It seems I've stumbled upon someone who knows what is going on so perhaps I can ask this question here and get a valid reply. Please bear in mind that I am a complete noob with this and the first time I tried to enter the scene I messed up my system and today I am going to try again using a new PS3 I got yesterday so when you give your reply, please speak to a 3 year old, not a genius otherwise I won't know anything I read
Right, so I have the original 60G PS£ and it worked 100% perfectly with 0 errors of any kind! then bought a ps3Break Dongle and attempted to install the FM from there. Unfortunately I was already on 3.6x at the time and at that time I had no idea that the FW was in any way important. Anyway, as you can expect, nothing happened except my blu ray stopped spinning. The common consensus is that my drive's lens burnt out and that I have to replace the entire drive unit to get a new lens that works...
This seems stupid to me because I know I can get the lenses separate on eBay but more importantly, the drive worked perfectly before I started messing around with the dongle. I thus believe that the drive needs to be remarried to the board but since the FW was already way beyond 3.55 I figured there was noway so I continued to use this PS3 for PSN only and thus already upgraded it to 4.0 now.
I then went and bought a slim ps3, got home and looked at the FW and found it is 3.56! Just my luck. So yesterday I traded it for a 40G slim version on 3.12. I am now busy looking at the various CFW to decide which one to download to join the scene.
Anyways, after spending all that cash on buying a new PS3, I am a (lot) short on dough but then noticed the e3 flasher that will allow me to downgrade any FW to 3.55 and I am thinking I want that. However, since yesterday I no longer need it for the second PS3 but up till yesterday my question was "Do I put it on my new ps3 so I can have a modded device on CFW or do I use it on the original with ps2 support and try to fix the drive". I now want to do the latter.
My question is this:
If I now get the e3 flasher and install it on the original PS3, is it possible to remarry the drive or do you agree that the whole unit needs replacing? The thing that bothers me with replacing the entire drive is the fact that if it is in deed a software fix that is required, won't the new drive have the exact same remarrying problem?
On the other hand, the drive worked perfectly until that very morning then stopped working after the messing around with CFW so I believe the drive to be fine, but even with constant OFW updates, the drive never got fixed during the updates so... does FW updates automatically update BD FW or is that a separate process?
Basically, I don't know whether a hardware or software fix is required. I don't know how to determine which and in the case of software I have no idea what I need or what the process is. Each time I find someone saying anything about marrying the drive, they give 2 sentences mentioning it and that is that so I really have no info on that either.
I did see a guy on youtube fix his ps3 with the exact same problem as mine, using a few dongle replacements and reboots but it stated something about os 2.x and as I understand it, downgrading FW of any level is impossible (or is that impossible on anything OFW or only FW over 3.55???)
anyways, if you could please help me to get my PS3 fixed I would be eternally grateful!
I forgot to mention. Going into the service mode menu and selecting restore filesystem it does report that my filesystem is corrupted and downloads/installs the fix. When I try doing it again directly afterwards it says the same again. Not sure if that is in any way relevant but I thought I'd mention it anyways