BF3 Back to Karkand may cause PS3 freezing problems

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The new Back to Karkand DLC expansion pack for Battlefield 3 is undoubtedly a great deal of fun and offers players a wealth of new content to enjoy, but it looks like DICE may have one serious problem on their hands as there are frequent complaints coming in about PS3 system crashes after installing the new pack.

At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be any official word from DICE regarding the problem, but we can tell you it is definitely happening in the game, as it happened to us as well, particularly on Wake Island.

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The problem at hand will see the game just freeze up at a random moment during gameplay, with no other alternative other than to give the PS3 system a hard reset. This was not happening before the Back to Karkand pack went live, leading us to believe that this is a new bug specifically attached to the DLC. We’ve heard from some of you that the freezing also occurs during the installation process as well, but that didn’t happen for us, just during in-game.

To give you an idea of some of the complaints coming in, here’s some feedback from our initial B2K problems thread that we set up the day the DLC went live.

John Ruiz – ”My system keeps on freezing when playing new maps. It has happened 10 times already.. I’ve only been able to play a full match of wake island and gulf of oman, the other 2 freeze within 1-3 min of playing time ”

Ben – ”I had to download it twice,cand on the third time it prompted to download it again, then froze and almost corrupted my PS3 hardrive. ”

Tyren Cooper – ”My download reaches about 10-20% and then it freezes, I left it for about 10 minutes and it didn’t change, I’ve noticed others have experienced this problem, upon restart my PS3 said it had corrupted software on it, what is the solution?”

Mathias Eriksson – ”I have never had any problems with BF3 on my PS3. But after installing Back to Karkand, BF3 freezes about 5-10 minutes in a game.Whats up with that? Anyone else have this problem? I have tried re-installing BF3 and Karkand pack but no luck!”

PJ Cancelliere – ‘‘So I have never had any issues with BF3 multiplayer but I downloaded the new patch and got Back to Karkland and now half the time I play I spawn without any equipment, and if I finish the game like that it freezes.”

As you can see, there also seems to be reports of PS3 systems handing out ‘corrupted messages’ after a Back to Karkand gameplay session has froze, which is particularly worrying. Again, we haven’t seen this happen to us but it looks like it is affecting a few of you.

Have you been having any crash related problems on PS3 after playing on the Back to Karkand maps? If so, does it happen on just one map in particularly or any of the new four maps? We’ll be reaching out to DICE for comment, and we’ll let you know what they say.

  • James

    i had no problem at all, left it to download and came back and installed it , no probz than i was searching and all the b2k maps servers were full so i had to wait it off and after 10mins i joined a lobby , gotta say i love wake island :) and the new jets.

    • Johndingley

       this game and the update is total crap – i will not be buying any battlefield anything any-more. i tried 6 times before the back to kirkland would download as the ps3 froze each time – finally it completed on the 6th attempt and then the install froze at 90 percent – the only place for this game is the bin!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSLW3QOWAENCJNSHJO5RGHFSSE john

    i think it is ps3 os 4.00 as since i installed this batman and uncharted have also crashed my console where before they were ok

  • Tom

    I downloaded it on PS3 yesterday (no problems on downloading it, but was download speed was slow), played the Karkand maps for about 3 hours, only had one time where it froze my PS3, when I was entering a match on Wake Island. So I think the issues maybe individual rather than general.

  • PS3 CAN BLOW ME

    Goood thats waht ps3 players deserve =D

  • Eric

    I had similiar experiance with a DLC (for another game) a few months back where it would not download. reset, and reformatted my HDD out of desperation but still was having the same problem.. In the end I replaced my HDD.. before the DLC my PS3 was fine.. low level format the original HDD and scanned it, all seemed fine but still seems flakey.. i’ve converted it as an ext HDD for my kids shows..

  • Justin

    I’m also finding that since only some of the players have the expansion, lot’s of games are only half full. 

    EA – you need to give the expansion to everyone, or no one.

  • Axgarr

    My friend PS3 got frozen during the install process of the dlc, but not in-game freezes, and I havent had freezes at all

  • Walker-lee6

    Downloaded the b2k dlc and it installed fine but when I go on to single player campaign and load my game the screen just goes blank and I have to reset my system. Worked fine before the update and dlc.

  • Jamesreich

    Mine gets about halfway through the download then freezes.

  • User1

    this is bs. tried downloading all night last night and tried today and still same issue! freezes half way through have to restart the PS3 and then it says the HDD might be corrupted

  • Guedt

    Has frozen several times when flying attack helicopters on the new dl. Karkand maps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000202639572 Chris Longpointlessmiddlename

    i personally think its because of the new ps3 update that was just released. because battlefield has been doing it and so has skyrim and its all been after that update.

    • Jc_13_jc

      Yea iv had issuses with skyrim and BF3 since the update as well.

    • Bburron0488

      the official ps3 headsets also started bugging out after the update!

  • Aztecguy89

    Its been freezing on me too and I have to do a hard reset on my PS3. Not only that when it does let me play on the new maps I found a new bug. If I use the new unlockable weapons like the QBU sniper rifle, my characters arms are waaaay above my head as if the camera was now in my stomach and I cannot use my primary at all due to the fact the my crossairs are no where in my view. They need to patch this quick!

  • Xzentric101

    same thing with me, I tried to download the new maps, it reached about 30%, then it froze. Hard reset and tried again but now this time it froze on 89%…

  • jah42

    First time tried downloading through the in-game store and it froze while trying to calculate space for background download. Reset and got possible corruption message, PS3 scanned hard drive and everything was fine. Deleted corrupt download from queue and downloaded through proper PS3 store and everything fine since.

  • Leeps011

    ive tired downloading the map pack many times and it freezes at 60% every time im about to give up on it

  • U mad?

    That’s what you get for the greedy lawsuit. You get an unfinished product because you didn’t take what you were offered.

    • d0mo

      1. That’s what you get for the greedy lawsuit? If EA purposely wanted this to occur, then EA would be just digging itself a grave. 
      2. “You didn’t take what you were offered.” – EA already previously announced the DLC Back to Karkland early release purchase, and poorly tossed out an excuse to use this as a cover-up afterwards. Also, EA “offered” Battlefield 1943 with the purchase of Battlefield 3, so before you start being insolent, consider both sides first.If anyone’s being greedy, it’s the company that decides to not keep its promises while profitting off of the consumers. 

    • d0mo

      1. That’s what you get for the greedy lawsuit? If EA purposely wanted this to occur, then EA would be just digging itself a grave. 
      2. “You didn’t take what you were offered.” – EA already previously announced the DLC Back to Karkland early release purchase, and poorly tossed out an excuse to use this as a cover-up afterwards. Also, EA “offered” Battlefield 1943 with the purchase of Battlefield 3, so before you start being insolent, consider both sides first.If anyone’s being greedy, it’s the company that decides to not keep its promises while profitting off of the consumers. 

  • Angry

    I had to download the 1.02 update again and it won’t even let me install that without an error code.  The Karkand pack will download but will also not install giving me the same error code after about 5%.  This has been going on for days now and I can’t even get it to install any way I have tried.

  • Scoopdaug

    Didn’t have any issues downloading B2K but today I’ve realised everytime I try to play TDM on one of the new maps it freezes.  This wasn’t happening before, actually it was great.

  • On_a_shedfull

    What a joke… I have downloaded the expansion pack but I can now no longer play any form of the game!  Every time I try to start a game it just crashes!  My copy of BF3 is totally unplayable!  When are they going to fix this mess!?

  • On_a_shedfull

    What a joke… I have downloaded the expansion pack but I can now no longer play any form of the game!  Every time I try to start a game it just crashes!  My copy of BF3 is totally unplayable!  When are they going to fix this mess!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-Ortiz/100001140494117 Christian Ortiz

    Try a different game mode and see if u can play. I played Rush on the new maps perfectly, but today as soon as i got to the loading screen to choose my outfitting i hit spawn and would freeze on me. This only happens on the new maps and this was on TD.

  • streaky

    start playing all good…..then loose all weapons only have access to run around and get shot!!! i can still use vehicles but nothing else … never had probs until kark download…not good

  • frozen

    my has frozen probably 10 times the past 2 days. disappointed

  • PIssed

    Yup, frozen. Hardcore and/or regular server. Happens everyday at least twice and it is not specific to map other than I am on B2K!

  • AnnonymousDude

    I just downloaded this… played 2 matches… bam… freeze

  • Lukebailey86

    Easy solution people…. Get an xbox. Skyrim and now battlefield. Not good enough

    • Somedude

      This happens on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC as well…. Not good enough

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mujibar-Sirajul/892730276 Mujibar Sirajul

      Buying a different console and a second copy of the game is not an “easy solution” because it’s not a solution at all.  I wish you idiots would make making stupid suggestions.

  • Chris

    Every time I try to resume the campaign it freezes. Black screen is all I get. Game no longer playable. I want $$$ back.

  • Josh Santiago8423

    sighn out of ur online account before installing the DLC pack, i was just automaticlly sighned out and the installation started installing again it was at 55% but now is at 100%, hopefully it works after this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mujibar-Sirajul/892730276 Mujibar Sirajul

    This happens on PC as well.  I haven’t been able to finish a single round of Karkand today.

  • ANTHONY D’ROZARIO

    i have tried to install the patch 1.02……I get a message saying that there is not  the 444 mb required on the hard disk….I have 40 GB PS3….surely some pics have not taken up 40gb of space for the patch to not download…..is anyone else having the issue ? Are there fixes ?

  • streaky

    ea what is going on… not been able to play karkand propper since last sat!!!!! this freezes that freezes i am gettin pissed off!!!!!! spoke to sony on thurs…..we dont know they said’ we havent had any complaints RUBBISH

  • Raiderbeater

    DON”T DOWNLOAD! It freezes mine to! If they say no complaints they are complete liars!

  • streaky

    my whole system f***** had to clear the lot!!!!! had trouble free gaming for years… until karkand.Now it has ruined something inside . Not happy…. looks like new console

  • Luiscepeda

    it happen to me in the support role, im quick that role and play fine, no more crash so far, is mg33 the most common crash i got.

  • Fielddb375

    All maps after my first death, and a loud boom ex: a tank shell blowing up near me.

  • BavEagle

    Had more than 20 system-freezes in a row at Karkand-maps 2 days ago and only could do hard-reset of my PS3 …new download of B2K did not help …after few hours i could play, but in the last match suddenly i could not do anything any longer than run around and spot enemies, nothing else worked …tried a new session today, but every time loading a B2K-multiplayer-match, i got only a black-screen with loading-symbol, had to leave the whole game by XMB and restart BF3 …we tried a random maingame-map by quick-start-option and could play this match, but got no statistic-sreen after this match and while the others could play the next map “Metro”, my BF3 hang up again with black screen and loading-symbol …i restored my file system now ’cause PS3 told me at “Recovery Menu” it’s corrupted (new PS3 Slim bought together with and only for BF3 at release-date of BF3), deleted BF3-game-data and reinstalled BF3 …hope it will help …but i think, the problem is the BF3-BR-Disc ’cause when i removed it 2 weeks ago, it took some time and tries till my PS3 detected the disc when i put it back into the PS3 …seems there are some defective charges of BF3-discs …if not, hope, Dice will fix this bug soon …best regards & thx for your support, BavEagle

  • C_oxy_911

    bf3 was perfect until the new expansion hard reset corrupt files even formatting dont work all my other games are fine i got that frustrated after 4 hours reinstalling everything but i lost most other game data saves and it happened again i smashed my ps3 i cant be assed with it no more

  • Phets

    My download looked like it had frozen, turned controller off and on (holding PS button) seemed to resolve it though could easily have been a coincidence.

  • streaky

    when is this gonna get sorted? had to buy new ps3 today!!! its been a week since being able to bf3 properly   im not amused…ea / dice SORT THIS OUT!!! im not going to put bf3 on new consol think im goin to go mw3 instead

  • Monkeykoala

    Having the same issue in that I’ve had to re install update 1.02 it downloads fine but when installing freezes at 99%! Left it for half an hours in the end I gave up.

    Any one know of a fix?

  • Thanhnguyen1020

    I dunno why , but once I got the update , my bf3 gameplay go straight into standard definition and no longer high def.. Why is that ?

  • http://twitter.com/Jeremy2788 Jeremy Ritchey

    When I try to download in background when downloading Back to Karkand, the system freezes. When I didn’t click download in background and just let it do its thing, after 40 minutes of going fine, it froze with 4 seconds left on the download…. =/

  • Hbp4

    My BF3 game worked fine even after installing back to Karkand, but after also installing the “warfare pack” second smaller addon it started crashing particularly on wake island. Also after deleting and reinstalling everything the MG36 gun is raised above your head in game and can not aim or look down sights. Not to mention it still crashes. Finally after messing with the MG36 the problem is fixed if you spawn with the gun in your own deployment at the start of game will start timer is still counting down. This fixes the gun problem. Although the game is still crashing. I am reinstalling just bf3 and back to Karkand and not the warfare pack to see if if it stops crashing. This will verify something is wrong with the second smaller addon.

    • Garf

      did u find success with  not installing the physical warfare pack… plaz let me know!

  • Hbp4

    Okay so. After doing a full system restore formatted the ps3 (6hrs). Redownloaded and reinstalled everything except the warfare pack. Found out the game is still crashing now on maps where did not crash before. Long story short for me this started happening after warfare pack install and not after B2k install therefore I thought it was the warfare pack and not the expansion pack. But after playing without the warfare pack it’s still freezing. Therefore it’s something wrong with the B2K expansion pack. On a side not my MG36 is working properly not raised above head like it was for some people and myself. So atleast that’s fixed. But the game is becoming more and more unstable freezing usually when i am trying to spawn in. DICE please fix this it’s an awesome game but really annoying to have to restart the ps3 all the time.

  • BavEagle

    as i told you 4 days ago… i restored my file system ’cause PS3 told me at “Recovery Menu” it’s
    corrupted (new PS3 Slim bought together with and only for BF3 at
    release-date of BF3), deleted BF3-game-data and reinstalled BF3… but did not help, still getting whole BF3-freeze every time joining any MP-match… but it’s confirmed now, got one of the defective BR-disc-charges ’cause if i’m using the old “dish liquid”-trick, BF3 is working… very strange thing: before B2K there was only one time my PS3 did not detect the disc, since B2K disc is loading menu but freezes while loading MP-maps :-S so i can’t play MP any longer without pretreatment of the disc before (new PS3 and BFBC2 is working perfect) …hope i will get exchange by my dealer and hope the trick will work meanwhile to play at Christmas season.

    So there are a lot of very daffy things, but they all wouldn’t be
    this annoying if “playing with friends” would be fun and easy. We
    were used to play with friends, but since “playing with friends has
    never been this easy” we are coerced to play without friends. That’s
    what friends are for ?
    Dear DICE, playing without VOIP is playing
    without friends. Friends will stay friends, that’s what friends are for,
    a game just can be a part of it, so maybe friends will look for other
    games if you don’t want to get them party. Please fix the VOIP, but it’s your “dice”… ;-)

    Thanks for your support and cozy Christmas @ all

  • Hbp4

    Hey guys so now a friend told me he changed the orientation of his ps3 from vertical to horizontal and this stopped his freezing. I tried and this and after playing for about 2 hours hasn’t crashed yet. I will post back if it does. But for now this has seemed to fix the problem. Also the ps3 is brand new and never froze before bf3 b2k. Something with the update and possibly the disc laser. On another note the mg36 gun is still doing the weird hands above your head thing only on new maps. Unless you spawn with it and the timer is still counting down at start of game.

    • Hbp4

      Sorry I was mistaken on new maps the gun (mg36) is still above my head even if I spawn in with it at start if game only on old maps is it working.

    • Hbp4

      After playing for three hours first new map game sharqi peninsula the game froze.

  • Dwebb937

    Yup , Just Started Happening to me !
    this is messed up.. I have the limited edition..
    never had any problems till now..
    froze twice in a row in game new maps..
    now even at the menu screen bf3 turns off my ps3!? :( Nooo !

  • Dwebb937

    Also have some the Hansd Above ur head Gun issues

  • Hbp4

    This an update my game is still freezing but seems like its only on the new maps. Froze on sharqi pennusila while spanning in on an ongoing game.

  • Count Raven

    Yeah some time when i turn my ps3 on and click bf3 to play it goes to load then it freezes up and i have to reboot my ps3 to get it to work. its starting to piss me off and i hate to say this but if it dont stop im selling my bf3 cheap and that going to be the end of me playing a stupid game that none of the people who made it who have cashed in care to help it seems..

  • BavEagle

    Same to me, tried everything to get BF3 working, but nothing helped. Also after complete reinstallation, reset of PS3-BR-drive and cleaning/pretreatment of BR-disc before playing, BF3 is now freezing every time i want to join or start a multiplayer-game, at the latest when i made it into a match. This happens since release of B2K, my own network is working perfect, PS3 is also brand new and BFBC2 is running perfect, too. So EA & DICE are coercing me to quit playing BF3.
    I will try to get exchange by my dealer, but if it stays the same after, i only can tell DICE…
    i was a former loyal customer and loved Battlefield, but i was a fool to rely on their quality and customer support. If it will come like this, this was my last EA-game for sure ’cause they weren’t able to keep “playing with friends easy and funny” (VoiP still isn’t fixed) and they lost their high standard.
    Sorry DICE, you missed the point and doing just pecayunish fixes without being interested in real problems of your players will not keep your former community alive.

  • BattleFieldbtw

    The Wake Island freeze isn’t just on PS3. I am running the PC version and lose every second game to a freeze with random timing :-(

  • S K

    Not sure of a connection or not… My original 60gb 5 year old PS3 died while downloading the expansion pack and is in the shop now for the yellow light of death.  Never had one problem in 5 years.  Went out tonight and bought a pre-owned 120gb slim, first thing I did was dl the expansion pack and guess what: that PS3 is dead now too and already back at the store.  Got another slim but I’m not going to touch the expansion pack until I can talk to EA on the phone first.

  • Guardian21078

    Mine freezes the PS3 during the Back to Karkland Update at 10-15% dowload and I have to do a hard shut down.

  • Daddydadd24

    No freezing here.  Just cant play campaign it gives me an error, “lost connection to ea server”  WTF?????

  • Daddydadd24

    How do you delete Back to Karkland off your ps3 hard drive?

  • Screwthisshit

    First : I download the back to karkand pack and it failed to install and says ‘error occurred’ 80010038′

    Second : I reformat my harddisk and manage to solve the back to karkand island, but when i install the patch 1.02 for BF3, the game cant even start and says  ‘error occurred’ 80010038′. WTF.Third : The downloading time for the patch and back to karkand is taking F***king longFourth : Finishing each round but can’t exit to menu, i thought this was supposed to be fixed?Fifth : Freeze very often, very unstable.

  • BavEagle

    @ Daddydadd24: to delete B2K at your PS3, you have to delete the main game (saved data of BF3) and reinstall BF3. If you want to, you can keep your BF3 game data to keep your profile data (perhaps essential to keep campaign-achievements) ’cause without PSN-Plus-account there’s now no possibilty to backup any longer.@ all: BF3 freezes still every time i’m starting or joining a Multiplayer-game while loading of any map. As told before, determined disc-errors at loading-processes, so waiting for disc-exchange by my dealer now and hope this will help… hope springs eternal ;-)

  • Marcelino Mtorres Torres

    Hey guys I need help. I didn’t play bf3 for awhile and today I put it in my ps3. It says I need to update to version 1.02. So I click update and it starts loading. When I check to see the progress it says an error has occurred. I’ve retried it 2 times and I’m on my third. Any suggestions?

  • BavEagle

    @ Screwthisshit: “error 80010038″ is caused by corrupted file system, so you are just the next one who’s file system got corrupted by daffy BF3 (think, you had to hard-reset your PS3 ’cause of freezes often, too). Use “Recovery Menu” of your PS3 to restore your file system, thumbsup it will help ;-) ———- @ Marcelino: same error ? then please use “Recovery Menu”, too. If not: download of B2K most times only works at PSN-Store (not ingame-store), Download of Update may fail ’cause of lost server-connections, perhaps of some background-maintenance but more likely ’cause of overcharges during holiday season. Try again and good luck *thumbsup* ———-@ all: BF3 still freezes while map-loading every time joining or starting Multiplayer-game (black screen, only loading-symbol). Anybody else having this problem ? perhaps also noticed disc-loading-errors before or while having this problem ? Thx & Happy New Year

  • killer

    no problems here….i have the 60 gb ps3. (the real ps3)

    • jay

      is there a fake ps3… kid?

  • ninja

    my ps3 freezes when loading map mostly the maps from expansion pack…cant use mg36 on the new maps. Why are they not  FIXING the damn problem. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/janhusar Jan Husar

    mine freezes while trying to download the DLC, tried it couple of times, it ranges from 3% to 78%, I left the PS3 for an hour if it will resolve, nothing, the controler didn’treact even, had to reboot it quiet some times and now I’m getting corrupted files. Haven’t seen something like this before

    • BavEagle

      think, you downloaded the DLC at ingame-store, this still does not work in the majority of cases, so we have to download the “B2K”-DLC at the PSN-store (takes about 15 minutes and it works). Maybe you will get in same trouble now, too, ’cause of corrupted files, hopefully not, but see my next reply…

  • http://www.facebook.com/janhusar Jan Husar

    funny that after posting this the background download somehow manage to pull it out, now I’m installing, hopefully I won’t encounter the freezes which you guys had

    • BavEagle

      if you should encounter freezes ’cause you once got corrupted files, i found out a workaround yesterday… [1.] delete all BF3-data including profile-data [2.] restore PS3-”file system” at PS3-”Recovery Menu” (perhaps it’s good to restore “default settings” before, too) [3.] reinstall BF3 without B2K [4.] start BF3, setup all configurations and play 1 or 2 multiplayer-matches [5.] leave game and download B2K at PSN-store [6.] start BF3 again and play 1 or 2 B2K-matches …that’s all and you won’t lose any achievements, BUT don’t join matches of friends, use the “Server Browser” to start any match. BF3 worked fine at my PS3 after doing this workaround until i joined a match of a friend, promptly i got the next freeze again and ’cause it takes very long to do this whole workaround (especially doing all the weapon-setups again) hopefully i got no corrupted files again. It sucks and talked with EA yesterday, but there’s no real solution for this issue at the moment :-(

  • Jewologist

    So, is there still no word on fixing this, or what? I’m pretty pissed off that I have to download the entire B2K pack again just because it froze at 50% while installing. Plus, this expansion seems to take a ridiculously long time to download. I’ve downloaded larger files in less time.

    • BavEagle

      If you encountered freezes while installing, presumably you got a corrupted file system now, too. Please read my answer to Jan Husar below to fix it …and use the PSN-store to download B2K (see my other former reply to Jan Husar). Yes, download-time is ridiculous, BUT if you encounter any disc-errors while installing, loading the game etc. read my following reply to Derpa ! Hope it helps

  • Derpa

    Mine froze up at 93% and then let me play for a round then froze. Deleted the 1.02 update and re-downloaded it and same thing every time gets stuck at 93%, system crashes and now I’m stuck in an install loop and cant even play BF3 anymore.

    • BavEagle

      Sorry Derpa, same happened to me and a friend and perhaps you can fix it with my workaround, see my reply to Jan Husar below concerning a corrupted file system, BUT… seems you got a BF3-disc of the defective charges, too. So if you encountered any disc-errors while installing, loading the game or anytime, then please DON’T use your BF3-disc any longer, get exchange by your dealer. It happened to me and my friend, we both noticed heavy disc-errors and they became worse the longer we tried to play BF3 (also after we reinstalled the whole game a few times). At the end we couldn’t play BF3 anymore, too, and both PS3 “died”, they aren’t detecting any disc now any longer. And no, our Playstations had no bearing on this issue, they we’re brand new and worked fine with any disc before (we also can notice the same disc-errors when we are trying to use the BF3-disc at other PS3)… so defective BF3-discs killed our BR-drives. Hopefully we will get exchange now. So please don’t use your BF3-disc any longer if you notice any disc-errors, get disc-exchange by your dealer.

  • Derpa

    Mine froze up at 93% and then let me play for a round then froze. Deleted the 1.02 update and re-downloaded it and same thing every time gets stuck at 93%, system crashes and now I’m stuck in an install loop and cant even play BF3 anymore.

  • CD

    This Battlefield 3 problem is a real let down.

    So is the horrendous spelling on many of these posts!

  • Anonymous

    I have an issue on my ps3 regarding gulf of oman, it freezes the system on load. every time. without fail.

    EA CS is dogshit too. not exactly selling points for a $15.99 expansion pack.

  • Curtis

     I didn’t pre-order BF3. So now my total monetary commitment with expansion is 85.99$ CDN.

    Every game I load up on BF3 since the patch freezes within 5 minutes of me starting the match. If it doesn’t freeze, I start out with no guns/equipment and can only run around and hide. Then if I quit match the game freezes at the loading screen.

    The game is virtually unplayable, and after being on tech support for two hours last night, I managed to play one solid game successfully. After I said thank you to the tech guy and hung up, about 5 minutes later the game froze.

    I’m really, really disappointed that I have to call them again today. I just want to enjoy the product that I’ve purchased with my hard earned money.

    • BavEagle

      Hi Curtis, presumably you got a corrupted file system by installing B2K, this happens very often *@!?$ …so try my workaround: [1.] delete all BF3-data including profile-data [2.] restore PS3-”file
      system” at PS3-”Recovery Menu” (perhaps it’s good to restore “default
      settings” before, too) [3.] reinstall BF3 without B2K [4.] start BF3,
      setup all configurations and play 1 or 2 multiplayer-matches [5.] leave
      game and download B2K at PSN-store (ingame-store mostly isn’t working accurately) [6.] start BF3 again and play 1 or 2
      B2K-matches …that’s all and you won’t lose any achievements. BUT if you encountered any disc-errors while installing, loading the game etc. DON’T use your BF3-disc any longer, get exchange by your dealer. See my answer to Derpa below concerning this issue.

      • BavEagle

        uuups, sorry for the fragmented paragraphes, did some copy & paste of a former answer ;-)

  • Huxy88

    I have being having issues with the maps not loading at all i get to the loading screen and it wont go any further than that i have even tried loading a campaign mission and still get the same problem has any one had issues with this ????

    • BavEagle

      Hi Huxy, me and a friend had exactly the same problem and most likely you got a corrupted file system, too. For a short time we could fix it by using my workaround… [1.] delete all BF3-data including profile-data [2.] restore PS3-”file system” at “PS3-Recovery Menu” (perhaps it’s good to restore “default settings” before, too) [3.] reinstall BF3 without B2K [4.] start BF3, setup all configurations and play 1 or 2 multiplayer-matches [5.] leave game and download B2K at PSN-store (ingame-store mostly isn’t working accurately) [6.] start BF3 again and play 1 or 2 B2K-matches …by doing this workaround we could play again BUT we encountered the same issue again shortly (the same happened when i tested the BF3-disc at my other PS3) and you won’t believe, even the BR-drives of our both brandnew Playstations got damaged. I talked with a few EA-supporters and they told me, it’s a defective BF3-disc. Unfortunately i can’t tell you better news ’cause i’m waiting for the exchange-disc at the moment. So to prevent your PS3 being “killed” by BF3, please get exchange of your BF3-disc, too.

  • Nick326

    ya its been happening to me too i kept having freeze in random points online i even went as far buying a new battlefield thinking it was the disk and i did a soft reset and then it didnt work then i did the 7 1/2 hour hard reset and now it freezes when i start to re-dowload the map pack, this is ridiculous!

    • BavEagle

      Hi Nick, this is really ridiculuos *@!?$ …and sorry, can’t believe it^^ You already got a new BF3-disc ? Did you delete all BF3-data without fail (including profile-data etc) before trying the new disc ? It seems, your PS3 got a corrupted file system, too, by installing BF3 and so only a complete reinstallation could fix this issue. Also ingame-store isn’t working accurately, so you have to download the B2K-dlc at the PSN-store, once download froze, perhaps the whole installation got corrupted again. This is so ridiculous and i already told the EA-support about but there’s no real solution to fix this issue. Also my workaround will not help in all cases and according to the experiences of me and my friend (see answer to Huxy below), i’m now thinking about not playing BF3 any longer ’cause i don’t want to lose another PS3 getting killed by BF3 *@!?$

  • Fred

    My ps3 locks up about 1/3 of the time on the new Karkand maps, right when I select a spawn location.  I get the black loading screen with flashing cursor, then it locks. 

    Additionally, on the Karkand maps the MG36 seems bugged.  I run around with the MG36 held up above my head, with my arms in the way, so I can’t see anything.  Sometimes switching to a non-MG36 for a little and then switching back seems to toggle it back.

    In short, if a Karkand map comes up in the rotation I just leave.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000092493015 Mike Idasiak

    since B2K everytime i enter a server on Battlefield 3 the screen goes black, i need to restart the Ps3 (by turning off the power in the back) and restart after around 3-4 tries i get in a game. After three or four rounds the game gets the same black screen while loading the game up help please

    • BavEagle

      Hi Mike, presumably you got a corrupted file system by installing B2K, too. Many people could fix it by using my workaround… [1.] delete all BF3-data including profile-data [2.] restore PS3-”file system” at “PS3-Recovery Menu” (perhaps it’s good to restore “default settings” before, too) [3.] reinstall BF3 without B2K [4.] start BF3, setup all configurations and store them by loading Battlefeed or playing a multiplayer-match (not B2K) [5.] leave game and download B2K at PSN-store (ingame-store mostly isn’t working accurately) [6.] start BF3 again and play 1 or 2 B2K-matches …that’s all, you won’t lose any achievements by doing this workaround, can play BF3 again but will encounter infrequent freezes anyway cause of EA-servers. BUT if you will notice heavy freezes often again and disc-errors later… Me and a friend encountered the same issue shortly after the workaround (the same happened when i tested the BF3-disc at my other PS3) and even the BR-drives of our both brandnew Playstations got damaged. I talked with a few EA-supporters and they told me, it’s a defective BF3-disc. So if the problem stays the same after the workaround, then to prevent your PS3 being “killed” by BF3, please get exchange of your BF3-disc, too. I got a refurbished PS3 now, even had to do the workaround with this one, but BF3 is working now with only seldom freezes sometimes. Hope it helps you, too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000092493015 Mike Idasiak

        what about coop stats will those get reset?

        • BavEagle

          Co-op stats will not be resetted by this, but sorry, i’m not sure about campaign. Naturally you will keep the trophies and finished missions will stay registered as finished for your account, but maybe you can’t play finished missions later again and have to start with the first mission. I did not play the campaign yet, but it’s like this at BFBC2. The reason is, Sony removed the possibility to copy game data to external memory devices with their last firmware-update, now it’s only possible to copy the offline game data to a paid PSN-Plus-account. Personally i never would pay for such features, especially cause everything’s lost whenever you cancel the Plus-account. Again it’s not nice of Sony to blackmail their customers like this and it’s ridiculous, there isn’t a real data backup for the PS3.
          So if it isn’t important for you to play the campaign-missions again, you will keep all achievements and stats of your BF3-account and can do the workaround therefore you will not encounter freezes so often. I did not get one freeze the last days i was playing and hope, BF3 will work now without such problems every match.

  • Lewisjg2011

    what a waste of 50 quid

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.carlsson Martin Carlsson

    Hi!

    My game freezes too! It’s like you say, after installing B2K. Today Sony sent out a new update (4.10) and after that I cant even start the game! It freezes on the same place every time, (loading). I have now deleted the game data and I’m now downloading the huge pack again!!!

    I’ll let you know how it goes…

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.carlsson Martin Carlsson

    ok im back online…. geeeez

  • Johndingley

     this game and the update is total crap – i will not be buying any
    battlefield anything any-more. i tried 6 times before the back to
    kirkland would download as the ps3 froze each time – finally it
    completed on the 6th attempt and then the install froze at 90 percent –
    the only place for this game is the bin!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558552744 Olsen Tommy

    Just downloaded Back to Karkan and played like 6 min. Had to RS the PS3 system. What a JOKE! Back to MW3 

  • paul mahokov

    I downloaded it when first got released and had intermittent freeze ups on my ps3 went to play it last night and noticed the karkand maps not showing at all and couldnt find them on my ps3 at all so downloaded it again played for like 2 mins and froze straight up i also notice on the map with the tv station  i spawn with my recon gun qb88 i think i was using and it was being carried above my head and cant even look through the scope on it like some sort of annoying glitch, Dam annoying just have to play the maps that come with the game and forget about karkand until they sort it.

    • BavEagle

      Hi Paul, presumably you got a corrupted file system by installing B2K, too. Many people could fix it by using my workaround… [1.] delete all BF3-data including profile-data [2.] restore PS3-”file system” at “PS3-Recovery Menu” (perhaps it’s good to restore “default settings” before, too) [3.] reinstall BF3 without B2K [4.] start BF3, setup all configurations and store them by loading Battlefeed or playing a multiplayer-match (not B2K) [5.] leave game and download B2K at PSN-store (ingame-store mostly isn’t working accurately) [6.] start BF3 again and play 1 or 2 B2K-matches …that’s all, you won’t lose any achievements by doing this workaround, can play BF3 and B2K, but will encounter infrequent freezes anyway cause of EA-servers.
      Unfortunately they still didn’t fix the B2K-bug concerning MG36 and QBU-88, so you can’t use these weapons at B2K-maps. There’s an upcoming patch soon which should fix this, too.
      Hope it helps & have fun with BF3 ;-)

      • Aaa

        Stop giving the same advice as silver bullet to everyone. This game is so lame. Just to play BF3 I need to run through pain of rebuilding PS3 system? 
        Dice and EA problem. Create the patch and fix it. Or stop making games! 

        • BavEagle

          Hey, i’m just a gamer like you and trying to help other BF3-players who love the BF-series like me. So i gave the same advice repeatedly ’cause people aren’t able to read, just are complaining. And yeah, it’s not nice of EA, releasing a game having these big bugs, but it’s not DICE’s fault, they had to observe the deadline for release date. ‘Cause i’m really interested in BF3, i also got the information, they are still working to fix this issue, but it’s not easy and will take time ’cause this problem is originating from PSN and PS3-system, too.
          Personally i also could say, me and a friend got bigger problems with BF3, the BR-drives of our brand-new PS3s got damaged by the tremendous hardware-usage of BF3 and we had to exchange our PS3s to get only refurbished ones by SONY, were on the verge of never buying any EA-game again. And yes, EA is informed by us about this issue.
          Nevertheless i could notice that things got better during the last 2 months, freezes etc. became much more seldom and my workaround helped a lot of BF3-players to get BF3 working and prevent from freezes and similar problems.
          So if you aren’t really interested in the game, just want to complain without wanting help to fix your problems, then you will never realize the latest positive progress, BF3 is taking, and then just stop to play this game (even many other games aren’t perfect, too, when they got released, publishers and their deadlines are to blame for). Thanx

    • Grunt2008

       managed to get the recon gun qb88 today and yup.. it appears above my head and I cannot see it.. nor I can see through the scope… someone was able to fix this?

      • BavEagle

        No, there’s no workaround for us players to fix this, it’s still a bug we can’t adopt. This issue is concerning the QBU-88 and the MG36, even spawning with MG36 at B2K-maps often result in complete PS3-freeze. I think, DICE will fix it with the soon upcoming next patch, but i’m not sure and they really have to fix it. So i hope, they will keep working on major problems not only improving the gameplay like they will do with the next patch.

        • Grunt2008

          Bergen and BavE, thanks for the information and the tips. I will do just that :)

          É

  • Bergen

    In the meanwhile until its fixed, try to play only the BF3 maps, NOT the B2K. You go into server browser by pressing R3. Havnt had a singel freeze today.

    • BavEagle

      Good advice, Bergen, and thanks. Naturally it isn’t “nice” of Dice, these problems still exist 4 months after release of BF3, but as i said before… positive progress with upcoming patch concerning whole gameplay and they are still working to get these bugs and major problems fixed, so hope springs eternal ;-) keep playing & have fun @ all real lovers of the Battlefield-series

  • ChurrossFTW

    Today my game froze 3 x when I spawned just as the game started and it froze in the b2k maps

  • Halo2riddick

    My PS3 slim has been pampered it’s whole life. I’ve been playing BF3 since it came out and have never had a freezing issue with the game or my PS3 on any other game. When BF3 loads to the main menu, I select multiplayer and it just hangs there, indefinitely. A hard reset is the only way out, and I feel as if I’m playing Russian roulette by having to do this. Has our fearless leader left us? Do your job Dice and test your patches before release. Look at Bethesda and learn from their mistakes!

  • Luciation7

    i’m having error code 80010038.  everytime i try to download update data for my bf3 it goes all the way to 50 % and than when istalling it says file corrupted. i do have the b2k download too. what should i do so i can finally play bf3.. by the way all this started when i had a power off by my house.

  • Urbn

    I’m tired of this! Just downloaded the new patch and they say i have to re-download the expansion pack… and when i try to download it it just completely freezes!

    • guest

      same here…come on DICE – I’ve tried the karkand expansion pack about 5 times today – each time the download stalls at around 15% and the PS3 crashes. NICE.

      • scubakeefy

        yeh and you can bet the expansion packs etc you pay for dont freeze!  its about time they sorted it im sick of trying to download it again and again considering i had it installed at launch with no issues, suddenly its gone and i have to re download.  useless!

  • Ksalsbach

    Hi there my name is Karl i live in Curacao (netherlands antilles) I’ve been having the same issues when trying to download the back to karkand maps. it seems to freeze my ps3 and the only way to unfreeze it is by switching it off. when i turn it back on i get a message that my harddrive may be corrupted

  • Haha

    I have this problem too 42 percent download it freezes.and when I turn my ps3 back on it gives the corruptex.data.message