This is my first PS3 i've worked on. I mostly work on 360's.
I decided to pick up a cheap ylod PS3 the other day and fix it. I took it all apart and completed the reflow, reassembled and it booted up no problem.
While on the dashboard I decided I would connect to the PSN to setup an account. This is where I ran into trouble. It asked me to update to a new dashboard version(i think 3.56). I'm not entirely sure but I think the original dashboard was version 3.0(or something close to that). The update got to 75% and failed giving a 8002F281 error. Everytime I restarted it would go straight to the update and always fail.
I then booted into the recovery menu and tried all of the options. none of which worked, mostly if I select "rebuild file system" or "recover PS3" the screen goes black and the system turns off after about 15 seconds.
At this point when I turn it on I don't get any video and it turns off after about 10 seconds(no yellow lights).
I have tried another SATA hdd I had kicking around and the results are only slightly different... it comes up saying that the original hdd is not present.
I have also tried putting the update on a USB under PS3/UPDATE. When I try to update that from the recovery method I see the progress bar for a split second and get error 8001002b.
At this point i'm just trying to figure if its worth continuing to work on it... or if its a lost cause. I'm hoping someone with more knowledge of the PS3 can point me in the right direction.