is there any hope for my PS3? (8002F1F9 error)


so my super-slim PS3 died late last year. when i try to turn it on, it gets stuck in a loop of trying to install a system update that i'm afraid will never happen. this is error code 8002F1F9, and apparently lots of people online have experienced it.

there are, however, video tutorials from people who claim that disassembling your PS3, removing and replacing its battery, and then reassembling it (with some hard drive chicanery thrown in) will get it out of this loop.

well, i did disassemble my PS3, following one of these tutorials. i was a little scared, because i'd never taken apart a console before, but when i put it back together, it still booted up... and into the same system update loop.

so am i in the market for a new PS3 now? has anyone dealt with this? i'd like to recover the PSN stuff i had (mostly PS1 and PS2 games, but also a few other PS3 exclusives and nice-to-haves).

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I feel like PS3s are so cheap these days that you’d be better off buying another one and re-downloading all your PSN stuff. Unfortunately however the HDD is linked to the console it came from, so unless things have changed in the last few years, the data/saves can’t be recovered.

in case anyone's interested, this is the video i watched

i'll tell you what i had a heck of a time with! some but only _some_ of the screws in the PS3 are star-shaped! well i am not the kind of fancy fellow who has a star-shaped screwdriver, so i had to watch a different video to find out what to do

yes, i used the very side-tip of a flat-head screwdriver to painstakingly remove those ones.

and that is why my taken-apart but still working (but not really working) PS3 is still disassembled, and sitting in a large tupperware container.

My friend, you really ought to get ahold of a T8H security torx driver (doesn‘t have to be Wiha, but that’s the one I got for my slim).

Oh, oops. I thought the thread started @"whatsarobot"#p57334 here but then I scrolled up.

@“connrrr”#p57335 it's all good! but yeah, i really need to step my screwdriver game up, for emergencies such as this one.

It‘s true that the hard drive is locked to the system with a key, and that key is only accessible through custom firmware. I’m not really up to date anymore but I hear people are jailbreaking their super slims with PS3HEN which isn‘t exactly the same as a cfw so I don’t know what it offers.

I think if it were me I would try to get a new console built before 2011 (some CECH-2500s and earlier) but also see if I couldn't still get that super slim fixed. The right screwdriver will go a long way!!

a bit of googling indicates this error is related to the wifi/bluetooth component. sadly this may not be fixable as the component is integrated into the main board. but if you know someone who is particularly good with electronics this thread has some info that might help with diagnosing the issue for a potential fix:

@“goonbag”#p57338 thank you! looking at the symptoms described here, it doesn‘t sound like what’s going on with my PS3… but who the heck knows!


@“whatsarobot”#p57324 (with some hard drive chicanery thrown in)

I am most curious about this. Do you have a spare working laptop drive you can throw into the console?

@“connrrr”#p57340 i sure don‘t! i’m completely new to dismantling hardware. it was fun and rewarding, even though the results were negligible.

specifically, i was referring to removing the hard drive, powering the system on without it (and receiving a warning about a hard drive being missing), then reinserting it. that was supposed to help resolve the error, according to some guy on some forum. but it didn't work for me!

@“whatsarobot”#p57341 that could be because the drive is busted! If you got a bare 2.5" drive that you know to be working and don't mind having formatted by the PS3, that might solve the whole issue.

In the meantime, if you have a SATA to USB cable or enclosure, you could run a test to see if the drive's borked with something like [HD Tune]( or [HDAT](

@“connrrr”#p57343 thank yoooou! i don't currently have any of those things, but maybe i can acquire them cheaper than another PS3…

troubleshooting the hdd is a good idea, yeah. i saw a forum thread, probably the same one, where they‘re talking about disconnecting and reconnecting the hard drive during the update process, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me - that might just work for some people for some coincidental reason that isn‘t really addressing the issue. but there’s no harm in doing what you can to check that the drive isn't causing issues.

the error code you're getting specifically refers to the wifi/bt according to [the ps3 dev wiki](, that may not be 100% accurate and i know you weren't experiencing connectivity issues prior to the attempted update, but it seems plausible that flashing firmware related to the wifi/bt could trigger a failure that wasn't happening (yet) during everyday use.

@“goonbag”#p57346 thank you! i have more to learn before attempting this kind of stuff, but it should be fun.