so your ps3 works.. just not completely?
do you have another 2.5" sata hdd you could try out?.. i *think* the problem might be due to the hdd failing.
awhile back my hdd failed, sometimes i could still get to the menu only to freeze when trying to go into the settings, or other random places... i was even able to play some games but they ran very sluggish.
after buying a new drive, i have not had a single problem, everything smooth as silk.
i tried to edit my post but it wouldnt let me because 5mins expired...
i just wanted to give a little info on what happened when my hdd died,
most of the time the ps3 would freeze during the startup animation, sometimes it would get to the xmb before freezing.
every-time the ps3 froze i had to use the recovery menu and select option 3-restore system files, the ps3 would restart telling me the hdd was corrupt and it was fixing it... sometimes the ps3 restarted up to 4 times with this same message before i could get to the xmb.
a full format did not correct the issue, it froze again the very next time i turned on the ps3.
each time after restoring the system files i was able to use my ps3, but it was very sluggish, some of the demo's/full games on the hdd wouldn't run at all... disc games worked but still sluggish and freezes every few seconds.
all those problems went away when i baught a new 320gig hdd.
my ps3 was only 3-4 months old when the drive died, the drive that died is a......
TOSIBA - HDD2H05 - MK8052GSX - 80gig - made in philippines