I have a ps3 that was in an update loop, i managed to break the loop but now i cant install any updates or get to xmb. I can get to the restore menu but everything either throws an error or does nothing. It's is or was on 3.15 OFW and is lacking a bluray drive. Any help would be appreciated as I am at my wits end over this.
I have done this multiple times and several different ways including scanning for bad sectors and it didn't find any then I wrote all 0's to the drive and put it back into the PS3, still stuck on checking.
Hobodozer, you have two solutions that you can do.
1. The best way. Connect any blu-ray drive (loan it from a friend? Buy a new one?) to your PS3 and update. It does not have to be married.
2. The easier way. Install a blu-ray checks removed firmware via option 6 from the recovery menu. It stays on "checking for update" for a long time, since it tries to look for an update on a blu-ray disc. Wait it out. It will probably take around 30-60 minutes, but eventually it will recognize the update on the USB. You can then proceed with updating.