PS3: Recovery menu – fix your BluRay issues

It appears that more and more people suffer failures on the PS3 where games don’t load or the BluRay drive seems to fail. A number of people have reported that in most instances the issue seems to be a corruption of the BluRay-driver (either due to a firmware update or an improper shutdown).

Since the firmware release 2.5, the PS3 has a Recovery menu with the following options:

  1. Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
  2. Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.
  3. Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
  4. Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
  5. Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
  6. System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System

You will want to select the 3rd option which re-flashes corrupt system files back into flash-memory. The PS3 stores a copy of firmware drivers on the hard-drive and will reload any corrupt files. To access the recovery menu, do this:

  1. Make sure the PS3 is turned off
  2. Press and hold the power button on the PS3 it will power on then power off.
  3. When it’s off press and hold the power button again until you hear two consecutive beeps. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try)
  4. It will ask for the controller to be connected via the USB cable,
  5. Turn on the controller and you will have access to the menu.

Update (2009/12/29): If you would like to manually download the latest firmware, follow this link. Use the URL in the file to download the latest PS3 firmware (note: this is for EU/UK and South African region only)

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11 Responses

  1. michi says:

    sir, the question might be soo noob, but how can i download the firmware 2.50 from this webpage?

  2. Eric L. Schneider says:

    My son tried this fix several times & said the PS3 was initiating the fix / downloading but then nothing happened. Any advise?

  3. Anthrax says:

    I’m having almost the same issue with my ps3. Sony released FW 3.15 just before the end of 2009. I installed it, fine after a couple of hours until I noticed that it’s freezing up my games. I mean I can still access PSN and play PS2 and PS1 games but it’s only affecting my ps3 games. I called up Sony and they told me that it’s a hardware issue not the software. I think it was the FW they released which screwed my ps3. Also the guy on the phone told me that I should pay £130 just to have it replaced. I told the guy that, that’s to much your ripping people off.

    So am stuck with a crippled ps3 =( I don’t know what to do.

    Can anyone help me?

    Thankyou. My email [email protected].

    • DJ FRED says:

      ive tried all that but still it says i have corrupted files and nothing will work, it is not reading my games at all, is there a cd that i could by somewhere to do a restore like qhen i bought it new????
                                                                                                         thnx DJ FRED

  4. Nima N. Pourahmady says:

    This fixed my issue with it freezing after 5 minutes. Thanks!

  5. imraan says:

    will this fix my blue ray not detecting disks

  6. richard says:

    i have a ps3 i switched out the bluray but when i put the game in it still dose not read is there anything i can do?

  7. xxqpxx says:

    thanks so much. restore file system (#3) fixed my freezing issue.

  8. Aundrea says:

    If your blueray does not read yhat means your laser is bad and you need to buy a new laser. even though it plays your dvd and your games your laser is still bad

  9. Vadim says:

    thanks a lot. i was able to fix blue ray problem by restoring files. now my 9 year old can watch his movies on ps3. thanks again.

  10. spikesbuddy says:

    Worked like a charm. Thanks. The trick is to wait for the double beep.

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