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PS3 Problem booting up a PS3 DECR-1400A

Ruukasu

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Hi there folks,

I got a PS£ DECR-1400A from eBay. The machine starts but on the first screen it prompts me to connect the controller through a USB cable. When doing so on the next screen it states the system software cannot be run correctly. When I download firmware 2.6 from here (260.001 DECR) https://www.psdevwiki.com/ps3/260.001_DECR, it states the data is corrupted.

Any steps I am doing wrong? How do you advice I proceed?

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What version was it running? I find that on a 1000a trying to downgrade below 3.55 will fail unless it has been downgraded to 3.55 first. They changed something in the dev updates, probably encryption related.
 

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Dump the HDD first as an .img file before booting, otherwise the data that may be left on that console (read: potential dev builds of games or other goodies) could be overwritten and lost.

A newer firmware file may help you out with your issue, but I unfortunately cannot provide any more suggestions outside of that. But when you get it working after dumping you can Rebug it and dump the EID root key.
 
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Ruukasu

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Dump the HDD first as an .img file before booting, otherwise the data that may be left on that console (read: potential dev builds of games or other goodies) could be overwritten and lost.

A newer firmware file may help you out with your issue, but I unfortunately cannot provide any more suggestions outside of that. But when you get it working after dumping you can Rebug it and dump the EID root key.

Ultra late reply, I know.

How do you suggest I dump the HDD? Remove it, connect it to a PC and dump it with some program?
 

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Ultra late reply, I know.

How do you suggest I dump the HDD? Remove it, connect it to a PC and dump it with some program?
Yes, you can dump it on a PC with HDDRawCopy. Do not initialize the hard drive as it will break the data. Just dump it as is to an .img file and do not overwrite another drive with it.
 

Ruukasu

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Ok something really weird happened. I opened up the PS3 DECR again after months in order to give it a go with the 2.60 firmware again and once I heard the power up beep and the machine was trying to access the hard drive, the YLOD came up immediately and then the red flashing light every time.

I thought to myself that this is very weird so I removed the hard drive from the caddy and powered up the machine without the HDD. The green light stayed green for around 20-30 seconds and then the yellow light came on, followed by the red one and it powered down. Not sure if the HDD is my main source of problems here or just the machine was on it's last legs.

I am now dumping the 160gb HDD through HDD RAW Copy 1.10 to an img file.
 

Ruukasu

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Yes, you can dump it on a PC with HDDRawCopy. Do not initialize the hard drive as it will break the data. Just dump it as is to an .img file and do not overwrite another drive with it.

Ok I inserted another SSD which I formatted as MBR on a PC (exFAT bu I believe this doesn't matter) and the PS3 Tool power light stays green for 5-6 seconds, then it goes into YLOD mode (yellow light on for like half a second and then blinking red light)