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PS3 XMB running Slow
12.20.2011
9:40 am
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I admit, I haven’t been treating it wisely lately. Once I kept it running for 2 days, downloading some demos and games from the PSN. I’ve noticed a slight slow downs in the overall performance, Mainly in the XMB. The dashboard is slowing down some how, especially when I navigate through my PSN games or friends list. Sometimes it freezes for a second. I am not quite sure what the problem is. I have followed your tutorial on rebuilding the database with no luck. Also I've tried option 3 in the boot menu and the problem still exists. Thankfully my in-game experience is fairly smooth. I am still able to run my games with no slow downs nor freezes. I am a little concerned to be honest. I hope this problem doesn’t escalates to full freezes or something beyond repair. Prices for PS3 where I live are not cheap as you might know and we don’t have Sony support in my region. I have looked this problem up online, some people refer it to the software update, which I was running just fine till I installed the Gotham Impostors beta ”I have deleted that” and some others think its the first step before having the infamous YLOD. I am freaking out! Do you have any advice, thread to refer me to, or even an expert? I’d appreciate it.

Update: Problem gotten worst, Some of the PSN games are unplayable … check this video

12.30.2011
10:35 am
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Heard you fixed it. What steps did you take to fix it? In case other have a similar issue

12.30.2011
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Proven.

Clear all recieved and sent messages

Sync Trophies

GT5 also helps with a clear cache option found in settings

12.31.2011
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If the problem appears again, it could also be a database problem. Turn of your PS3. Turn it on by holding the power button until it turns off by itself. Now, turn it on while AGAIN holding the power button until you hear several beeps and release the button to be taken to the system menu. Select option 4 (Rebuild database). This will delete your playlists and your messages but rebuild the database. Should help your solve this if it happens again.Just back up any saves and sync your trophies to be on the safe side.

01.12.2012
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Obviously none of the online available fixes were helpful. I've even went as far as resetting the PS3 to System default. This issue was clearly HDD related. I've replaced the HDD with a 500GB model and now things are back to normal. If you experience lag in the XMB and/or offline lag especially while playing games that are stored on your HDD, then its most probably the hard drive. You will notice the blinking orange light flashing extensively. If none of the above methods worked, then back up your data and try to format the hard drive externally and by that I mean through a SATA cable connected to your PC or Mac. Format the HDD to Fat32, download the latest PS3 firmware on a small flashdrive (there is a tutorial on the official page) then give it a shot. In case the last method doesn't work then you are in need of a new hard drive. The thing is, I didn't format the HDD externally, I just went ahead and bought a new one. After formatting my old 320GB via PC and Acronis suite, It did actually work! Now I am using the old Hard drive to store data.

01.13.2012
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How easy it was to change your HDD? I'm considering doing the same, but I get cold feet every time. The thing that get me most worried is backing up the data. I'm pretty sure my external HD isn't FAT32 and basically I'd have nowhere to backup my saves and stuff.

 

Another question, how about downloadable games? Can I download them again without worrying or does that 5 (now 2) download thing applies to games I've already downloaded?

01.13.2012
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Pedro, the process was relatively easy my friend. here is the tutorial I've used, note that I have a slim model. You can find other tutorials for the fat PS3 on youtube:

 

I had two hard drives for this process. one for backup, and the new 500Gb model i used for installation. Format the HDD you need to back up data to to Fat32, back up your data by simply going to settings/system sittings/back up utility and follow up the on-screen instructions. This process can take a while depending on the size of your data, so during that time go make some coffee and get a memory stick (fat 32) ready with the latest PS3 firmware, this page will explain how to get the firmware on the memory stick.

After swapping the HDD for the new model, turn on your PS3, plug in the memory stick into your PS3, press and hold Start and select at the same time on the controller and the system will locate the update. follow the instructions it's all straight forward. Restoring your data can be done through the back up utility option (same menu you used to back up files).

 

As for the downloadable games, as far as I know, If you downloaded the games before Nov. 18th then the answer is yes. 

01.13.2012
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Pedro said:

How easy it was to change your HDD? I'm considering doing the same, but I get cold feet every time. The thing that get me most worried is backing up the data. I'm pretty sure my external HD isn't FAT32 and basically I'd have nowhere to backup my saves and stuff.

 

Another question, how about downloadable games? Can I download them again without worrying or does that 5 (now 2) download thing applies to games I've already downloaded?

HD change isn't too hard. My only frustration was that I did it the day before 4.00 came out so I was stuck with a system that wouldn't upgrade and nowhere to download the update from (website hadn't been updated yet) If you have a an external that shows up in the XMB then it's my understanding that it's FAT32. If you need a minimal back up all you really need to BU is your saves. Just start deleting everything else. Your PSN games (you CAN redownload those as much as you like on the same console with no penalty), your HD installs, the videos and music you have installed, PS2/PS1 saves everything you can.. the backup will then just be your themes, your saves, and your information (PSN login, users login etc)

I don't know how expensive they are in your area but I highly suggest using a flash drive. I got a 16 gig one and I was able to back up to that. I can get one of those for about $20-$25 CAD up here last i checked.

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