I did not use a PSP emulator. I will be trying a full FAT32 and if that doesn't work I will try running seatools on it and a couple of other things. I have I will also try using another drive shortly.
Low leveling the drive did not really change anything. I also tried another drive, but it was questionable and I will have a know good drive to test shortly. I am curious, if I get an E3 reader, will it allow me to get into service mode even though I cannot boot into the gameOS environment?
Also what is the best jig device or are there better methods to gain service mode access now? If need be, I am able to make my own jig device, but I want to know what the best route is.