I recently had a friend give me a PS3 that was not working. I turned it on and it was trying to resume a cancelled update or something. I read a few posts and tried a different hard drive. I put the new one in and it asked to format and install firmware 3.70 or higher, before I formatted I swapped out the hard drives so that it would format the old one. It reached 99% formatting and stopped. I assumed that the hard drive was bad. So I put the new one back in and went through the whole formatting process, it completed and proceeded to install firmware step after a reboot. The problem is that when it checks the firmware after the reboot it says that it is corrupted. I have tried downloading the latest firmware update (4.11) four times on two different computers and four different flash drives and I still get the same error every time, sometimes it even comes before the reboot.
I'm starting to think that it has something to do with the firmware on the nor chip (3.70 I'm assuming) and the firmware I'm trying to install or something to do with the cancelled update that I had to deal with in the first place. If you have no other suggestions, could someone link me to the 3.70 firmware update? I want to try installing that and see what happens.