How do you fix the rsod (red screen of death) on a ps3?

i turned on my ps3 one morning and a red screen came up right away. I searched it and it is called the red screen of death. anyone else that has asked a question like this has had replies that say buy a new one or that sucks. I want to know how to actually fix this problem. It says a serious error has occured in various languages. I have tried everything on the menu that pops up when you hold the power button down.


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just reformatting the HDD is not enough, you need to purchase a low level editing application such as Winhex and zero out the drive.
i did this and RSOD went away.
Then do the FW update via USB (i need to find a 6axis controller)

this sounds like a failed update file stored somewhere on the slack space on the HDD, as it checks out fine on my PC (I tried filling it to 100% after zeroing and formatting, looks OK) and SMART says it is perfect.

have two 250GB's here and a 160 if anyone is stuck.
TOCO (author)  conundrum21426 years ago
Great advise! Unfourtionatly I parted out everyting on that system except the motherboard. Now I have one that has the ylod. I have fixed it a few times but it only last a month each time.
yokozuna6 years ago
The RSOD usually appears after powering off after a bad firmware update. If you've already tried everything on the recovery menu, I suggest you try reloading the update via the USB method described here.  I suggest you document it, and if it works, I'm sure this would be a very popular instructable and introduce a ton of people with the same problem to our little website.  Good luck.
TOCO (author)  yokozuna6 years ago
Thank for the help but the usb method is the 6th option on the recovery menu. I have already tried the latest update 3.40. One of the options tells me that the hard drive is corrupted. Every time i try to reformat it the red screen comes up after it is done formating. I looked inside and one of the heatsinks was fine but the thermal compund on the other was almost completely gone. I am going to reapply the compound. I think that the corrupted data on the hard drive will still be an issue.
TOCO (author)  TOCO6 years ago
I opened it up and applied artic silver thermal compound. I also did everything with a heat gun. I put it back together and it still had the rsod. The hard drive is corrupted. Would it be worth getting an adapter to put it in a computer to format it? The adapter is about 15 dollars. Would I be better off buying this and following the book instructions. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=180525824093&Category=156595&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D2 Here is the adapter http://www.cooldrives.com/sahadradtoid.html
It' s nice to see that I'm not alone in this rsod war.
I also tried a low level format on the drive after I plugged it (via SATA) in my PC.
Of course ,after reformatting the drive and the installation of the last firmware via usb the red screen came up again.
Rsod came up in the same month that i had 4 Black Outs...
The Recovery menu says that the hard drive is corrupted and of course tries to repair it but without success.
After the installation of the firmware I still get the red screen.
My question is : "What is the hardware that you can easly broke with a couple of Black Outs?"
Motherboard? Impossible, It wouldn't allow me to power on my ps3
RAM? So I should get system errors during the installation
Processor? Impossible, the installation it self is a process so the cpu is working
I think that the only one that remains is the hard disk (also because the recovery menu says it is corrupted).
Tomorrow I'll buy a new one with the same phisical size and I'll try again with the new drive.
In the worste case I bought a new HD . . .
did you fix it with new hd ?
Did you fix it with new HD.
hay i was thinking if it can be the graphics card.....what do you think??
TOCO (author)  yokozuna6 years ago
I forgot to mention that after the update is complete the system restarts and the red screen comes up.
There is a way to fix this problem. However, you must be on 3.55 or lower because it involves installing a .pkg file. If you are above 3.55, you cannot use this method. The problem is caused mainly by 2 things:

1. Corrupted area of flash known as VTRM
2. Hardware failure (Probably the GPU)

Here's what you need to do...

1. Download 355-NOTHEROS-RSOD.PUP http://www.ps3hax.net/downloads.php?do=file&id=721
(You will need to rename the .PUP file to PS3UPDAT.PUP)

2. Download GAMEOS RSOD FIX http://www.ps3hax.net/downloads.php?do=file&id=720

3. On a FAT32 formatted USB drive, create a folder structure like this...
PS3 -> UPDATE and put the PS3UPDAT.PUP from step 1 in the UPDATE folder. Should look like this PS3 -> UPDATE -> PS3UPDAT.PUP
(Also put the GAMEOS RSOD FIX .pkg file on the root of the USB drive)

4. Put the USB drive in the PS3 and boot to the recovery menu. Choose system update and let the PS3 update. This should allow you to boot past the RSOD to the XMB.

5. On the XMB, go to Game and find the install package files option. Select rsodfix.gnpdrm.pkg and let it install. Next, run the application. If successful, you should hear a single beep from the PS3 and it should boot back to XMB.

6. You can now install any firmware you want to. Personally, I would install OFW 3.55 and THEN install a CFW of your choice.

Thats it! This should fix the RSOD. If this does not work or if the RSOD returns in a few days, then you have a hardware failure. Most likely with the GPU. You will need to get the chip reballed to fix it.
TOCO (author)  azizazoz20076 years ago
My solution was to part it out. I was able to get around $80 for the power supply and bluray drive. The motherboard and case didnt sell because people know that it isnt an easy fix and there were like 30 of them like mine.