Some PlayStation 3 consoles suffer from Error code 80010514 “An error occurred during the start operation” if (a) the hard drive has corrupt sectors or (b) the firmware was incorrectly installed (which could be related to (a)).
The problem is a software related fault that prevents some games, if not all, from running. DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are unaffected by this problem. There is no actual fix for this problem other than installing a newer firmware update. There are some tips to prevent the problem:
- Ensure you have a stable Internet connection. If you are using a Wireless connection, ensure your signal strength is > 80%. Downloading firmware can get corrupted if the Internet connection is unstable, although an integrity check is done before installation.
- Keep your PS3 clean. Use a dry, lint-free cloth to wipe your PS3 down and hover the vents to remove any dust. This will prevent overheating and keep your PS3 running for longer.
- When installing firmware or software, ensure you follow the instructions. Taking a few extra minutes to read the instructions could save you a lot of trouble in the future. Even if you have done the same process several times, double check the instructions as they may change without warning.
If you continue to experience this error, you should contact Sony and arrange for a replacement. Sony is usually quite fast in replacing broken or damaged consoles.