120gb Slim CECH-2001A Looking to downgrade to remarry Blu-Ray Drive
Ok this is my first post here, but I have literally spent hours over the last 2 days on this site and others reading up on what everyone has to say, and has to offer, but I just need to get some things clarified. Feel free to flame away if needed! I am new to modding/tweaking PS3's but I am a very big modder/rooting/hacking person on Android phones and what not, so I'm not totally dark going into this.
I don't want to run any customized FW's, hacks or brews. I just want to remarry my logic board, and then be able to upgrade to any OFW that Sony decides to spit out.
Issue. I have a 2 year old PS3 slim, 120gb CECH-2001A that met my 3yo son and his pennies back around April 2011 (yeah yeah I'm just now getting around to it but work has been busy!). Pennies in the drive resulted in busted gears, and a fried BMD-061 drive logic board. Ordered a new 450Rom and BMD-061, and got them all installed. Drive is now functioning properly other than it will not read DVD/BluRay/Game because it is not married to the motherboard. Now with what I would consider my reasonably good soldering skills I ended up royally F'ing up the simple "8 pin key chip remarry", so I now need to downgrade to remarry the new logic board.
I booted my system up and found it currently has a FW of 3.60. From what I read you can not downgrade from this FW. Now is that just you can't downgrade if it originally shipped with 3.60, or you can't downgrade from this PERIOD?
I ran MinVerChk and it told me my system could support 2.70, and checking on PS3DevWiki I find my system most likely shipped with 2.76.
At this point, I'm just trying to weigh my options as if it can be done via QA flag and a flash drive, as if I have to go a hardware mod like Progskeet I'm pondering with my spare time if it is just easier for me to just buy a new or preowned new 120gb system. Sony wants $150 (not including shipping) for me to just send them the system to "look at it".
I just need to get back to fragging my co-workers!