreliable updates are ongoing.

We haven't seen an official reply from Sony on this matter just yet, but we assume we'll be seeing something within the next day or so. In this particular case, it never is the user's fault...it's Sony's, and they gotta fix it. Plain and simple.

8/3/2008 Ben Dutka

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recks1jtp
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:15:00 PM
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Any PSX Extreme visitors encounter this problem? If so, what has happend to your machine?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:22:38 PM

I have not seen any e-mails complaining of the issue, and I do remember seeing plenty when 2.40 came out.

From a personal standpoint, I have no problems and nobody I know who has downloaded 2.42 has any problems. It's a very small sample, of course, but that's what I know.

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recks1jtp
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:31:58 PM

Wow, that's a bummer...and a little strange too.

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MarvelZombies
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:33:00 AM

I can no longer listen to music while on the in game xmb...my internet connection cuts out while in the middle of loading...andmy harddrive was at like 20 gb left and now it says 7.5 is left...

2.43 better come out fast...

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Odd Child
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:21:37 PM

Seems alright to me, although my friends list didn't load. :-\

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The_Chimeran
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:17:10 PM
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To be honest i really don't think we need all these updates, well not after 2.41. all these minor tweaks and like better game support and things like that really seem better off for people to just download off the store or something like that...actually an update that loads the in game xmb faster would be great but definitely after that the current state it good. Anywayz this update is causing no problems whatsoever unless the internet connectivity is 2.42's fault.

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HUSO
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:22:03 PM
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i wish my BluRay reading problem was as simple as a fW update. But this sounds really bad, they should have more stringent testing procedures for FW updates. (mebbe i should wait for 2.43 and see if it fixes my ps3 :P)

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recks1jtp
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:32:51 PM

What happened to your blu-ray player?

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HUSO
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:46:25 PM

the only Game tht my ps3 detects on the fly is Uncharted. To play any other game i have to go through a insert/eject process for over an hour b4 it usually gets detected. But, i normally give up b4 an hour. DVDs and CDs play fine. As i'm in india i called up customer care and they said coz i got my PS3 from Hongkong, the PS3 games that they sell from India wn't play on it. And i know thts a damn lie coz there's not Region locking on ps3 games. But she wouldn't hear any of it. So for now Uncharted and PSN Demos are all i'm able to play until i find a solution. Kinda sux.

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recks1jtp
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:05:48 AM

Man, I feel for you, that does suck. That's like having the keys to a really hot car, but not being able to drive it.

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caliblue15
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 11:38:02 PM
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My XMB has been freezing since 2.42, everytime i go to the accessory menu, and mess with my mic. Never had any problems before, and might be because I switched back to a USB mic, to send in my broken bluetooth.

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recks1jtp
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:07:10 AM

Does anyone know if that information bar is causing any more problems with the XMB? I haven't had it displaying since they enabled it, because I heard stories of the XMB freezing.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 8:57:20 AM

yes that happens to me to i go and check a message in game and it doesn't load up and then freezes. I dont have any blu ray problems though.

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RebelExtrm02
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:05:23 AM
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My PS3 is running fine after 2.42. Been playing around with it all day.

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zbug06
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:06:24 AM
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havent had to many problems with the update just the occasional system lock up and game freeze every now and then. if theres a way to fix this let me know.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 8:58:23 AM

sup zbug

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dso8515
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:18:18 AM
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I haven't had any problems with my PS3 since installing 2.42 either, and I was playing it pretty much all afternoon including a PS2 game.

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Jove
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:47:03 AM
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hey i just got a ps3 and i want some friends! add me to your ps3 friends list!

jove324!

peace!

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snglbck26
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 9:27:13 AM

I bought one of the 80g PS3's back in December and haven't had any problems with the current update. Thankfully I don't have any missing data. That would suck.

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Jove
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 @ 6:48:08 AM

it would suck no doubt

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fatchad420
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 1:51:10 AM
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I haven't bothered updating yet.

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psxjunkhead85
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 2:29:37 AM
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Add me too we can have 100 friends so what the heck slapahoe08

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GamerKid123
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 2:43:21 AM
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Yeah, i had the problem with internet... 8002A548 is the error code i got, then i just disable media servers and it ran fine. Hope this helps.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 4:01:01 AM
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The only problem i have is how its always been, occasionally my theme resets when i turn my console on, also my internet freezes frequently, but thats how its always been aswell.

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Qubex
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 4:40:19 AM
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I am having no problem with my original 60GB playstation... throughout all these progressive updates I have not experienced a hitch...

As the Ps3 is basically a "computer" these problems were bound to happen... its bug city all over again... and also, as I have stated many times before... the ill fated strategy of going for "multiple SKU's" to save some money... in my view has been a silly and now rather difficult situation for Sony. Microsoft must be licking their paws!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Tay16
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 4:46:33 AM
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After I installed the 2.42 it made me restart my system then it made me format my ps3, so now ive lost all my save files on MGS4, fifa 08, need 4 speed and lots more

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Luan
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 5:07:07 AM
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I havent had one single problem...in fact...things have been faster to me...

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Pavex
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 6:16:21 AM
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damn!! that's a bummer! i'm glad i don't upgrade RIGHT away anymore! i HATE to brick my launch 60gig!!! i DOUBT sony'd give me another!!! hope they come out with a fix (2.43 SOOOON)

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Troy Powers
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 8:14:32 AM
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I've never experienced any problems with any of the fw updates. I don't get it. I know there are a few different versions of the PS3

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Minishmaru
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 8:19:13 AM
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No problems here...altho my PSP doesn't seem to be playing the mp4 files I download via the PSP web browser anymore. I think they made it less compatible somehow

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favre04
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 8:34:36 AM
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WELL FIRST OF ALL NEVER WAIT BE THE FIRST TO UPDATE & WOULD IT BE A SURPRISE IF MICROSOFT HAD SOMTHING TO DO WITH IT U KNOW I STILL BELEIVE IN SOFTWARE HACKERS . SINCE EACH EA GAME CAN UPDATE ITS OWN SOFTWARE ON PS3 WITH PETER MOORE AS THE BIG GUY WHO CAME FROM MICROSOFT ITS FUNNY NOW STUFF IS HAPPENING TO SONYS SOFTWARE LIVE 08 WORKS FINE 2K8 DOSENT SINCE UPDATE NOW THE SOFTWARE OF THE PS3 CMON SOMTHING UP

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danr
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 9:13:44 AM

Sorry, but... wtf?

Last edited by danr on 8/4/2008 9:13:56 AM

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Jove
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 @ 6:46:56 AM

conspiracy theory huh lol

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shindelion
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 9:55:26 AM
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no problem here.

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Zaben
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 10:21:07 AM
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Well I don't know if it was the update or if it was just my PS3 but a day or so after I downloaded the 2.42 update, my PS3 would no longer detect that anything was in it. Though eventually it did detect Battlefield: Bad Company, when I went to load it, it gave me an error code and said it was "Corrupted data" I was able to see some of the starting logos once, but it crashed soon after.

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Zaben
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 10:23:59 AM

Error code was 80010514. And I am getting my system replaced for free by Sony.

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snglbck26
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 10:30:17 AM
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Happy Birthday Ben.

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Aftab
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 12:47:43 PM
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Isn't ironic, that Sony is going through with the OS what Microsoft was going through with the hardware? Companies should stick to what they do best. They'll profit more.

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Xanavi23
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 4:13:46 PM
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I think when you try to implement drastic changes by way of an update, some set-backs are to be expected. However by the grace of god my Oldschool 20Gigger is still running bullet-proof, i am a lucky asshole.

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KingRed
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 8:56:37 PM
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Haven't been on my PS3 much lately but when I was didn’t t run into any trouble yet. Since I updated.

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Solid_Snake912
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 @ 3:39:52 AM
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I wonder why Sony can't release a silly update without causing internal problems? Im glad I don't own a PS3 yet because you would always be cautious wether the next update will play up your console. I hope they sort all of this silly update problems out for good when I go get my system in October.
Stupid Sony......

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cr67
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 @ 3:14:59 PM
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I'm so glad I didn't bother with this update!! I could care less about "trophies" so it wasn't really big deal for me to get the update anytime soon. My games play great and my BD collection works fine. No sense fixing what aint broke imo!

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 @ 3:53:46 PM
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Hope I don't jinx myself, but just downloaded this last night and Watched 21 on Blu-ray...no problems yet. Even went into the BD Live function to play around..

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PeeEssFwee
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 @ 5:58:16 PM
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The 2.42 firmware update turned my PS3 into an XBOX360..
Actually all went fine with this update, and with every other update needed.

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Noodles187
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 @ 9:58:12 PM
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When I got 2.42 my PS3 couldn't log onto the internet for more than 20 minutes without cutting out.

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gringo
Wednesday, August 06, 2008 @ 5:06:42 AM
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meh... since 2.40, the internet browser keeps freezing up. it's usually after i enter a search term into google, the moment i press start, the system freezes, all i can do is get to the "turn off system/controller" screen, and even when i tell it to shut down, the system has to go through an emergency shutdown, it's not too severe, because it doesn't happen that often, but it's still so very annoying D:

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Naga
Friday, August 08, 2008 @ 6:51:19 PM
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They should test the firmware for a week before they screws ps3's up

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Glitchh
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 @ 4:15:58 PM
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Wait so can someone tell me, what do i do if everytime i try an update it cancels the update 2.42...I wanna play online!. So what do i do?....

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