146w ago - Today Examiner.com (linked above) reports that numerous users who opted to upgrade the PS3 HDD are now experiencing issues with the recently released PS3 Firmware 3.41 update.
It is not yet determined if these issues are related to the PS3 Firmware Patches Sony instituted beginning with PlayStation 3 Firmware update version 3.41, however, there is currently a lengthy thread on Sony's official board covering the issues.
To summarize, quoting from Examiner.com: "The problems being reported are the following: PS3 owners are unable to update their system to firmware 3.41, HDD upgrades aren't being allowed, systems are crashing, and after installing a new HDD the system isn't fully downloading the file and then prompts users with a message stating 'no applicable data found'."
Sony did respond to online inquiries regarding this topic with this response:
"We apologize for any inconvenience you are experiencing with upgrading Internal Hard Disc Drive (for PlayStation 3) on your PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system. The information available to our Consumer Services Department does not suggest that this is a problem PlayStation(R) owners are likely to experience when upgrading the HDD with 3.41 update. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) strongly supports the quality of its products and backs them with full confidence."
Sony is currently recommending affected users update their previous PS3 HDD first to see if the update works with it, followed by updating from a thumb drive formatted in FAT 32 with the 3.41 PS3 update.
If anyone here is experiencing similar issues, feel free to reply in the comments below.
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Furthermore , once unpacked the file dates for every dev_flash archive has changed to that of 7/29/2010 , vs the original of 7/21/2010 - as seen in the images below.
So, Sony did indeed update the firmware without informing anyone, probably a change in a single (or few) SPRX's. - Also, the new Auto Update feature in regards to PS3 Patches was not updated - so it was possible that it was not affected (or, that Sony did not fix it!)
Thank you for the info. I finally broke down and was going to update my 3.15 firmware to 3.41 until I remembered I should switch my hard drive to a new one first due to Sony's usual screwing up. My new HDD (500GB Momentus 7200.4) arrives in a few hours anyway so I might as well wait and update that just to be on the safe side.
I know this is pretty off topic but it's on the topic of PS3 functionality so I'm going to say to those of you with expired warranty on your PS3 for heaven's sake open it up and properly apply REAL thermal paste and adjust the heatsink bolts (bend them to tighten further when screwed in). By default the heatsink is barely making any contact with the processors and is using some el-cheapo crap as the paste.
I had to apply too much paste because otherwise it wouldn't make reasonable contact, bad contact is better than piss-poor-barely-any contact. My PS3 hasn't frozen up in the same scenes it previously froze after I did this. I felt I had to mention this since I brought it up earlier in the thread.