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Soooo, I am not sure if we have one here or not, I did a search and nothing came up, so I decided to make this thread....
Not sure how well it will go, but I thought maybe we can get everyone that considers themselves a 'nerd' to post why they believe that? Maybe some How-to's and such wink.gif
There should be no bias here, you may post anything from you love playing Saxophone, Love technology to model building.
I will start, basically I am a Tech-Nerd, I love technology... I work in an Online PC store, I build and test computers whenever I can... I also love Aviation and aircraft, I have a model plane collection of around 120+ models, I also have model cars and yeah wink.gif

So here we go, the first How-To video, How to install an SSD into a PS3:
Anyway, lately I have been
My PS3 Story:
Well, over the past three days my PS3 has been unusable.
I will begin my story, with the sudden and dramatic speed decrease in my Playstaion. Basically, to load the console, took ten minutes for the XMB to show on screen, and then it would take a minute or more for EVERY movement.
Then, GTAV wouldn't load, took ten minutes to get the starting siren sequence, and rockstar logo and then it went into an infinite 'Loading Story Mode'. All the while the HDD LED was 100% on.
And finally, the PSN would no longer connect, it connected to Internet fine but PSN failed. I jumped onto PlayStation Aus and sure enough a new update was available which fixed "stability issues" so downloaded that instantly....
My troubles really began now, the download got to 99% then took 40minutes to complete the last 1%. Then installation got to 99% before the console crashed and shut off... Upon restarting, the infinite 99% brick started.... (You CANNOT access the safe mode)
Fixed the issue with a workaround of installing my GFs spare laptop HDD and then swapping it out for the original HDD...
To my surprise, the PS3 was still as slow as ever and GTAV still didn't load.... So, I booted into safe mode and did all the non-destructive restores I could... All to no avail.
I decided to backup my and my GFs saves onto a spare External HDD I had. After waiting 5 hours for it to copy 6 measly GB, I formatted the HDD and started again.... Tried to load the backup and it took 40minutes per 1%.... I was sick of its s**t and pulled the plug.
Then it hit me, I had a spare 120GB SSD laying around upstairs so here is a quick guide to installing and configuring an SSD in your PS3:

BEFORE YOU START THIS:
If you have CRITICAL save games, then backup your HDD save files by going to the "Backup Utility" in the XMB menu. You will have to use a PC to format an external/portable HDD with the FAT32 Filesystem, the PS3 ONLY reads the FAT32 system. NOT NTFS.

First Off, What will you will need?:
- Your PS3 Console, mine is a 320GB 'Slim'


- A USB stick configured with the latest PS3 firmware.
If you do not know how to do this, it is very simple, on windows, go to the Australian PS website, and download the latest firmware to the desktop.
Plug in your USB, and make a new folder called "PS3" then create a folder called "UPDATE"
These folders MUST be in upper case.
Then copy the downloaded .pup into the UPDATE folder.
Your USB is now ready.


- The Solid State Drive (Mine is a 120GB Samsung 840)
You do NOT need a state-of-the-art SSD, the PS3 doesn't have Sata3 speeds and also has no TRIM function, so even a 2 year old SSD would be fine


- You will also need a small screwdriver set, I used a Clock/Jewelers Set. You literally only need 1 screwdriver...

Now we get to business.
Step 1: Flip the PS3 console over and remove the plastic covering the first screw:


Slide the Plastic front panel down the PS3 to reveal the HDD cage:


Now, remove the HDD cage by unscrewing the four screws and then install it on the SSD in the correct way:

Step 1 complete....



Step 2: Configuring the new SSD:
Plug your pre-configured USB stick into the PS3 and make sure your controller is connected via a cable.


Turn the PS3 on, and be greeted by this ominous message:

Press the start and select button simultaneously.

The USB will be checked and you will be greeted with another ominous message;

Press and Hold the START and SELECT button for at least 5 seconds.


The SSD will be formatted, a hell of a lot quicker than the old HDD:



Then after the console restarts, the new Firmware will be installed, This took me ages as my USB is USB1.0 standard [frown.gif]


Your PS3 is now SSD powered wink.gif

If you are like me and like the best and fastest in everything, then this is a great update...
My PS3 is now going great, the console loads to the XMB menu in 5 seconds, The XMB menu loads everything instantly, moves with 0 lag, Loads GTAV from disk insert to playing in 2 minutes and now no longer has to buffer and render the games while you are driving/flying around the city fast.


So, there is the first "nerd" how-to wink.gif What have you guys got to share and broaden everyone knowledge smile.gif


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Posts in this topic
- rentaspace   The 6GC Nerds Thread   Dec 24, 2013 - 6:46 PM
- - cardshark525   Nice. Don't have anything of my own but last ...   Dec 28, 2013 - 2:24 PM
|- - PegGTS   QUOTE (cardshark525 @ Dec 28, 2013 - 1...   Dec 28, 2013 - 4:39 PM
- - RabidTRD   I'm a console gamer... Grew up on the PC with ...   Dec 29, 2013 - 11:33 PM
- - rentaspace   hehe, My pc specs are as follows: Desktop: - i7 26...   Dec 30, 2013 - 5:05 AM
|- - cardshark525   QUOTE (rentaspace @ Dec 30, 2013 - 5...   Dec 30, 2013 - 11:25 AM
- - rentaspace   Very happy with it And now another one of my ho...   Dec 30, 2013 - 11:58 PM
- - cardshark525   Ah yes... the ever popular 7th gen to 6th gen conv...   Dec 31, 2013 - 1:03 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (cardshark525 @ Dec 31, 2013 - 1...   Jan 2, 2014 - 6:50 PM
- - Bitter   Nerds? Pfft. I'm getting a busted Mark Levins...   Jan 4, 2014 - 12:39 PM
- - rentaspace   Got given a bunch of model planes from a long time...   Jan 5, 2014 - 12:43 AM
- - rentaspace   Traded in one of my Xbox 360 consoles, some games,...   Feb 2, 2014 - 12:31 AM
- - RoadRage   I'm not huge on tech, but I do have an Xbox on...   Feb 3, 2014 - 10:28 AM
- - sandusky1977   Here you go, nice nerd setup for you... Quad Vi...   Feb 3, 2014 - 11:27 AM
|- - mkernz22   QUOTE (sandusky1977 @ Feb 3, 2014 - 11...   Feb 3, 2014 - 2:16 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (sandusky1977 @ Feb 3, 2014 - 11...   Feb 4, 2014 - 1:05 AM
- - VavAlephVav   I say the trick to building a custom system when y...   Feb 5, 2014 - 9:13 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (VavAlephVav @ Feb 5, 2014 - 9...   Feb 9, 2014 - 2:45 AM
- - Poonicus   Love the calendars in the back ground, I missed th...   Feb 16, 2014 - 4:42 PM
- - PegGTS   I bought this the other day   Feb 26, 2014 - 2:58 PM
|- - Box   QUOTE (PegGTS @ Feb 26, 2014 - 2:58 ...   Mar 26, 2014 - 10:50 PM
- - rentaspace   mmmm N64, Mine is sadly neglected atm... Along wi...   Mar 21, 2014 - 8:49 PM
- - Bitter   I built this today.   Mar 21, 2014 - 9:17 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Mar 21, 2014 - 9:17 ...   Mar 21, 2014 - 9:19 PM
- - Bitter   Just playing around with a COB. It's a 10W war...   Mar 21, 2014 - 10:17 PM
- - rentaspace   Nice, might even be able to make a few and sell so...   Mar 21, 2014 - 11:51 PM
- - Bitter   Meh, nah, not unless you want a BITCHING case ligh...   Mar 22, 2014 - 7:58 AM
- - Bitter   http://www.ebay.com/itm/261223679770?ssPag...984.m...   Mar 26, 2014 - 7:28 PM
- - Box   All I saw was Pokemon Stadium, so yeah.   Mar 26, 2014 - 7:50 PM
- - Bitter   Wut?   Mar 26, 2014 - 7:59 PM
- - rentaspace   I sold Pokemon Blue for $35 the other day, no...   Mar 27, 2014 - 1:03 AM
- - Bitter   Damn, 28 amps! That's some serious 12V rai...   Mar 27, 2014 - 2:20 AM
- - rentaspace   Ten megabyte hard drive man; that's one whole ...   Mar 27, 2014 - 2:49 AM
- - Box   It is, even in the last ten or so years. I rememb...   Mar 27, 2014 - 4:01 AM
- - PegGTS   I love me some pokemon stadium. It's always a ...   Mar 27, 2014 - 11:42 AM
- - rentaspace   Awwwwwwwwww yeahhhhhhh:   Mar 28, 2014 - 1:15 AM
- - Box   Just run liquid nitrogen, that'll keep things ...   Mar 28, 2014 - 1:21 AM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Box @ Mar 28, 2014 - 1:21 AM)...   Mar 28, 2014 - 1:29 AM
- - Box   DAT COOLING though.   Mar 28, 2014 - 4:17 AM
- - rentaspace   Getting there:   Mar 29, 2014 - 3:20 AM
- - rentaspace   Waiting for more fittings:   Mar 31, 2014 - 7:09 PM
- - Bitter   Nice.   Mar 31, 2014 - 8:47 PM
- - rentaspace   Fittings arrived and now leak testing/cleaning the...   Apr 2, 2014 - 1:29 AM
- - Box   Cool!   Apr 2, 2014 - 12:39 PM
- - Bitter   Makes me want to get my Koolance case up and going...   Apr 2, 2014 - 7:22 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Apr 2, 2014 - 7:22 P...   Apr 3, 2014 - 1:55 AM
- - Bitter   My main PC is an E8400, my spare is an i3. I lack ...   Apr 3, 2014 - 7:48 AM
- - PegGTS   I need to upgrade my PC. I built it quite a while ...   Apr 3, 2014 - 1:22 PM
- - cardshark525   I love liquid cooling. I'm sitting here at 26c...   Apr 3, 2014 - 3:42 PM
- - rentaspace   Well, I had a H100i but the LEDs died and Corsair ...   Apr 3, 2014 - 5:38 PM
- - PegGTS   Anybody play Titanfall on PC?   Apr 21, 2014 - 1:16 AM
- - RoadRage   No, Xbone   Apr 21, 2014 - 8:14 AM
|- - PegGTS   QUOTE (RoadRage @ Apr 21, 2014 - 8:1...   Apr 21, 2014 - 12:42 PM
- - rentaspace   Got this today:   May 9, 2014 - 7:34 PM
- - Bitter   http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-p...spx?p...   May 18, 2014 - 1:07 PM
- - rentaspace   Sounds pretty good, One of my mates recently upgr...   May 27, 2014 - 4:51 AM
- - Special_Edy   Anyone ever considered dunking the entire system i...   May 31, 2014 - 9:56 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Special_Edy @ May 31, 2014 - 9...   Jun 1, 2014 - 1:19 AM
- - Bitter   The mini itx is up and running just fine, the 60mm...   May 31, 2014 - 10:23 PM
- - Bitter   I'd rather do a water loop with a massive pass...   Jun 1, 2014 - 8:11 AM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Jun 1, 2014 - 9:11 A...   Jun 1, 2014 - 9:25 PM
- - Bitter   http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Inspiron-570-...=p204...   Jun 1, 2014 - 8:43 PM
- - Bitter   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E1...   Jun 7, 2014 - 7:45 AM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Jun 7, 2014 - 7:45 A...   Jun 7, 2014 - 8:55 PM
- - Bitter   I'm happy to hear that! I'm excited to...   Jun 9, 2014 - 12:16 AM
- - rentaspace   So today I spent painting up a Nintendo 64 control...   Jun 9, 2014 - 1:05 AM
- - Bitter   Cute! I'm sure it'll turn out nice, m...   Jun 9, 2014 - 12:38 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Jun 9, 2014 - 12:38 ...   Jun 11, 2014 - 7:54 PM
- - Bitter   Anyone here play with FreeNAS? I'm thinking ab...   Jun 12, 2014 - 6:46 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Jun 12, 2014 - 6:46 ...   Jun 12, 2014 - 7:13 PM
- - Bitter   I did some reading and it seems that... If I don...   Jun 12, 2014 - 10:48 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Jun 12, 2014 - 11:48...   Jun 12, 2014 - 11:45 PM
|- - Bitter   QUOTE (rentaspace @ Jun 12, 2014 - 11...   Jun 23, 2014 - 7:40 AM
- - mkernz22   Forgot about this thread, but a few weeks ago I pu...   Jun 13, 2014 - 2:11 PM
- - rentaspace   Any reason why external monitors on a laptop?   Jun 23, 2014 - 5:38 AM
|- - mkernz22   QUOTE (rentaspace @ Jun 23, 2014 - 6...   Jun 27, 2014 - 11:17 AM
- - Bitter   Got a free laptop, was failing randomly, it would ...   Jun 25, 2014 - 9:16 PM
- - rentaspace   Sounds like a score if it pulls off... I carbon w...   Jun 25, 2014 - 11:26 PM
- - Bitter   Yea, I was pretty excited when it posted with both...   Jun 26, 2014 - 12:09 AM
- - rentaspace   Not the best, but first time I've ever wrapped...   Jun 26, 2014 - 3:11 AM
- - Bitter   Looks good to me.   Jun 26, 2014 - 12:27 PM
- - VavAlephVav   When I built my desktop it was so I could Play wow...   Jun 27, 2014 - 11:05 PM
- - Bitter   virtualbox Windows7 install up and running. woot. ...   Jun 27, 2014 - 11:35 PM
- - rentaspace   Another hobby of mine; Aquarium. Spent the past we...   Jul 4, 2014 - 3:49 AM
- - rentaspace   Some photos of the hatchlings:   Jul 5, 2014 - 7:36 PM
- - VavAlephVav   wow those are super cool looking and different fro...   Jul 5, 2014 - 9:30 PM
- - rentaspace   They look cute! Mine always chill around the ...   Jul 6, 2014 - 9:37 PM
- - Bitter   I had a female painted for about 10 years, it ate ...   Jul 6, 2014 - 10:56 PM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 6, 2014 - 11:56 ...   Jul 6, 2014 - 11:23 PM
- - Bitter   Yea, nothing that fancy for us when we had it. Thi...   Jul 7, 2014 - 12:09 AM
- - Box   My mom and grandmother owned a tropical pet store ...   Jul 7, 2014 - 1:02 AM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Box @ Jul 7, 2014 - 1:02 AM) ...   Jul 8, 2014 - 1:11 AM
- - VavAlephVav   lol the turtle likes to play it cool, she's no...   Jul 7, 2014 - 7:45 PM
- - Box   Did some searching and I think they were whitetail...   Jul 8, 2014 - 1:23 AM
|- - rentaspace   QUOTE (Box @ Jul 8, 2014 - 1:23 AM) ...   Jul 9, 2014 - 12:13 AM
- - Box   RE: The 6GC Nerds Thread   Jul 9, 2014 - 1:06 AM
- - rentaspace   They look pretty cool. What was there temperament?...   Jul 9, 2014 - 8:18 PM
- - Box   From what I can remember they were in a tank thems...   Jul 9, 2014 - 9:20 PM
- - rentaspace   Fair enough, convicts are a pain in the ass.   Jul 10, 2014 - 10:40 PM
- - Box   QUOTE (rentaspace @ Jul 10, 2014 - 10...   Jul 11, 2014 - 12:46 PM
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