Originally Posted by garcia1987
Well I was attempting to try it with my G2 that happened to be laying around, I played with it for a while and then from what I was looking at also at what was listed in the information that you gave, when people went into service mode it would bring up the XMB with a big red box. Problem for me is that I don't even have a firmware installed on the hdd as i formatted that drive. Also it seems to be only for downgrading, maybe this is all just going over my head somehow but how would i go about just forcing it to install a firmware.
ok, sound like its on the verge of YLOD, I wouldnt bother with heat gun method, take it too a laptop repair place and get the GPU reflowed, it will be worth it. If you have it already stripped down for them they probably wouldnt charge you as much.
What you said about the red box and all is irrelevant, you can unbrick bricked ps3s with service mode so you dont need to be able to tell its in service mode, it will just install whatever pup is on usb stick regardles of wether or not there is any FW on it to start with. Also it can be used for downgrading but can be used to install any pup file. just dont go over 3.55 or you will be stuck in SM forever
Good luck with the GPU problem.