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(Release date - 20th January, 2016)
Main features in system software update version 4.78
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PlayStation®3 System Software Version 4.78
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There have been several cases of lens problems with PS3. While there is no solid explanation for these lens failures (one theory is the overheating of the lens), I'll just list down some of the best practices recommended by our community here.
- if possible, remove the BD from PS3 before you shut it off (advice from Bernard of GS)
- in any case of freeze/lockups, eject any disc in the drive first before attempting to restart the system. This will lower the risk of the BD drive problem 
- a few have theorized the questionable quality of pirated DVD movies may overly-stressed the BD laser leading to failures, best avoid them
- as always, don't place the ps3 in a closed off cabinet with restricted airflow. make sure the placement of the ps3 don't block any of its vents.
- Try not to place your PS3 on the same level that you place your front speakers. The sounds generated from the speakers regardless low or high volume will cause some low or high vibration across the AV cabinet or table panel and this might have a negative damage impact on the BD mechanism lens and it parts (especially when the lens is in reading mode, the sensitivity is much greater to any shock or vibration)
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Some things that I have to make clear of though:
- If the paint color on the wordings (SONY, START, SELECT) are a little lighter than it was before... this is in fact a very minor aesthetic change.
Sony wants the white controller to look a little more "icey", if you get what I mean. So this doesn't mean the controller is fake.
- The PS button looks darker than it was before. Now I don't know why it is darker, but again this doesn't prove that it is fake.
But right now, a few things you have to look at for is:
- The sticker on the back.
Now, no matter how good the counterfeits are the one thing they can never get correct is the sticker at the back.
Take good close look at the barcode, if they aren't digital black ink you know its fake.
Take a good close look at the sticker, it should be alligned PERFECTLY in proportion to the box.
And finally if you have a magnifying glass, look REALLY REALLY closely at the edge of the sticker, you should be able to see an under-layer of another piece there.
This signifies the sticker is original, once peeled it CANNOT be sticked back on as the barcode will be teared off.
- Open up the controller.
The sure fire way to see if its fake or real.
Unlike back in the PS1 and PS2 days, DS3 counterfeits are in such quality that even on the inside it is hard to distinguish the fake and the real.
But there are somethings to look out for. Check the vibration motors, if they aren't labeled that they're from Immersion (the same company that sued and later made an alliance with Sony), you can tell they're fake.
Look for the wordings IMI. If you don't see it, don't fret.
The next thing to look at is the soldering points on the board, if they aren't clean... you know something ain't right.
Then the battery of course, most if not all counterfeit DS3s uses refurbished batteries in which case they won't last long at a full charge.
And finally the motion controller on the DS3, it should be made by Toshiba and no one else... unless Sony changed to a different manufacturer (which I don't think they did).
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Unofficial PLAYSTATION®3 GENERAL FAQ
PS3 / Games Complete FAQ - Everything you need to know! (GameAxis)
PlayStation 3: Hardware FAQ (GameFAQs)
HFS - simple HTTP fileserver for transferring media to PS3
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Q) PS3 firmware update?. Latest version: 4.75 (2 JUNE 2015)
A) Refer here (Asian official PS3 update website).
All PS3 firmware from 1.02 - 4.xx are region-free (same md5 accross the mirrors = exact same files on each server). You can download from any mirror. For future updates, we will check whether they are still region-free, and will reflect that if there is any changes here. You can update to the latest firmware, there is no need to update incrementally one by one if you havent updated for a while.
The USB drive must be in FAT16 or FAT32, and put the update according to this structure (all caps):
In PS3, go to -> Settings -> System Update -> Update from storage media
Q) I encountered an error during the firmware update
A) Press Start + Select to reinstall the firmware update from the error screen. Make sure you have prepared a USB drive with the PUP as above. Check the filename correctly before putting it into the USB drive. Sometimes when we download the firmware using download manager, filename might change to eg. PS3UPDAT(6).PUP, can render ps3 useless (Not found firmware file in USB drive).
Q) After updating the PS3's FW, now my PS3 is bricked
A) Refer to PS3 hidden recovery menu and here
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This post has been edited by shahreza2000: Mar 13 2016, 05:50 PM