Fix Common PS3 CFW Freezing or Lagging Problems

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After installing CFW, you may experience some problems with your CFW not playing games, lagging or randomly freezing. This guide will make your CFW run as stable as possible.

General Problems

General problems that may occur after installing or updating your Custom Firmware:
– Random game freezing
– Games returning to XMB
– Games starting but freezing on black screen
– Extremely slow loading, lagging video’s

Access PS3's recovery menu

First turn off Playstation®3.

Then hold The power button down… The system will turn on and turn off again.

Once the System has been shutdown, re-press you finger until you hear 2 consecutive beeps… After you hear the 2 beeps take your finger off the power button.

You will be promted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button, the Recovery menu will pop up:

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Restore Filesystem

First choose “3. Restore Filesystem”, this will check your HDD’s filesystem for any corrupt or unusable data and fixes these files. No user-data will be deleted.

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Rebuild Database

Warning : Rebuilding the database may in some case delete : Online PSN data, messages, playlists, changes on information screens, trimming information for pictures, self created albums, video thumbnails, video playback history, video resume information,registered peripherals and the HDD model and serial number. To keep your PSN data, backup your “xRegistry.sys” file in “/dev_flash2/etc/xRegistry.sys” and restore after you’ve optimized your CFW.

Rebuild Database”  which should be option 4 will rebuild the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3, rebuilding the database may take a while depending on how many games or data is installed on the internal HDD(amount of files on HDD).

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F.A.Q : My PS3 is stuck or froze during the rebuild database?
Answer: Try again a few times, if the problem persists one possibility is your hard drive is failing. Make backups of everything you can now. Then try to rebuild the database again. If that still doesn’t fix your issues. Try doing a complete backup to a external hard drive and wipe your PS3 clean with the “Restore PS3 System” option.

Update Game Managers

Games are still freezing, lagging or returning to XMB you could try updating or using another “Game Manager”, some managers have troubles with different kind of CFW releases so always try to keep the loader up to date. Here is a list of popular loaders:

* Multiman
* Gaia Manager
* Iris Manager
* Rogero Manager

(Make sure you download the right version for your CFW)

Other solutions

* Try with only 1 HDD connected, some Firmwares or game managers may have problems with multiple external HDD’s.

* Try removing some data, PS3 HDD’s tend to have troubles when over halfway full.

* Try enabling BD-emulator in your game manager (should be enabled for each game separately).

* The CFW you installed may be an early release or unstable, you could try another CFW using THIS tutorial(Ferrox, Habib, Darknet, Rogero,  Rebug…)

* To keep your PS3 running smooth, it’s recommended to follow these steps every few months especially when having many game backups installed on the internal drive.

2 thoughts on “Fix Common PS3 CFW Freezing or Lagging Problems

  1. This did not help me. Nobody can help me.
    How come every problem I have I find a solution that works for everyone else but me.
    When I’m at the home menu my PS3 starts to lag then it freezes

    • A lagging ps3 can have a lot of different causes, like software/hardware/age of hdd/ or even being too hot can make it lag, i have posted the most common causes/solutions. I’m sorry it did not fix your problem.

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