The PS3 Devs are currently seeking someone to donate (or sell, if necessary) a PS3 Blu-ray drive that is confirmed to be dead from the v3.00 Firmware Update that Sony recently pulled.
It would also help if those who can't offer their dead drives could reply with their drive details.
For example, what type of PS3 console (CExxx number off the back) and what PS3 Firmware version that it had when it worked, and what the unit was updated to when it failed.
Note: Please be certain that the unit is v3.00 as it will be no help at all if after being found dead the drive was updated to v3.01 in attempt to fix it. Reply below if you can help us out- Thanks!
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Hmmm, I thought that 3.01 kills the drives and that's why I haven't upgraded. Should I upgrade or there's no risk now after playing lots of hours on 3.00? And don't tell me that there's no risk just to kill my drive and then send it to you Anyway, I hope someone sends a dead drive so you can let us all know afterwards what's going wrong with the version 3.00 fw.
Well, both the Devs and Sony are aware of what happened in PS3 Firmware 3.0... which is obviously why Sony updated it to 3.01 in attempt to cover up their mess.
Unfortunately I can't go into further details at this time, but hopefully if/when someone here can donate/sell a confirmed PS3 Firmware 3.00 dead drive some light can be shed publically on it shortly afterwards.
This is actually quite a big deal due to the ongoing class action lawsuit where Sony is charging people $150 to repair PS3's out of warranty that they knowingly damaged from that specific Firmware update.