From what I have read in the past, the PS3 verifies or checks to see that you have a blu-ray drive connected in your system and that you have the matching logic board in the drive before it will run any thing such as a homebrew app/game or even a retail game from a disk. Also it doesn't care if the blu-ray drive's eye is broken/fried it just has to be able to detect the drive and the logic board. Everything that I said SHOULD be right, if you would like, get another member to verify that what I have said is right, this is just based from what I remember of what I read a couple months back.
Originally Posted by diandi99
Also don't try to update the system through the XMB or a flash drive, it will probably get stuck in an update loop if you update the system; I'm not sure about updating with the service mode method with the .SELF files though.
120Gb internal Slim PS3 - 3.41 - PSFreedom on HTC G1 w/ Hermes 4b; 160GB Slim PS3 - 3.55; White Wii - 4.0u - softmodded - 2Gb SD Card; Star Wars Edition Slim PSP - 5.50 GEN-D3 - 2Gb Memory Stick; 500Gb external HDD shared between the Wii and 3.41 PS3