First let me tell you what had happened. Error 8002f1f9, 8002f1f0 and 8002f042
My son got Modern Warfare 2 for x-mas and when I attempted to load it, it required a Firmware update that was on the CD. From what I understand, it copies the update to something on board.
Well, after it got to about 55%, it gave an error code 8002f1f9. I removed the HDD during the update the second time and it got to 99% and stopped. After a long while, it gave error 8002F042. Of course Sonys online error tool didnít have these.
I called Sony and after trying to get me into the Hidden Recovery Console, not letting it come up, Sony told me that I would have to send it in. It would cost x amount of money I dont have. The PS3 is close to a launch version and I have had no issues with it until this update. Then of course Sony tech tried to say that it was something that I did, maybe a power issue. The PS3 is on a UPS so thatís not it. I have been in the IT field for over 10 years and this guy started explaining that he knows that a Firmware update did not cause this.
All the PS3 was doing was booting into the system update and giving an error every time. Not letting me do anything but watch it error and start in the update mode over and over. Our thoughts were to clear the FLASH and loop with JTAG and load an older FIRMWARE version. But I was finally able to get into the Hidden Recovery Menu, formatted the HDD, told it to do a System Restore and it also gave an error, this time with a Serious error (no other details provided).
Thinking of anything to un-brick the PS3, I was about to give up. I took it apart thinking to get it ready for the JTAG fix BUTÖ Here is what I did instead first. I removed the battery. A little, on mine at least, blue standard battery. After that, we shorted the 2 pins on the board that the battery was connected to. DONíT SHORT THE BATTERY ITSELF. Anyway, we got the idea from working on PCs. To clear the BIOS or BOOT password and settings on some systems, removal of the CMOS battery and short the 2 battery PINS. Anyway, I left the battery unplugged and hooked everything back up to at least turn it on. It then started the system setup after a short update. It did update the version to 3.14 so I think that it was just finalizing the install. But there was nothing hanging the update at this point and started the initial system setup. Issue resolved.
I put the COD game back in and though it now requested a SOFTWARE update instead of a FIRMWARE update, it took it without any type of issues. My formally bricked system is now working and playing fine. If your PS3 is bricked by Sonys failed attempt of any update, try this first before you toss it or sell it. Then again, if you donít want to pay the cost Sony wants to look at it and it is bricked, it will not hurt you to do so. There are many places online to find instructions on how to take your PS3 apart, all I am doing is telling you what got my PS3 out of the Update loop that it was in. I was told that I should offer this fix for sell, but I will not. I will accept any and all donations through PAYPAL (ID jared9901) though if this helps you save your system.
NOTE: This should only be used if your system is OUT OF WARRENTY and you have no intention of sending it back and giving your money to SONY. I cannot and will not be held responsible for any thing that happens if you try this fix. Please note that as long as you follow the directions on taking your PS3 apart correctly and the shorting of the battery, NOTHING will happen to your system other then a possible CHEAP fix. Just donít be in a hurry taking it apart or skip steps. I have provided you with the fix, the idea of searching for instructions on how to take it apart and etc. All I am telling you is how I fixed the issue that SONY caused and refuses to admit too.