I have another hard drive, the same one that had been in the unit since forever. It does the exact same thing now when it's installed as when there's NO hard drive installed - the ps3 turns off (red led) after a long pause.
I will wipe the drive and see if it behaves any differently when it sees a blank drive. This is last resort though - I took this drive out of the ps3 to hopefully preserve it
It is interesting that it is reading SOMETHING off the 2nd hard drive. enough to display video and at least try (get to 0%) and update the firmware... that tells me I may have enough to work with... That hard drive I formatted in recovery menu prior to stupidly trying the 3.50 update..
I wonder what a straight hermes 4b/pl3 boot instead of the psgrade would do? Worth a see at least.
Something's still making it shut down, on the original drive. There's no way it's on long enough to flash a firmware, if the .self file from folder 1 is even doing its job. No recovery menu on either drive so the menu must be part of firmware, or a file that was deleted and not replaced yet? Turns on, polls the hard drive, turns back off. It's really a shame I can't get into the recovery menu because as far as I know there's a copy of the firmware on the hard drive right? At least the last one.. I was on 2.76 and went to 3.01 then 3.15 then 3.41 so if it keeps old copies it could recover from there too. I've got a slew of pups to try if only I could get to that menu, or force it to flash with psgrade and the self file. I can't do either
PS3 will stay on forever with hard drive #2, just rotating the red screen back and forth. Not frozen, but that's all I can get it to do.. no matter what I have on the USB stick, teensy, or anything. It makes the beeps like it's going into recovery menu so that part is there. But no menu
I wonder if something's different because mine's a 20G fat. Too bad I don't have the ORIGINAL original 20g drive to stick in there..