Originally Posted by playerkp420
What update are you trying to install?
Cause: At this point the update is verifying and unpacking files from the .pup, then updating files on the NAND (and HDD for newer consoles with NOR flash). In 9/10 cases any failures at this point are due to a corrupt update file which happens pretty easily if it has been downloaded over a poor wireless network or poor connection in general. Otherwise in rare cases there could be a write failure to flash which I have NEVER witnessed.
Fixes:Download the latest update version and prep a USB stick into FAT32. It maybe a good idea to double check the MD5 of the file to be certain it is a 1:1 copy once downloaded. Place the update named 'PS3UPDAT.PUP' on the USB device inside the correct folders (for example: F:\PS3\UPDATE). Anywhere else and the PS3 will not see the file. Swap out the current hard drive in the PS3 for a spare one, it doesn't have to be formatted or anything like that as the PS3 will do it for you. Now you will have to turn the console on but instead of booting it normally, put it into recovery mode. For anyone who doesn't know how to do that: hold the power button until the console turns on then off again, take your finger off and hold it down again so the console turns on again then wait for it to beep twice in quick succession before removing your finger. The console should then ask for you to connect a controller via cable and press the PS button. Once in recovery mode put your USB stick in any port and then choose the 'System Update' option. It will format, prepare and hopefully install the update without any further error.
3.56v1 3.56 v2 and E3 4.30