I bought an 80gb ps3 phat off ebay that was missing the blu ray drive. It came with 3.41 ofw which i attempted to update to 3.55 with a flash drive. I did not realize that you couldn't perform an update without the blu ray drive connected, and the console went into a boot loop that kept failing at 74%. To fix this i modified the ofw 3.55 pup to bypass the blu ray drive check and reformatted the hard drive using gparted. As expected the ps3 is bricked and will boot up to the xmb, but can access the recovery menu. My problem is that when i tried installing the blu ray bypass 3.55 firmware through the recovery menu it gets stuck on the "checking please wait" message for like 20 minutes followed by "a serious error has occurred. contact customer support for assistance (8002F281)". None of the other recovery menu options work either, every one of which fails to identify the hard drive or results in an error code. I'm really not sure what to try next that won't mess things up further, any thoughts?