I suggest trying another HDD, from either a PS3, or blank new one.
Don't reformat your original HDD, or you might not be able to get in for any reason.
Try also option #6, system update, and reload the v3.41 firmware from a usb stick.
but if i dont format my original hdd they can see i used jailbreak if i turn it back to shop... i will try firmware update... if i try another hdd how do i format it.. fat32?
i think firware update will work... its formatting 17% now.....
everything working again.. thank you verry much garyopa.. in holland granpa is opa..
garyopa can you please post the "solution" also in the Warning topic you create ?
Was hoping someone could offer some help/advice.
Got a PS3 which someone damaged the Blu-Ray connector on the PS3 motherboard. I managed to replace this then the unit wouldn't read discs, so i ordered a new laser.
Whilst i was waiting for the laser to arrive i decided to update the firmware to 3.41 via USB memory stick.
During this process usually at 72% if i remember correctly the update fails giving the error code 8002f14e. On restarting the system the unit continually loops in the update process.
I did manage to get in to the recovery menu once by fitting a 30GB SSD SATA HDD but when i went to do a system restore the PS3 would not do it i can not remember the error message it gave. Something to do with the HDD though.
I am running out of ideas really hope someone has seen this fault and has a solution or any things i can try shouldn't try.
Thanks for the reply,
The joints on the connector looked okay when i did them will double check, (as a note i solder PCBs as part of my normal job). Way be the broken connector shorted and damaged something deeper in the PS3 motherboard.
As a side point what would the symptoms be if some one completely swapped the blu ray drive including the controller PCB. As the new laser arrived today and i can now get dics to spin up which it wouldnt do before. Would it do that if the whole drive had been swapped.
You can even use a swapped drive to unbrick a machine, in some rare cases it helps, a looping machine between 62% to 80% will unloop if you switch the drive with the wrong one until the update is finished.
If you are sure the connector is soldered correctly, try replacing the ribbon cable itself, i see that go bad myself a few times even on never opened before machines.
Just tried the cable from my main PS3 and that didnt help.
Dont have the equipment to inspect and touch up the connector solder joints at home.
So, put in the SSD HDD again to boot to the recovery menu (its the only way i can get in the actual 40GB HDD it came with wont let me in just tries to update this must stupidly come before the restore menu) and trying to update the firmware that way in case of a bad file when i originally tried to update the firmware. (it was also a very very slow speed usb memory stick i used the first time).
No lucky just stays there saying checking. tried with both HDD's (used SSD to get in the switched to the original when at the menu).
Tried to rebuid the filesystem gave me an error of 8001002B.
Think ive really goosed it now tried a restore PS3 and system turned off really quickly. Now when i turn it back on it turns on for about 30seconds then turns it's self off.
Me and my stubbornness although it now lets me in to the recovery menu with the original hard drive.
Think ive just f***ed it.