Ps3 not updating system

Update - please read on for how I solved the problem.the reformat made it so I could get to safe mode, but I'm unable to use any of the functions therein to resolve my problem.Once you have that sorted out, come on back here and follow the directions I posted and you should be all set.How I fixed the 8002F1F9 error on my 60 gb (fat) Ps3 (European version, PAL) First of all I bought the ps3 for a very charming price, with two wireless controller and one game included( Gran Turismo 5 Proluge).I used a free program called fat32format for the fat32 conversion of the HD...

So problems were starting when I first time put in the gt5 game, and the console did scan the disk(the little clock at the upper right corner was rotating), but the game did not start.Anyway, after doing all that, my ps3 works exactly as it did before, but I cannot update to 3.40.Tried it again using 3.40 on usb drive and had to repeat this procedure. Hope this helps any of you without costing you the 6 hours it took me.I found a guide that indicated how to boot into safe mode (essentially holding the power button through a cycle of beeps), but I can't get to the menu.I've tried pulling out the hard drive and trying to get to safe mode and doing the same and trying to get the update to initialize, but I still get the error code.