[Answered] Launch PS3 60gb acting oddly, won't start help?
I recently grabbed a launch PS3, 60gb CECHA01. it wouldn't run, but had a seemingly obvious problem. As it turns out the easy to fix problem was anything but.
Connected to a TV via HDMI and powered on. After about 5 seconds the unit goes back to standby.
Entered recovery menu. Option 2 gave me an error that the hard drive wasn't accessible. Tried option 5 to reformat. Got error 800102b. Followed a tutorial explaining how to repartition the drive then reinstalled it. Still returns to standby 5 seconds after powerup.
Tried all options on the recovery menu, one by one. Each seems to complete but the unit still returns to standby 5 seconds after powering on.
Pulled the current hard drive and tried another. No change.
It seems that you have run out of all other options, and because the ps3 wants 3.56, those options are very limited. It would seem that reinstalling 3.56 is you only real option.
If you acquired this ps3 at a really low price then it probably indicates a problem that is not fixable. Try to reinstall the 3.56 firmware though as you have nothing to lose.