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So, a PS3 I'm repairing for a friend of mine is giving me a hard time... Apparently, there's something wrong with the software. Because it's giving me this error:

"A serious error has occured.
Contact technical support for assistance.
(8002F281)"

According do someone else, I need to downgrade the FW, and upgrade it again to OFW. But how do I downgrade it?

Sorry, I'm new to flashing...
    
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It looks like I have to know what FW is on it... I don't... Now what?
    
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E3 Flasher is a solderless downgrader, but you have to be sure that your PS3 came with lower than 3.55 fw, otherwise it'll brick your PS3. If you know how to solder you can downgrade with a flasher like Progskeet, Progskeet should be able to downgrade any version of PS3.
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Ok thanks. And what do I do if it's bricked?
    
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If it's bricked you really can't do anything. That's why if you're not sure don't use E3 Flasher.
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Don't screw around with flashing if you lack information.

You do know that the PS3 has a recovery mode? You should be able to fix a lot of problems from there, as well as flash an other FW without having to worry about the current version (not too sure about this, so google it up).

Here's a link with what I mean..
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZWye1CLTVo"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZWye1CLTVo[/ame]

EDIT: lol it loads the actual link xD
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Just a quick FYI for the OP and anyone else who reads this post..

http://www.edepot.com/playstation3.html That'll tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about a PS3.. ^^
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Originally Posted by http://www.edepot.com/playstation3.html#Super_Secrets / Super Secrets 
With the PS3 power switch in the off position, turn power switch back on while holding down Eject button. This "fan test" mode allows you to clean out the dust inside the PS3. It works for Models CECHG and higher. (Note that a plugged in PS3 Slim does not have a power switch at all and is always in standby).

The following requires the power switch in the back to be on...

Hold Power button down for 6 seconds (while PS3 is on): turns off PS3.

Hold Eject button down for 6 seconds (while PS3 is on): force disc to eject.

Hold Eject button down for 12 seconds (while PS3 is on): reset Blu-ray.

Hold Power button down for two beeps (while PS3 is off): Reset video to lowest settings.

Hold Power button down for three beeps (while PS3 is off): Enter PS3 diagnostic mode (repeat procedure twice)

Hold PS button down on controller for 10 seconds: Turns off Sixaxis or Dualshock 3.

The PS3 can enter a special "Service Mode". When it does the bottom right hand corner of the screen has a red translucent rectangle with the words "Playstation 3. Factory/Service Mode" inside of the rectangle. When the PS3 is off, plugging a special "JIG" in the USB port (and then pressing Eject immediately after pressing the Power button), the PS3 is triggered into Service Mode when it boots up. This special mode then accepts firmware code loaded in from the USB port (PS3UPDAT.PUP), and allows reflashing the firmware chip, or running programs from a USB drive.
 
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I know what the recovery mode is, thanks. The problem is, every time I do ANYTHING inside recovery mode, and recovery mode needs to access the FW, it shuts itself down... Here's the issue:

The PS3 won't properly boot up. It boots, the optical drivs does something, stops, and the PS3 shuts down on it's own... Here's a video:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v173/Bounkass/?action=view&current=IMG_2060.mp4

I opened the recovery menu;

1. Restart System - For obvious reasons, I didn't do this. No use.
2. Restore Default Settings - Did this, accepted the propmp message "Are you sure...?", screen goes black and the console shut down after approximately 20 seconds...
3. Restore File System - Did this, same as #2.
4. Rebuild Database - Did this, again, message askes me if I'm sure, yes and a message says HDD can't be accessed... Dead HDD? Maybe. Tried another, same message. Dead SATA connectors? I don't know...
5. Restore PS3 System - Did this, same story as # 4...
6. System Update - Again, for obvious reasons, no.
    
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Hi Ben,

I'm pretty sure you don't need to downgrade the PS3s OFW to upgrade it again. So, I'm guessing you are using CFW or have had a bad CFW installation.

But it LOOKs like you've now got a bad flash. In all honesty, there isn't much you can do.
Hopefully your friend learns to do a little reasearch and reading before attempting any flashing in the future. I have exactly the same situation with my PSP... It turns on, does nothing, hangs, turns off.
Lesson learnt.. :/
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What model of PS3 do you have? If you have the NAND model, all the fw is stored in the NAND. But if you have the NOR models, only the keys are stored in the NOR, part of the fw is stored in the HDD. So formatting the HDD may help.
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