If its just the update your vita message just put it in airplane mode then restart the vita (turn it off by holding the power button) then when you reboot use QMCA with the correct protocol and the offline mode button selected (in settings in QMCA) and it should connect and you shouldn't see the update vita message.
Hi, thanks for responding so quickly! I think I'm outta luck at this point. Sony is super-aggressive about PSV updates. I should've gone into Airplane Mode and then should've rebuilt the database immediately after, but alas. I was impatient.
I tried that, and unfortunately, it didn't work. I even tried rebuilding the database. Also, I've had QCMA run in Offline mode since I installed it years ago.
I also set QCMA to Custom, and underneath that, FW 3.10 - 1800010, and underneath that, it says 1800010. I don't know if that refers to 3.01 or not, but I got the same update message on every other FW I tried. I even managed to get my hands on the psp2-updatelist-261.xml, but using it with Charles didn't solve the issue. I just keep getting errors with that .xml.
I tried Vita Update Blocker as well, but I'm pretty sure it's not working because the latest FW update (3.60) wasn't released a week ago. It works--it manages to spoof the firmware so whenever I check System Update (it tells me I have the latest firmware installed), but when I go into CMA, I get the update message. Even when I click on the "update your system" link from CMA--it gives me the "latest update installed" message, but CMA won't let me proceed.
So CMA and PSN are stuck in the update loop; I'm guessing it's some Sony firmware signing issue at this point. Guess I'll try again when Sony releases a new update. But Sony might've gotten smart and patched the exploit by now. Oh well.
I don't know if using a PS3 to connect will solve anything. The PS3 in my house is on the latest firmware (sadly it doesn't belong to me).
I could also wait for the next exploit... if it ever comes out. I've got $27 in my PSN account that I can't take out.
Sony refuses to refund you directly for games...
Anyway, check this out:
I managed to access my PSV's internals via FTP... from the PSP emulator (TN-V) itself! I used the native FTP Connection built into CFW 6.60. But the PSV doesn't recognize any files unless they're in folders. I managed to transfer a few .mp3s this way. Now, the PSV recognized the music files, but the PSP emulator didn't.
I wonder if I'll be able to transfer games this way. It might, but IDK where everything should go; it's been so long since I used this thing. Plus I only have a 4GB memory card.
EDIT: Oh my god, it takes forever to transfer games this way. 50 minutes for 1.36GB! Also, it looks like you can't directly play the ISO itself--you have to extract the data files and so on. You have to follow the same format as the other games. CMA does this for you automatically when you transfer games over (obviously), and I'll have to do it for myself manually every time... yikes.