Update: The eagle eyes at Gizmodo.com have now spotted a lengthy thread on Sony's official PlayStation forums indicating the issue is ongoing, and speculating that a potential combination of PS3 Firmware 3.10 alongside Modern Warfare 2 may also be attributed to dead PS3 Blu-ray drives.
As a follow-up to our dead PS3 Blu-ray drive community project from last week, our PS3 Devs have identified what they believe to be the root cause of drive failures associated with the recent updates in PS3 Firmware v3.00/v3.01.
We suspect that the 3.00 and 3.01 PS3 Firmware updates, which contain the BD firmware patch file BDPT_FIRMWARE_PACKAGE_306R.PKG, is the main contributing factor to the failed drives.
The PS3 Devs want to get ahold of some BD drives that have been bricked by the update in order to prove that the PS-SYSTEM 306R Firmware patch in the update is responsible for the damaged drives.
Apart from what version of Firmware users had before they upgraded and failed, we also would like to know (only if they are certain!) from the dead drive owners:
1) If they had a disc in the drive during the update, if so, what was in there.
2) Did they use the PSN store prior to (in the same session, as in, between the power on and upgrade) the FW upgrade?
3) Did they play a downloaded game from the PSN store prior to (in the same session, as in, between the power on and upgrade) the upgrade?
4) What model number of PS3 console they had?
Finally, please NOTE we are only seeking consoles that have NOT been tampered with... meaning no warranty sticker, no good to us.
Any modification or opening will make what we get tainted and useless... we need a system that has failed and has been unopened. Thanks!
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