This guide will show you how to manually update your playstation 3 by downloading update file on Mac or Windows Computer and updating using a USB drive.One of the drawbacks of System Update on PS3 is that it doesn’t have resume support.Something like the digital version of Uncharted 3 will eat up a huge chunk of an older PS3's HDD.It's very easy to upgrade the hard drive yourself though.I do not have access to a comp atm, this is from my ps3. It still hangs at character load though, so nothing accomplished.i updated the 1.03 patch right after i got the 1.02 and the moment it was signing on it froze. took the ethernet port out and i can play offline just fine. This is fine8) press triangle to change characters, and then just hit circle to return to the previous screen9) select "more" then "export save" once again, and this time it should go through successfully.Router = Asus AC66UHooked up to a Linksys gaming adapter via cat 5, and using the DS4 via usb. Don't ask me why this works, but I tried a few combinations of everything until this finally pushed it through.Therefore, you have to restart from the beginning in case download fails in between.Secondly, since update cannot run in the background(not even the download) your Play Station can’t be used during this time.
The port forwarding fixed the issue, and I can play online just fine. I had to disconnect a forwarding protocol for xlive (thinking a controller on another pc, as we don't HAVE a 360 in the house) to be able to forward port 3074, but now it works.
We are currently investigating the issue, and will be sure to update you as soon as more information becomes available. Game runs fine UNLESS on PSN, then constant hangs at character load.
In the meantime, you may want to try the following troubleshooting step which was offered here.1. Click more options and select export save -- It'll prompt you to sign in, do that, you might get an error that says the diablo servers are busy, (this may take several attempts). At least it's not asking for me to update my save data now? I was having the same issues, but got it to work using this method: 1) sign out of psn2) start up the game3) do the update if you haven't yet for 1.034) STAY SIGNED OUT OF PSN5) select "more" then "export save"6) now it will prompt you to sign in to psn, sign in7) a message will pop up saying that it's exporting, but will probably fail to connect to the server.
After you successfully export the save, I would sign out of psn before doing anything else to avoid further freezes and crashes.
No online play, but you can still play offline until the problem is resolved.