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PS3 System and Miscellaneous Stuff

Q: What's the difference between the 20GB and the 60GB/80GB model?
A: Apart from the larger HDD, the difference is as follows: The 60GB/80GB has a built in MemoryStick/SD/CompactFlash card reader, and a built-in Wi-Fi adapter.

Q: How do I at a glance tell the difference between the two models?
A: The 60GB/80GB model has a silver trim running on the front of it, and has a flap concealing the card readers to the left of the disc slot. The 20GB model has no silver trim, and no flap.

Q: Which cables comes with the standard PS3 package?
A: The PS3 comes packaged with a USB cable for connecting your controller to the PS3 (for pairing it to your PS3 and recharging it), a Composite A/V cable (the standard cable that also came with the PS1 and PS2 - red, white, and yellow connectors), an Ethernet cable, and a power cable.

Q: Which outputs/connectors are on the PS3?
A: On the back: Power cable, A/V port, Optical audio (toslink), Ethernet port, HDMI 1.3 port. On the front: 4 x USB 2.0, disc drive slot. Memory Stick/SD/Compact Flash Slots (60GB/80GB model only).

Q: How large and bulky is the PS3's power supply?
A: The PS3 has an internal power supply, so it connects directly to a wall outlet.

Q: Can I use a PS3 that says 120V (US and Japan) in Europe (220V) without a step-down converter and vice versa?
A: Yes. The PS3s internal power supply is universal. It will take any voltage between 110V-240V, regardless of what it says on the PS3.

Q: Can the PS3 stand vertically, like the PS2? Which position is better?
A: Yes. You can even still turn the PS symbol. Some people think that vertical is best because of better cooling, but I'm not sure if it matters.

Q: When will the different colour PS3 be available?
A: Nothing has been announced yet.

Q: What does SKU stand for?
A: Stock Keeping Unit. Currently, there's three PS3 SKU's - the 20GB model, the 60GB model, and the 80GB model. Read more about the meaning of SKU here: Stock-keeping unit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Q: What does the orange and green lights next to the USB slots mean?
A: The yellow indicates that the PS3 is accessing the internal HDD, the green indicates that the PS3 is accessing the internet through Wi-Fi or cable.

Q: How much noise does the PS3 make?

A: Not much. I haven't been able to find any scientific tests of the PS3 noise level, but the general opinion is that it's a quiet console. Look here for a comprehensive test on the PS3's fan noise: PS3 Fan Noise

Q: Is the 60GB/80GB PS3 physically bigger than the 20GB PS3?
A: No.

Q: How much power does the PS3 consume?
A: About 175-200W when playing games and watching movies. About 2W when in stand-by mode. Read more here: XBOX 360 vs PS3 (and Wii) - Power Consumption Report -

Q: Someone told me that the PS3s break down very easily. Is this true?
A: So far, the failure rate for the PS3 is reportedly very low, so this is not true. There's no official numbers of failure rates, but general opinion on the internet is, that the PS3 is a very stable piece of machinery. It has been tested under very stressful conditions and passed with flying colours. See here for one of those tests: How to kill a PS3 Console - Is it really possible ? | PS3 Vault - Playstation 3 News Site PS3 Games

Q: I need my PS3 manual, but I don't have access to it at the moment. Can I find it online?

A: Yes.
PS3 System Software User's Guide here: PS3™ | User's Guide (Online Instruction Manuals)
PS3 Using Your PS3 Guide here:
PS3 Safety and Support Guide here:

Q: My PS3 gets very dirty very quickly. How do I clean it without scratching it up?
A: Use a 100% cotton rag, a microfiber cloth, or very soft tissue paper. Don't use paper towels, or "grainy" synthetics, as they have a tendency to scratch up the plastic. If you need to use any cleaning agent, use a mild solution of dishwashing liquid and water. Don't use alcohol or any other chemical - it might mess up the plastic. Don't press too hard on your PS3 - it scratches very easily.

Q: Will my PS3 warn me if it gets too hot, or will it just crash (and maybe break)?

A: Your PS3 wil give you a warning that it's overheating and will shut down automatically.

Note: I wouldn't count on this safety measure to kick in every time, so make sure your PS3 always has room to "breathe".

Q: I get an error code, the PS3 tells me that my system files are corrupt, and I should press X to restore, but it doesn't work. Is my PS3 broken?
A: Nope. What you need to do is to restore your PS3 System Files. This will delete everything on your hard drive (including the Linux partition, if you have one), so remember to backup important data before doing this (game saves etc.) To restore the PS3 system files, go to Settings -> System Settings -> Restore PS3 System.

Q: Is it safe to leave my PS3 running all the time?
A: Yes. It will cost you a lot of electricity though. Lots of people have had their PS3 on, running Folding@Home without problems for days.

PS3 Internal Hardware

Q: Is it possible for me to exchange the internal HDD on the PS3 to a bigger one? If so, how do I do that?

A: Yes. For detailed instructions, go here: GamersReports Please be very careful when you unscrew the 4 screws in the HDD cradle, as they are VERY soft. You can EASILY strip the head (I did, and I used a correct sized screwsriver, and I knew what I was doing). If you strip the screws, you can still unscrew them by using a flat-headed pair of pliers and gripping onto the sides of the screw head that sticks up, apply LOTS of pressure and twist. It's messy, but it works ;o)

Q: What types of HDDs can I put inside my PS3?

A: You can fit a 2.5" SATA disk in the PS3. It's the same type as is used in laptops. The drive does not need to be PS3-certified or anything fancy, any 2.5" SATA will do. Drive speed (5.400 vs. 7.200 RPM) and drive cache isn't important, as the PS3 HDD doesn't need to be superfast. It's recommended that you use a 5.400 RPM drive because of less power consumption and heat generation. Read more here: IGN: HDD Replacement Test and here:

Q: How do I transfer files from my previous 2.5" HDD to a new, and bigger HDD if I want to switch?
A: You can backup your data onto a portable HDD or a memory stick. If you only have a memory stick, you can probably only fit your game saves onto it. You will then have to redownload all the stuff you had on the old HDD. If you have a USB HDD, you can backup the entire PS3 HDD onto that and restore the data onto the new PS3 HDD.

Q: Can I backup my PS3 internal HDD, and how?

A: Yes. The PS3 has an option in the XMB (Under System Settings, Backup Tools) to backup the internal drive. You decide the destination (USB HDD, memory stick).

Q: If I format my HDD or exchange it, do I have to setup all my users and system settings all over?
A: No. Only your messages from other users, game saves and downloadable content is erased. Your system settings are saved on FLASH-RAM chips on the PS3 motherboard. Your friends list is linked to your PSN ID, so when you re-enter the information, your friends list will be restored.

Q: When I got my 60GB PS3, it had 55/55 GB free. I downloaded an update, and now I only have 47/55 GB free, why is that?

A: The PS3 operating system reserves a part of your HDD for system use. If you format your PS3, you'll still have 47/55 GB free. It's got nothing to do with how much stuff you downloaded onto your PS3 (games, trailers, etc). Other numbers are valid for the 20GB and the 80GB SKU. Apart from the space reserved by the system, there's a difference in the way HDD space is calculated from the manufacturer. To get the "real" size of your HDD, mulitply the HDD's specified size with 0.93 to get the true size.

Q: How do I erase my PS3 HDD?
A: In the XMB, go to Settings -> System Settings -> Format Utility. You'll have the option to do a Quick Format or a Full Format. A Quick Format takes seconds, a Full Format takes hours. The difference is that with a Full Format, the data is overwritten multiple times, and cannot be restored in any way. This is a good option if you're formatting your HDD before selling your PS3. In any other case, a Quick Format will suffice.

Q: Can I use a 3.5" SATA HDD as an internal drive on my PS3?
A: Yes and no... It won't fit inside the PS3, so you'll have to have it outside your PS3, with cables going into the PS3. Here's a guide: - Playstation 3 HDD Mod - 31 - Male - Somecity, All -

Q: Will replacing my internal PS3 HDD ruin my PS3 warranty?
A: No. Sony offers detailed instructions on how to exchange the internal HDD, as long as you follow those, your warranty is intact.

Q: At what speeds does the PS3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD drive read discs?
A: Blu-ray x 2, DVD x 8, CD x 24.

Q: What does "Front Loading Drive"/"Slot Loading Drive" mean?
A: The PS3's CD/DVD/BD drive is front loading. This means that there's no tray that comes out of the PS3. The disc is loaded into the PS by inserting it into a small slot in the front. The disc is then "sucked" into the PS3 - neat!

Q: Can you eject discs with the controller?

A: Yes, but only in the XMB - select the disc icon, press Triangle, and "Eject Disc". You can also eject the disc with the Blu-ray remote, at any time.

Q: What is the Cell Processor?
A: The Cell Processor is the CPU of the PS3.

Q: What is the RSX?

A: The RSX is the graphics chip of the PS3.

Q: How much RAM does the PS3 have?
A: 256MB of main RAM and 256MB of video RAM. The RSX graphics chip can actually use all 512MB of system RAM, but will do so with a performance drop.

Q: Where can I learn more about the inner workings of the PS3?

Q: Will the PS3 get better performance when the Cell will shrink to 65nm?
A: No. The only thing that will happen is, that the Cell will become physically smaller, consume less power, and emit less heat. The speed and computing power of the Cell will not change.

Q: Will 20GB/60GB be enough?
A: That depends on how space you need ;o) If you don't plan on using your PS3 to store all your music and movie files, then 20GB is enough. Do you plan on copyiong all your music onto the PS3's HDD and use it as a media center, I'd go for the 60GB model. The cool thing is that if you at any time run out of space, you can easily upgrade the PS3's HDD to a bigger one. Currently, the biggest 2.5" SATA discs available are about 250-300GB in size.

Q: How come my 60GB PS3 tells me that I only have a 55GB HDD?

A: This is because of the way HDD sizes are calculated and advertised, compared to what a GB really is. When a HDD manufacturer sells a HDD as a 60GB model, the HDD manufacturer uses a value of bytes per GB. In computer lingo, one GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes. Divide the two numbers, and you'll find that a 60GB HDD equals 55,88GB. The 0.88GB that's missing is used by the HDD to keep track of partition data, etc.

Q: Are the power and disc eject buttons on the PS3 really heat sensitive?

A: No, they react to electromagnetic fields, triggered by your touch, like a touch dimmer for lighting. You can use a conductve material (like a paper clip), but not an insulating one (like a piece of plastic).

Game Related Questions, Backwards Compability

Q: Will my username be the same in all games?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I backup my game saves, and how? Can I use them on my friend's PS3?

A: Yes. The PS3 has an option in the XMB to backup your games saves. (Under Games, Saved Game Data Utility) You decide the destination (USB HDD, memory stick). You can transfer the saves onto your friend's PS3.

Q: Can I play music off of my PS3 HDD while playing a game?
A: This is currently not possible (PS3 firmware 1.54).

Q: Can I use my USB mouse and keyboard to play games?

A: See the "PS3 Controller, Bluetooth, and External Devices" section.

Q: Will the PS3 make PS2 load times faster?
A: No.

Q: Can I play multi-disc PS1 and PS2 games on my PS3?
A: Yes. As long as the game is backwards compatible with the PS3, the game will work fine. It being multi-disc is no different on the PS3 than the PS1 or PS2.

Q: Will PS1/PS2 games have the option of saving to the PS3 HDD?
A: Yes. You make a virtual memory card on your PS3 HDD.

Q: How do I get my PS1 or PS2 games to work on my PS3?
A: Go to the PlayStation Store, and download the PS2 System Software. You will also need to create a virtual PS2 Memory Card on your PS3. Finally, to use saves on a PS2 Memory Card, you'll need a PS3 Memory Card Adapter.

Q: Will the PS3 make my PS1 and PS2 game run better?
A: No, they'll run the same. The PS3 has the ability to smoothen and upsacle the picture. Do this by selecting the options in Settings -> Game Settings.

Q: Being the PS3 games are not region coded, does this mean PS3 can play PS1 and PS2 games from anywhere in the world?
A: No. PS1 and PS2 games are still subject to the same region codes as found on the original PS1 and PS2 systems.

Q: Will the PS3 be compatible with ALL PS1/PS2 games?

A: No. If you live in the US, you can check out individual titles here: European and Australian users can check them out here: Official PlayStation website: Country Selector

Q: I heard that the European PS3, and the new US/Japan models won't play PS1/PS2 games at all! Is this true?
A: No. What happened is that Sony announced, that they're redesigning the PS3, removing some PS2 components. Instead of using hardware emulation to play PS1 and PS2 games, the PS3 will now use software emulation. In the announcement, Sony mentioned that this might affect the number of compatible games, and that Sony didn't put as much focus on backwards compability. Some parts of the internet community read this as Sony gave up on supporting PS1 and PS2 games on the PS3, which isn't true.

Q: Is there achievements in PS3 games, like on XBox Live?
A: Currently, no. Sony has announced that they will make something like this available, called trophies.

Q: Can I play online with people all over the world or is it locked to my region (USA, Japan, Europe, etc.)?

A: This varies from game to game.

Q: Will PS1 & PS2 games be upscaled & presented in HD for gameplay?
A: No.

Q: Can I copy PS2 saves from my hard drive onto a PS2 memory stick?
A: No.

Q: Can I turn off the motion sensor on the Sixaxis, if I want to control my game by using the sticks instead?
A: This varies from game to game. Most games support this.

Q: Why does games install stuff on my HDD, and what happens if I deny this?
A: They do this to speed up the loading process, reducing the load times. Some games allows you to choose to install or not. If you choose not to install, the game will work just as well, but it just takes a bit longer to load.

Q: I have some games that installed considerable amounts of data on my PS3 HDD. I don't own/play them anymore. Can I erase the data?

A: Yes. in the XMB, go to Game -> Game Data Utility. Select the game data you'd like to uninstall, press Triangle and delete it. This does not delete your game saves. You can always reinstall the game data.

Q: I have some games that I no longer own/play. I have several saves that I no longer need. Can I erase the data?

A: Yes. in the XMB, go to Game -> Saved Data Utility. Select the game save you'd like to delete, press Triangle and delete it.

Audio and Visual Devices

Q: What is SDTV, EDTV, HDTV?

A: SDTV is Standard Definition TV (480i). EDTV is Enhanced Definition TV (480p). HDTV is High Definition TV (720p, 1080i, 1080p). HDTV in Plain English

Q: What is HDCP?
A: High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. In short it's a copy protection for High Definition content, such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies. For the PS3 be able to show a picture via HDMI (or DVI through a converter cable), the TV or monitor needs to be HDCP-compliant. HD-TVs are HDCP-compliant, most PC monitors aren't. If your TV has a sticker with the HD-Ready logo on it, it'll have HDCP. If* you're in doubt, check your TV's manual.

Q: What is ICT?
A: Image Constraint Token. It is a copy protection scheme to prevent people from ripping HD-video through analog video outputs (Composite, Component, VGA, S-VHS). In short, if you play a HD movie with the ICT flag set, you'll have to use HDMI, or the HD movie will be downscaled to DVD-quality. Currently the ICT flag isn't used commercially. Read more here: High Definition Television Information .: HDTV Canada

Q: What's the difference between HDMI and DVI?
A: DVI is basically the same as HDMI, but without sound. (There's more to it than that, but it's not relevant here ;o)

Q: What does 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p mean?

A: These are different resolutions, displayable by the PS3. Not all resolutions are supported by all TVs, namely 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. These resolutions are only supported by HDTVs. Not all HDTVs support all HD resolutions, this varies from model to model. Read more about the resolutions here: High-definition television - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Q: Is 1080p really that important?

A: This is a subject of much debate. For the average user, I'd say it isn't.

Q: I have a TV with only one HDMI input, but I have two or more devices that outputs HDMI. Is there a way to switch signals easily?

A: Yes, you can buy HDMI switches that accepts multiple HDMI sources, allowing you to switch between which one is output to your display device. You can even get some that works wirelessly, and some that can be controlled by a remote.

Q: Can I use my PS3 on my PC monitor? (DVI input)

A: Yes, if the monitor is HDCP-compliant. Most PC monitors aren't.

Q: Can I use the PS3 on my PC monitor (VGA input)

A: Yes and no. You can't do it directly, but a device that converts a Component signal to VGA can be bought. Check this thread for further info:

Q: I heard that some HD TVs aren’t working too well with the PS3 when connected through HDMI. What’s that about?

A: If the problem is what's knows as “The HDMI Handshake Error”, the symptom is often that the TV blacks out when going from the XMB to a game or vice versa. You’ll have to turn the TV off and on, or reselect the HDMI input on it, for it to show the picture again. This is caused by the way HDMI works.

Simply put, when outputting through HDMI, the PS3 and your TV says “Hello!” to each other. Sometimes this communication becomes garbled in some way, or it times out (one part doesn't respond within a set timeframe). For some TV owners, this problem has been solved by updating the TVs firmware. Others are still waiting for Sony to correct this through a PS3 firmware upgrade. Another option is to use another connection type (e.g. Component). Some people find that Component will give you a better picture than HDMI, but it's a matter of personal preference. Personally, I like Component better.

It seems that this problem is almost non-existant after a recent firmware update. The PS3 now syncs perfectly with almost all HDTVs.

Q: How will PS3 games look on a normal TV?

A: It will look good, but small text can be hard to read. In short, PS3 games will look a lot nicer than on a HDTV than on a SDTV.

Q: What's the best TV for my PS3?

A: I can't answer you ;o) Go for what you like and can afford.

Q: What's the difference between all the different output types? (HDMI, DVI, Component, Composite?)
A: Picture quality and picture resolution. They range, from worst to best, Composite, Component, HDMI/DVI. HDMI and DVI is essentially the same, but in a DVI signal there's no sound feed. HDTVs will almost always have either a DVI or a HDMI input, but rarely both.

Q: My TVs max. output is 720p, but it accepts 1080i or 1080p and downscales the picture. Which resolution should I use?
A: Use 720p. Scaling is never good. It's better to have a game output in 720p, than in 1080i or 1080p and have the TV downscale it. This is better both picture-quality-wise, and framerate-wise.

Q: I went from a HDTV to an SDTV. Now I can't see the picture, because the PS3 is set to output in Composite or HDMI. What can I do?
A: If you press and hold the PS3's power button for 5 seconds when turning it on, it will beep, and reset the video output to Component. It will also reset the audio to be output through the A/V port (instead of optical or HDMI).

Q: Is any cheap HDMI or Component cable as good in picture quality as the expensive cables?

A: This is a subject of much discussion. In my opinion, there's no difference.

Q: Can I use a PS1 or PS2 A/V Cable (Component, SCART) cable on my PS3?

A: Yes.

Q: I'm getting a HDMI cable for my awesome new HDTV. Does all cables support 1080p and HDMI 1.3?

A: Yes, everything points to this. Although the HDMI 1.0 specs support data rates of up to 165MHz vs. HDMI 1.3's 340MHz, there should be no reason for HDMI 1.0 cables not supporting HDMI 1.3. If you're using a long HDMI cable, it might be worth looking further into, as longer cables needs to be of higher quality to support higher bitrates. With short cables (6-10 feet), there shouldn't be a problem.

Q: Can I connect two TVs to my PS3, one through HDMI, the other through the A/V port?
A: Yes, but you can't use them at the same time.

Q: Can I connect headphones to my PS3?
A: Not directly to the PS3. You'll have to connect them to your TV or amplifier, as there's no headphone jack plug in the PS3. Alternatively, you can get a set of headphones that connect through the optical output of the PS3.

Q: Why is calibrating my display device important, and how do I do it?

A: Calibrating your display device, be it a TV, monitor, or projector is imprtant, because each TV and each projector is different. Even identical devices have small variations in brightness and colour, so to maximize your enjoyment of HD viewing, it's important to calibrate. When you calibrate, you fine tune your display device, so that the colours and contrast are as near to perfect as you can get. Normally, calibrating your display device requires a special calibrating DVD, with various test patterns. Another way is to insert any movie from Sony, enter the main menu, press 4779 on your remote, and press enter. This will bring up some test patterns. Movies with the THX logo also has some calibrating stuff on their discs. Read more here: LCD TV Buying Guide: LCD TV Reviews and Buying Advice, Find the Best LCD Television

Q: I have connected my TV to my PS3 via a HDMI <-> DVI converter cable, but no picture is showing. Why is that?

A: Your TV's DVI input is most likely not HDCP compliant. Even though HDCP shouldn't be an issue (as it's not being used yet) the PS3 requires the input to be HDCP compliant, or there won't be a picture. You can either use a Component cable, or use a HDMI <-> VGA converter

Q: I'm using my PS3 on an LCD or Plasma screen. Sometimes text stays on the screen, as a "ghost". Is my PS3 or my TV defective?

A: No. This is a know problem with some TVs. To remove the problem, check your TV and see if it has a "Game Mode". If so, select that. Also try lowering your contrast.

Q: I have black lines on my TV and there's crackling or popping noises coming from the speakers.
A: Sounds like you have a grounding problem. In short, you need to remove grounding on your PS3 (the third plug in your power cord). Read more about it here: Horizontal Bars, Buzzing Sound, etc? Look here... - PLAYSTATION®3 General - Forums

XMB usage and its features, Downloadable Content, Firmware, Other Operating Systems

Q: What is XMB?
A: Cross Media Bar. It is the user interface for the PS3, very similar to the one used on the PSP.

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent my PS3 from automatically booting a game when I turn it on, and a game disc is inserted?
A: Yes. This happens when you have enabled automatic login for a user. The easiest way to disable it is to enter your System Settings and disable the Disc Auto-Start feature. If the autostart is enabled, you can circumvent this by pressing left or right on the d-pad as soon as the XMB pops up (you have about one second, before the game autostarts). Alternatively, disable automatic login (select the user, press the triangle button and disable it).

Q: When watching photos or listening to music, can I do anything else in the XMB?
A: Yes. By pressing the PS button on your controller, you can enter the XMB while your music plays on, and your picture is viewed in the background. You can browse the net via the PS3 Browser, but if you connect to the PS Store, the music stops. This goes for PS3 firmware 1.90. This might change in a future update.

Q: When downloading stuff from the PSN, can I do anything else in the XMB?
A: Yes. You have the choice to download in the background. This is only possible if you download to the PS3 HDD, not if you download to another storage device.

Q: If I buy a game from the PlayStation Store, can I play it at a friends house on his PS3? Can I share it with him?

A: Yes. The things you buy are tied to your account. You can log in on your friend's PS3 and download the game on his PS3. After you leave, he can still play the game. This can be done up to 5 times per game on different PS3 machines.

Q: I just upgraded my PS3's firmware, and now I can't use the XMB! The only thing I can do with my controller is to turn the system or controller on or off!
A: Try following these steps:

· Cut the power to your PS3 on the PS3's power switch (the one in the back) - (only do this after you put the PS3 in standby mode as normal).
· Disconnect ALL USB devices connected to your PS3, except one controller connected via the USB cable.
· Power up your PS3 via your controller (don't forget to turn on the power switch in the back ;o)

Q: I just turned on my PS3 and it updated the PS3 firmware. Where can I read about what's new?
A: You may also check the official PS3 site here: Please note that the PS3 website often is a day or two behind, when a new firmware is made available.

Q: Sometimes my XMB has a colour, sometimes it's black. Why?
A: The colour of your XMB is linked to the time of day and the date of the year. Try playing around with your PS3's clock and the date and see how it works.

Q: How do I pay downloadable content?

A: You'll need to register yourself on the PSN. When registered, you can add funds to a virtual wallet, and use those funds to buy stuff. You can currently use major credit cards. If you don't own a credit card, you can buy PlayStation Cards in stores and use those to add funds.

Q: Can I install other operating systems on my PS3?

A: Yes, the PS3 officially supports Linux.

Q: Can I install Windows on my PS3?

A: Yes and no. This is not officially supports by the PS3, but reportedly, some people have done this through using PS3 Linux.

Q: Will the PS3 be able to run PC games?
A: You may be able to do so by using Linux.

Q: Is it true that when I display my photos on the PS3 with the slideshow function, it has some kind of facial recognition?

A: Yes. It will try to detect faces in your photos, and try to make picture transitions focus on the faces it finds (only in Slide Show mode).

Q: If I download something on my PS3, using my user name, will it be visible to other users on my PS3?
A: Yes. All downloaded data is accessible by all users. You can limit accessability by setting up parental controls.

Q: I connected my iPod to my PS3, and I only get a bunch of weird filenames in a lot of different folders. Can I do anything to change this?
A: I don't think there's anything you can do about that. I have the 30GB Video iPod, and that's how Apple decided to store the music. The iPod reads the ID3 tags off the songs, and displays that in the iPod browser - the files themselves are stored with those filenames. Maybe there's an option in iTunes to not convert the file names to gibberish (I don't use iTunes, so I can't check).

Some iPods however, stores the file names as the originally were - a friend of mine has a 5GB iPod (dunno the exact type), and when I browse his files, the filenames are "normal".

Q: How do I delete a game demo or a movie trailer?
A: Select the game demo or movie trailer, press the triangle button, and select delete.

Q: I installed some game data from a game, but I no longer have that game. How do I delete the game data?
A: Under the game section in the XMB, there's a game data section. Select the game data, press triangle, and select delete.

Q: When I see a picture of the PS3 store, it looks different than the PS3 store on my PS3. Why is that?
A: This is probably because you have a SDTV. Pictures of the PS3 store on the internet are normally taken from a HDTV. The reason for it being different is that SDTVs use a lower resolution than normally is used on a HDTV. The PS3 store lookes different on widescreen TVs too.

Q: Some of the movies I downloaded or transferred from my PC have a 15 sec. preview running, when I browse through my video files on the XMB. Can I do this to all my movies?
A: Yes. Play the movie, and when you get to the point you want the preview to start as, pause it. Press triangle, and select the "Change Icon" option.

Q: Some of the songs I ripped on my PS3 or transferred from my PC have the album's cover showing, when I browse through my audio files on the XMB. Can I do this to all my music?

A: Yes. When the PS3 rips a CD for you, it tries to get the album art through the internet (it recognises what album you're ripping and contacts a databse for the album art). Most times it finds the correct one. If it can't find it, or has found the wrong one, you'll have to change it yourself. Personally, I use MediaMonkey to do this - it works ver well and it's got a free version MediaMonkey Free Media Jukebox, Music Manager, CD Ripper & Converter. Other programs, such as iTunes also has this option.

Alternatively, you can transfer the album art as a picture to your PS3. Select the album folder (not the individual tunes), press Triangle and select Information. From there, you can use any picture on your PS3 as album art. This will affect all songs in that folder.

Q: How do I enter text onto the PS3 without a USB keyboard?

A: You can enter text with your controller on a cellphone-style user interface. From PS3 firmware 1.60, you can also get an on-screen keyboard, resembling a real keyboard.

Q: In the XMB, I use my USB keyboard to browse through the menus. How can I emulate the Sixaxis buttons?
A: F1 = Triangle button. F2 = Square button. Return = X button, Esc = Circle button.

Q: How do I update my PS3's firmware?

A: You can do this three ways:
1) Connecting your PS3 to the internet and upgrading it directly.
2) Use your PC to download the update file, put it on an external storage device (external HDD, memory stick, CD-ROM or DVD/ROM), and update the PS3 from that.
3) Some games will have a firmware upgrade on the disc, and it will require you to upgrade your PS3 to play the game, if the firmware on the disc is newer than the one installed on your PS3.

If you update using a a PC and a portable storage device, create a folder named “PS3” on the storage media or USB device. Within the PS3 folder, create a folder named “UPDATE”. Copy the update file to this folder.

Read more here:

Q: I am getting an error when I try updating my PS3's firmware. Is there anything I can do?
A: Some people have made reports that their PS3 won't update before they remove all USB devices connected to the PS3, and Sony recommends that you remove all USB devices during an update - try doing just that.

Q: Where can I download the firmware upgrades on my PC?
A: From these two sites:

If you update using a a PC and a portable storage device, create a folder named “PS3” on the storage media or USB device. Within the PS3 folder, create a folder named “UPDATE”. Copy the update file to this folder.

Please note that you need to stick to the firmware made for your PS3's region. This means, for example, that if you have a PS3 bought in the US, but it's used in the UK, you will need the US firmware, NOT the UK one. Here's a quote from the official Sony website (same URL as the US firmware site above):

"This update is for customers who own PS3™ systems sold in North America. DO NOT update your PS3™ system through this Web site if you purchased your system outside North America. There is no guarantee of proper operation with other models sold outside North America."

Q: What is Home?

A: Home was announced March 8, at GDC 2007. In short, it's a virtual world where PSN users can create an avatar, and meet up. Each user will get a personal space, an "apartment", assigned to his PSN ID, and he can decorate this in any way he feels like. Other users can be invited to your apartment, and you can show them movies and pictures off of your PS3's HDD. You'll also be able to join online game, and much much more.

Q: What's this Cure for Cancer stuff I've been hearing about (Folding@Home)?

A: You're thinking of the Folding@Home project, which is enabled in PS3 firmware 1.60. Basically it's a program that runs in the background, while your PS3 is not doing anything (ie when you're browsing through the XMB). It helps scientists do some massive calculations on something called "Protein Folding", you calculate a small part of a bigger problem, and send your results to Stanford Univeristy. The idea is that thousands of small calculated parts will amount to a substantial amount. The more the merrier! Read more here: Folding@home - FAQ-PS3 and here: Folding@home

Q: I'm running Folding@Home on my PC as well as on the PS3. Can I combine the results under the same username/team?

A: Yes - just type in the exact same username and team number in every PC and PS3 you got the Folding@Home client running on, and your results will accumulate.

Q: I just finished a WU in Folding@Home, but the result isn't showing in my user statistics. Why is that?
A: Patience, young Padawan. It can take a few hours for the result to show up on your stats. Play a game and check in later ;o) Some people have reported that finished WUs doesn't always get uploaded to the server, but this hasn't been confirmed yet.

Q: When I scan my friends list, some of them have a small bubble popping up with a comment. How do I do that?
A: In your friends list, select your avatar, press the Triangle button, and select "Comment".

Q: If I press Triangle over a friend in my friends list, select "Profile", there's an "About Me"-field listed. How do I edit mine?

A: In your friends list, select your avatar, enter Account Management. When you get to the "Select an avatar"-screen, select "Use current avatar", and you'll then be able to edit your "About Me"-field.

PlayStation Network, PS3 Browser, PSP and Internet Connectivity, Wi-Fi

Q: How much does it cost to sign up for, and use the PSN and the Online Service?
A: Nothing. Sony offers these services free-of-charge.

Q: What are TCP/UDP Ports and Port Forwarding?
A: TCP/UDP ports are “windows” that your PS3 uses to “speak” to the internet. If one or more of these ports are closed, the PS3 can’t fully utilize the internet. This might give problems connecting to online games and during voice chat. To open (forward) these ports, you’ll need to tell your router which ports to forward, and where to forward them to (ie the PS3’s IP address). The procedure for this varies from router to router, check your router’s manual for info. Commonly, the section you need to access in your router to do this, is called “NAT”.

Q: What is DHCP?
A: DHCP means Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Simply put, it allows your PS3 to ask your modem or router to give it a unique IP address. This is transparent to the user, and will work in most cases. The “opposite” of using DHCP is to assign a Static IP for your PS3 (read below for more). If you need to forward TCP/UDP ports to your PS3, a Static IP address is preferable.

Q: What is a Static IP?

A: When you assign a Static IP to your PS3, you “lock” the PS3 to a fixed IP address by entering the data directly into your PS3’s Network Settings. This is preferable in some cases, especially when you need to forward TCP/UDP ports to your PS3. If you use DHCP, you risk that your PS3 might not have the same IP address every time, so your router will forward the TCP/UDP ports to the wrong device (another PC).

Q: NAT types - what do they mean?
A: The NAT type reported by your PlayStation tells you if your PS3 is fully able to use the internet.
NAT 1 means that your PS3 is connected directly to your modem, and has full access. No problem here.

NAT 2 means that your PS3 is connected through a router/firewalled connection, but has full access. No problem here.

NAT 3 means that your PS3 is connected through a router/firewalled connection, but it doesn't have full access. This means that one or more TCP/UDP ports are blocked. This is a problem in some games and when using voicechat.

What you need to aim for is a NAT 1 or a NAT 2 connection (they are equally good). If you have NAT 3, you’ll need to forward some TCP/UDP ports to your PS3. This is done through your router’s configuration menu. Check your router’s manual for info.

Q: What TCP/UDP ports does the PS3 use?

A: The PS3 needs to have the following ports open:

TCP: 80, 443, 5223
UDP: 3478, 3479, 3658

Some games might need more ports open.

Q: What is UPnP?
A: Universal Plug and Play. I'm not too knowledgable about it, and most things about it is irrelevant to the PS3,. If you enable it, and it works as it should, the PS3 should be able to open the ports it needs opened by itself, eliminating the need for port forwarding. Read more about UPnP here: Universal Plug and Play - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Q: How do I connect to the internet if I have the 20GB model?

A: You can connect your 20GB PS3 directly to your modem or router, using a standard broadband cable, or you can buy a USB wireless adapter. If you choose the wireless adapter for the PS3, note that you'll need a wireless modem or router too.

Q: How do I connect to the internet if I have the 60GB model?

A: You can connect your 60GB PS3 directly to your modem or router, using a standard broadband cable, or you can connect through Wi-Fi.

Q: The PS3 asks me for an encryption key when I set up my wireless internet connection. What is that?
A: The encryption key is a safety measure on your wireless modem or router, to protect you from having others log onto your wireless network, and use your internet connection. You'll have to enter your modem's or router's configuration menu to find the encryption key (commonly knows as a WEP-key). Check your modem or router manual for how to do this.

Q: What kind of transfer protocols and transfer speeds does the PS3 Wi-Fi adapter support? (60GB model only)
A: It supports 802.11b and 802.11g with data rates of 11Mbps and 54 Mbps, respectively.

Q: Can I use a dial-up modem connection for my PS3?

A: No, only broadband is supported.

Q: Can I have multiple accounts on my PS3 for each PS3 region (European/US/Japan)?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I update my PS3 without an internet connection?

A: Yes. Read below.

Q: What's Master and Sub accounts?

A: Read about it here:

Q: Can I change my default homepage in the PS3 browser?
A: Yes. While in the browser, press the triangle button, then select the "Home Page" option.

Q: I have a very fast internet connection, but it's very slow on my PS3. Why is that?

A: There's a lot of reasons that can cause this. You might need to check your port forwarding, the signal strength if you use Wi-Fi, your cabling. Maybe the PSN servers are just slow.

Q: Can I transfer files directly from my PC onto my PS3 and vice versa through my home network?
A: Yes and no. This feature is not supported by the PS3, but some people have had success using a program named Red Kawa to accomplish this.

Q: Does the PS3 support Wake on LAN capabilities?
A: Currently it doesn't support this feature.

Q: I'm planning on getting a Wi-Fi Max for my PS3. Will a DS or PSP Wi-Fi Max work on my PS3?

A: Yes. The various Wi-Fi Max models are essentially the same.

Q: What kinds of external storage devices can I use to transfer files onto my PS3?
A: CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BD-ROM, USB HDD, USB Memory Stick, Memory cards (60GB PS3 only)

Q: Can I stream a UMD movie from my PSP to my PS3, and display it on my TV?
A: Currently this is not possible.

Q: I have a bunch of movies and audio on my PC that I'd like to play on my PS3 without having to copy them to the PS3's HDD. Is there a way to stream from PC to PS3?
A: Yes. The PS3 can now recognize DNLA servers on your network and stream data from that.

Q: Why does the PSP have an IR port but the PS3 hasn't?
A: Your guess is as good as mine, but I guess that Sony didn't see the need for an IR port on the PS3.

Q: How is the PSP - PS3 connectivity going to work ?
A: Through Wi-Fi. At this time, you can only connect at home (The PSP and PS3 has to be within Wi-Fi range of each other). From PS3 firmware 1.60 you can access your PS3 with your PSP from any Wi-Fi spot in the world, as long as your PS3 is turned on at home (no Wake up on LAN ability).

Q: If I download a PSP game onto my PS3, can I play it on the PS3?
A: No, you'll still need a PSP to do so. Furthermore, you'll need to have the PSP connected to your PS3 via Wi-Fi.

Q: How do I get a PSN ID?

A: You sign up to the PSN on your PS3.

Q: How do I terminate a PSN account?
A: You need to contact SCEA's Consumer Service to terminate a PSN account. SCEA Consumer Services' Accounts and Billing line can be reached at 1-877-971-7669.

Q: Can I play online with people all over the world or is it locked to my region (USA, Japan, Europe, etc.)?
A: Please see the "Game Related Questions, Backwards Compability" section.

Q: Can the PS3 contract a virus or other unwanted malign software?
A: Technically yes, but no reports have been made of this happening yet. It's very unlikely that a virus will be made for the PS3, as the PS3 only runs signed code (programs that have been approved by Sony).

Q: I'm using a wireless internet connection on my PS3. How do I check my signal strength?
A: In the XMB, go to Settings -> Network Settings -> Connection Status.

Q: Can I import bookmarks from my PC to the PS3?
A: No.

Q: When I open my PS3 browser, it reopens the last website I visited. How do I change this behaviour?
A: While in the browser, press the Triangle button, select Tools -> Homepage. Uncheck the option "Restore Window at Browser Start".

Q: Can I set another homepage to open by default when I open the PS3 browser?
A: Yes. While in the browser, press the Triangle button, select Tools -> Homepage.

Q: How do I find my PS3's MAC Address?

A: In the XMB, go to Settings -> System Settings -> System Information.

Q: How can I measure the download and upload speed on my PS3?

A: In your PS3 browser, go to - The Global Broadband Speed Test - it's free and works like a charm with the PS3 browser. Remember to select a server close to where you live. Experiment with various servers, but normally the one closest to you is the fastest.

DVD, Blu-ray, and Multimedia on the PS3

Q: What video formats can be played on the PS3?

A: Memory Stick Video Format
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC LC)

MP4 file format
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (AAC LC)

MPEG-1 (MPEG Audio Layer 2)
MPEG-2 PS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2, AAC LC, AC3(Dolby Digital), LPCM)
MPEG-2 TS (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2)

- Motion JPEG (Linear PCM)
- Motion JPEG (µ-Law)

AVCHD (.m2ts / .mts)

Technically, more can be played using Linux, but the above mentioned are the ones inherently supported by the PS3.

Q: What audio formats can be played on the PS3?

A: Memory Stick Audio Format(ATRAC)
MP3(MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3)
WAVE(Linear PCM)

Technically, more can be played using Linux, but the above mentioned are the ones inherently supported by the PS3.

Q: What photo formats can be shown on the PS3?


Technically, more can be played using Linux, but the above mentioned are the ones inherently supported by the PS3.

Q: How do I convert my video files to the PS3?

A: Google it

Q: I have some multimedia stuff on an external storage device, but the PS3 doesn't show the files. Why is that?

A: For the PS3 to automatically show your pictures, movies or music files, they need to be in a specific folder in the root of the device. The folder names must be VIDEO , MUSIC, or PICTURE. To browse through folders with other names, press the Triangle button over the device, and select the "Show All" option. PS3™ | Changing the way content is displayed

If the files on the disc does not have a file extension (.gif, .mp3, .mp4, etc.) that is compatible with a format supported by the PS3, they won't be shown either.

Q: Are Blu-ray movies region-coded?
A: Yes and no. Officially, Blu-ray movies are region coded, but some people have found that their Region X movie can be played on a Region Y player. Read more here: Blu-Ray Region Code Info

Q: Which audio formats can the PS3 output?
A: The PS3 can output the following formats (please note that some of these are only available through the HDMI commenction, so you'll need an amplifier with HDMI inputs to enjoy those):
Dolby Digital (DD)
Dolby Digital Plus (DD+)
Dolby TrueHD (HDMI only)
DTS Digital Surround
Linear PCM (LPCM)

Q: Is the Blu-ray remote required to watch Blu-ray movies?
A: No.

Q: Can I play imported DVDs?

A: Not if they don't belong to the same region as your PS3 is locked to. If they are region free, thy must be either NTSC or PAL, you can't play a PAL DVD on an NTSC PS3 and vice versa.

Q: Can my PS3 play HD-DVDs?

A: No.

Q: When I watch a Blu-ray movie, my PS3 freezes during playback. This happens once in a while, and it normally lasts for 5-10 seconds. Why is that?

A: The exact reason is unknown, but some users have had luck removing this problem by turning off Wireless Networking on their PS3 (60GB only) before watching a movie.

Q: What's better, Blu-ray or HD-DVD?
A: This is a matter of heavy discussion, and I can't answer this without starting a flame war ;o)

Q: Are Blu-ray discs easily scratched?

A: No. Even though the protective layer on a Blu-ray disc is only 0.1 mm thick (compared to 0.6 mm on CDs and DVDs), it's very hard and scratch-resistant (it's different from the coating on CDs and DVDs).

Q: I heard that the PS3's HDMI output is HDMI 1.3. My TV is only HDMI 1.0, will it work?
A: Yes.

Q: Does the PS3 upscale DVDs?
A: Yes.

Q: I want to have digital sound, but my amplifier doesn't have an optical input or a HDMI input, only a coaxial one. What do I do?
A: You can use an optical-coaxial converter. Here's one: d=2948

Q: I want to have digital sound, but my amplifier doesn't have any digital inputs at all. What do I do?
A: You'll need to get a new receiver.

Q: What's the difference between Blu-ray and HD-DVD?
A: Technically, the difference is in the way they are produced in factories, the way layers on the disc are placed, and in the amount of storage capacity in each layer on the disc. A HD-DVD can store about 15GB per layer, Blu-ray 25GB. For a more technical comparison, go here: Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD on CD - Reviews- Differences

Q: I plan to use the PS3 as a Blu-ray player mainly. Can I program my Universal Remote to control the PS3?
A: Only if your remote supports Bluetooth (I haven't seen one that does yet). The PS3 doesn't have an infrared port. There is a workaround to this though, read more here: RC Article: Adding IR Remote Control Capabilities to the PlayStation 3 (2)

Q: I heard that <insert Universal or Paramount movie title here> is out on HD-DVD, but it will never come to Blu-ray. Why is that?
A: There is currently heavy competition between HD-DVD and Blu-ray to be the dominant format in the HD-movie business. The individual movie studios have chosen sides in this, some support Blu-ray, some support HD-DVD, some supports both formats. Currently, Universal and Paramount are currently only releasing their HD-movies on HD-DVD. Paramount recently chose to become HD-DVD exclusive.

Major studios that support Blu-ray:
Warner Bros.
Disney (Buena Vista)
Sony Pictures

Major studios that support HD-DVD:
Warner Bros.
Universal Studios

Q: Can I import (rip) my music CDs on the PS3?
A: Yes. The PS3 will encode your CDs into one of the audio formats it supports.

Q: Can I import (rip) my DVDs to the PS3?

A: No.

Q: What are the Blu-ray regions?
A: The Blu-ray regions are different from the ones used on DVD. The Blu-ray regions are labeled Region A, B, and C (compared to DVD regions labeled 0-8).
Region A: North America, Central America, South America, Koreas, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Region B: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Region C: India, Nepal, Mainland China, Russia, Central and South Asia.

Q: What are the DVD regions?

A: Here's a list of the DVD regions:
Region 1: USA, Canada.
Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland.
Region 3: South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia.
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (including Mexico).
Region 5: Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa.
Region 6: China.
Region 7: Reserved for Unspecified Special Use.
Region 8: Resevered for Cruise Ships, Airlines, etc.
Region 0 or Region All: Uncoded and can be played worldwide, however, PAL discs must be played in a PAL-compatible unit and NTSC discs must be played in an NTSC-compatible unit.

Q: What does Full RGB and Super-White settings do?
A: In Settings -> Dosplay Settings, you have two options named RGB Full Range (HDMI), and Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI). Here's a quick explanation:

From personal experience, I know that Full RGB makes blacks black, and whites white (almost sounds like a detergent commercial ;o).

The reason behind this is that in normal RGB, when the picture is totally black, the default is to send a sligtly lighter than black colour ot the TV. Some TV's sees this as totally black, and displays total blackness, while other sees it as the lighter black, and displays that.

When you set full RGB on, black will be output as black, and if your TV supports this input, it shows black as black.

Man - reading that explanation makes me dizzy - I hope it makes sense to you ;o)

The same goes for whites. In normal setting, white is not 100% white, while in full setting it's white.

Please note that your TV must support these two modes - if it doesn't your picture will look "wrong".

Here's the technical rundown:
A pixel's colour is determined by three numbers ranging from 0 to 255. One number for each colour: Red, Green and Blue. With these three colours, you can create any other colour.

For example (Red, Green, Blue):
All black: 0, 0, 0
All white: 255, 255, 255
Yellow: 255, 255, 0
Purple: 255, 0, 255
Grey: 128, 128, 128

In the HDMI spec, total black is set to 16, 16, 16. Total white is set to 235, 235, 235.

Some TV's have total black set to 0, 0, 0, and total white to 255, 255, 255.
Some TV's have total black set to 16, 16, 16, and total white to 235, 235, 235.

This means that in the Normal setting, your PS3 will output total black as 16, 16, 16.

If your TV has total black as 16, 16, 16, it will display a total black picture.
If it has total black at 0, 0, 0, it will display a slightly grey picture.

The "Full RGB" setting simply tells your PS3 to output total black as 0, 0, 0 instead of 16, 16, 16, thus enabling you to see the picture as it's supposed to be seen. This requires that your TV accepts 0, 0, 0 as total black though.
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my ps3 will not allow me to eject GTA 4..... I have broken the seal and taken it apart via youtube videos... i have got my game out. The ps3 wouldn't let me insert my game back in... there are 2 little grey arms that are blocking my game from ejecting or being inserted?! As of right now i put my game back in and everything works fine i can still play... but i don't want to have to take it apart everytime i want to switch games... any solutions. I know that my warrenty is void now that i have broken the seal...
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Downloaded shows

I downloaded a show baught not rented so can I save that to a thumb drive or stream it to my computer so it is not just sitting there after I watch it taken up over two gigs of space?
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I am having big problems connecting to psn. Everytime I do it keeps saying my connection has timed out. I have checked my broadband connection through the test and it says it's fine and have also have tired the ethernet as well but it is still not working. Has been doing this now for a couple of days. Has anyone any ideas?????
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Originally Posted by cornholio 97 View Post
I am having big problems connecting to psn. Everytime I do it keeps saying my connection has timed out. I have checked my broadband connection through the test and it says it's fine and have also have tired the ethernet as well but it is still not working. Has been doing this now for a couple of days. Has anyone any ideas?????
Are you useing a router ?
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why cant i connect with one of my friends on ps3 network

the connection used to be fine and all of a sudden me and my friend cant play any games together .
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blu-ray sound

When I play a Blu-Ray disc rented from Love Film it never plays 5.1 but all bought Blu-Ray and ordinary do. Love Film can't explain why they say it may be a setting installed by Sony and it is down to them to solve it.
Is there a patch to download.
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my ps3 had the ylod, i saw a video of a guy fixin it w a hairdryer and a fan, i did it, it works, but now my ps3 doesnt want to load any disk and when im goin to play my downloaded games the screen stays black, internet, xmb works fine, if anyone knows how to fix this, inbox me to PSN ID: elchinonyno. im always online. thnkxxxxx
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Head phones/ adapters? HELP!

I recently bought a pair of turtle beach earforce px21 headphones for my PS3, and im debating on opening them or not. Id like to know a few things.

1. since I already have a perfectly good set of sony headphones, is there such a thing as a head phones USB adapter or something like that for my PS3 since there is no headphones jack in the system itself?

2. if so where would I find one and how much would it cost?

3. would it allow audio for games, dvd, blu-ray, and netflix?

4. do my turtle beach headphones support audio for these features?

5. are the PS3 brand wireless headphone better?

pleas help! im in a mild crisis here! aaugh!
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hello guys my ps3 3.41 ofw i have ps jailbreak 2 when i plug jailbreak(on hack mode)my ps3 didn,t show 3.55 it shows 3.41 i tried play uncharted 3 but it not plays.please help me how can i fix it on 3.55ofw?
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check your Ethernet cable i think your cable is not working properly
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