I have been looking all over the internet for a solution to my problem, and this page is the closest thing I could find, although you are discussing an older FW version.
The FW version I have on my PS3 right now is 2.80, and at the time of writing this, the latest version available is 3.01. It was only yesterday (10/13/09) that I started getting error 8002A212 when trying to sign onto PSN. Before that, the proxy server trick using PS3 ProxyServer GUI was working great.
I tried several different "spoof" text files. Here is the one that I was using all along and only recently stopped working:
Then I tried this one, which tries to say that 2.80 IS the latest version available:
And finally, below is the "real" version from Sony. When I tried this one, then doing an internet connection test with the ProxyServer running, it gives me the same message as if I was not running a proxy server (that a new update is available), instead of giving me error 8002A212.
Can anyone tell me anything current about this proxy server issue that hasn't already been discussed with the prior FW versions?
NOT updating my firmware to version 3.01 for me is not only by choice but necessity!! I have read too many reports of Blu-Ray drives failing as a result of FW 3.01, especially for my model# & manufacture date (CECHA01, January 2007).
Just have a look at this thread for evidence of why I CAN'T risk to update now:
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Any workarounds or suggestions at this point are welcome! Please help!