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#2641 thunder_gamer

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:00 AM

Does anyone else with a Slim have it freeze and then check for corrupt files upon reboot when you have to manually shut if off?


Quite often for the past few months. Mainly when using PS Home. I think there is/was something wrong with the firmware since 4.1x, which continued even when firmware update to 4.20, and PS Home because before updating to firmware 4.1x, there was not that much problem. But afterward, it would often freeze when using PS Home. Almost caused data loss.

However, since both firmware and PS Home had been updated since then, hopefully the problem got solved. But remains to be seen...

#2642 anotherpoorgamer

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

So wait, I thought I could register two PSPs to the PSN along with my PS3 after that cut off date?! I have a PSP 3000 and a PSP Go, but it says I have to un-register one of them in order to use the other with my PSN account.

I guess I could just not connect to the Internet when one of my PSPs isn't registered to my PSN account. Thinking about registering the PSP Go and downloading everything digital to that.

I wonder if that's the same with the Vita and PSP 3000? Going to look at the FAQs in the first page.

#2643 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 07:49 PM

Vita and PSP use the same activation category, so only two of them can be activated for your account.


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#2644 The 7th Number

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:15 AM

Can i add say, 2.00 to my PSN wallet using a debit card?

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#2645 Dormin

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:18 AM

Can i add say, 2.00 to my PSN wallet using a debit card?

Nope the lowest you can add is 5.00$
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#2646 The 7th Number

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:22 AM

Nope the lowest you can add is 5.00$


Ok, but what i was really concerned about was if i could add funds to my wallet using a debit card. Instead of having to buy a whole game using my debit card. Because if i buy retro city rampage i might be 2-3 dollars short of buying something else. Thanks for the quick reply!

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#2647 Dormin

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:26 AM

yea you can use your debit I use mine all the time you just have to put up atleast 5.00 :)
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#2648 lokizz

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 06:41 PM

im looking to replace the fan in my ps3 slim does anyone know of a trustworthy place to purchase one?

#2649 greydt

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:04 PM

Crap, I think my PSN account got hacked. This morning, two purchases popped up in email notifications:

Mass Effect™ 3 (14 GB)
Pure Chess® Halloween Treat Bundle (Full Game and Add-On Content)

No one else has access to my PS3 nor the account, so this was done remotely somewhere. I've since reset my password + notified Sony Entertainment customer service. Luckily I never linked my cc to my PSN account, so it just affected the $50 or so I had in my PSN wallet.

Wanted to check if anyone has a good info source online on next steps + what may have caused me to get hacked?

#2650 J7.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:25 AM

social engineering is popular these days. call up sony from the # on their support website.

#2651 Spokker

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:16 AM

New PS3 owner here who took advantage of the holiday bundle.

How long should it take to install a 4+ gig game from the hard drive? The game is Little Big Planet 2 and I got it through the PS+ free trial. I can't tell you how long it's been, but it's at 30% and it has been at least half an hour. I am not talking about downloading the game, but installing it once it is downloaded.

Is this a matter of downloading things in the background and installing at the same time that causes it to slow down? Even so, I can't imagine why a typical hard drive could not handle those two tasks at once.

#2652 J7.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:43 AM

I don't know but I did just download a 7.6 gb file and it only took an hour or two. I will be installing it soon so I'll try to remember how long that part takes and come back here. If you download in the background it does not install large game files like that. When it's done downloading in the background it places the game file under games in the XMB and then you click on it there and it installs.

#2653 Halo05

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:05 AM

Crap, I think my PSN account got hacked. This morning, two purchases popped up in email notifications:

Mass Effect™ 3 (14 GB)
Pure Chess® Halloween Treat Bundle (Full Game and Add-On Content)

No one else has access to my PS3 nor the account, so this was done remotely somewhere. I've since reset my password + notified Sony Entertainment customer service. Luckily I never linked my cc to my PSN account, so it just affected the $50 or so I had in my PSN wallet.

Wanted to check if anyone has a good info source online on next steps + what may have caused me to get hacked?


What kind of sick bastard buys a chess game?!

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

As many of you know, black ops 2 is plaid with bugs, lag etc which many people have been suffering including me.


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#2654 Spokker

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

Stopping all downloads seemed to make for a faster install time for titles being installed from the hard drive. Ratchet and Clank was 14 gigs and installed more quickly than Little Big Planet 2 did at just under 5 gigs. I wonder why it has to install in the first place, though. On the Xbox 360, once the content is downloaded it is ready to go.

#2655 johnnypark

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:42 PM

New PS3 owner here who took advantage of the holiday bundle.

How long should it take to install a 4+ gig game from the hard drive? The game is Little Big Planet 2 and I got it through the PS+ free trial. I can't tell you how long it's been, but it's at 30% and it has been at least half an hour. I am not talking about downloading the game, but installing it once it is downloaded.

Is this a matter of downloading things in the background and installing at the same time that causes it to slow down? Even so, I can't imagine why a typical hard drive could not handle those two tasks at once.


In the XMB under 'Shut Down' you'll find a little check box which allows you to tell it to shut off after downloads are finished. This option also installs whatever you download, which is preferable to coming back and manually hitting "install" later, such as if a download finishes while you're playing a game.

It's obnoxious that you have to plan it out sometimes, but if you set up a big download before you go to sleep with that option checked, it should be installed and ready to go when you turn it back on.
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#2656 J7.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:17 AM

Stopping all downloads seemed to make for a faster install time for titles being installed from the hard drive. Ratchet and Clank was 14 gigs and installed more quickly than Little Big Planet 2 did at just under 5 gigs. I wonder why it has to install in the first place, though. On the Xbox 360, once the content is downloaded it is ready to go.


Sorry for misinterpreting your question, I thought you were saying you were downloading it in the background and then installing it at the same time, didn't know you meant other things downloading. Stopping all downloads while installing might also help your drive from becoming fragmented.

#2657 J7.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:44 PM

If I hook my PS3 up to my TV using HDMI and then use optical out of my TV itself to 5.1 headphones, will I get 5.1 sound or just stereo i.e. do I have to do optical out of the PS3 itself to the headphones? Same question for 360.

#2658 shaggyc

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:55 PM

From what I've seen it depends on the tv. I have a sharp that will not output that sound in anything other than stereo no matter what settings I use. My magnavox puts the sound through in untouched 5.1. This holds true for both 360 and ps3.
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#2659 J7.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:57 AM

From what I've seen it depends on the tv. I have a sharp that will not output that sound in anything other than stereo no matter what settings I use. My magnavox puts the sound through in untouched 5.1. This holds true for both 360 and ps3.


Ok cool. I guess I will have to test it out in-game.

#2660 Spokker

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:11 AM

Sorry for misinterpreting your question, I thought you were saying you were downloading it in the background and then installing it at the same time, didn't know you meant other things downloading. Stopping all downloads while installing might also help your drive from becoming fragmented.


I heard that before something is installed the space is allocated for it so fragmentation cannot happen in this way. Something about the OS being based on Linux.

#2661 J7.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:03 AM

I heard that before something is installed the space is allocated for it so fragmentation cannot happen in this way. Something about the OS being based on Linux.


Are you saying when you download an item it allocates the space for the install then? I'm always stopping new downloads when they start if I'm already downloading or installing something.

#2662 Crunchewy

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

I have a very basic question about the PS3. What type of headsets does it use. Just bluetooth? And if so, can you have more than one, so multiple people can play online and chat at the same time (if that's even possible in any games)?

Also, LBP2 is a PS+ freebie? I presume that if you let PS+ lapse you then no longer have the game, right? If so I guess I'll still buy the disc from newegg for $20.

#2663 J7.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:01 AM

I have a very basic question about the PS3. What type of headsets does it use. Just bluetooth? And if so, can you have more than one, so multiple people can play online and chat at the same time (if that's even possible in any games)?

Also, LBP2 is a PS+ freebie? I presume that if you let PS+ lapse you then no longer have the game, right? If so I guess I'll still buy the disc from newegg for $20.


It has bluetooth, not sure how else a headset would work unless it came with it's own wireless signal via a usb stick or something. More than one? Don't know. This might have your answer http://share.blog.us...adsets-for-ps3/ This article talks about using multiple headsets but it sounds like you have to disconnect one to use the other one. http://www.ehow.com/...adsets-ps3.html

If you let PS+ lapse, you no longer have the game, but if you get PS+ again you will regain access to all your PS+ games you had purchased for free.

#2664 shaggyc

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:00 AM

They do also have usb headsets for ps3. Standard usb pc headsets work too. They are voice chat only and do not receive game sounds.
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#2665 Locoxx

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:37 AM

Does anybody know a cheap external HDD of 300 GB? I only find 500 GB D=.

#2666 Crunchewy

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

I set up our super slim to see if it had the squeal problem (it doesn't), but now I'd like to reset it back to factory state so there's no account on it. Is that possible? How do you do it?

#2667 J7.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:37 AM

I set up our super slim to see if it had the squeal problem (it doesn't), but now I'd like to reset it back to factory state so there's no account on it. Is that possible? How do you do it?


Squeal problem? You want to deactivate it and format the system. There are options on formatting in the System Settings. You may be able to format it in more than 1 way and I'm not 100% sure both ways are the correct way. You may want to format first and then also do restore if you're worried. I can't find official Sony info on format/restore but here is for deactivating.

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#2668 Crunchewy

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

I didn't actually set up a network account I don't think? I didn't connect to the net. So I probably don't need to deactivate.

The squeal problem was reported in another thread. At least some people got Black Friday bundle "super-slim" PS3s (with Infamous 1&2/Uncharted 1&2) that make a loud high-pitched noise when playing a disc. Fortunately ours doesn't seem to do that.

While I'm at it - another quick question. Can you plug the controller into any USB charger to charge it? I'd like to have the controllers fully charged up for Xmas, and if I can do it that way I won't need to set up the system again to do it.

EDIT: I'm trying a support chat and will see what they say about resetting it to factory state (I want them to get the system setup prompts when they power it up on Xmas). I'll report here what they tell me.

#2669 Crunchewy

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

Here's how to get back to factory state:

System Settings>Restore PS3 System>Quick Format

This will erase everything on the system!

Then it will reboot and take you back to the system setup. They said it was OK to just power off at that point. Then they will get the factory setup when they power it up.

#2670 Spokker

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

Are you saying when you download an item it allocates the space for the install then? I'm always stopping new downloads when they start if I'm already downloading or installing something.

That's what I read, yes.