Okay, so I came across this fun piece of news:
Which *might* fix the RSOD problem. I had this PS3 sitting in my closet for years anticipating this very thing. So I plug it all in, boot it up, and get RSOD like usual. Okay, then I tried recovery menu. Power on (holding button)->power off->power on (holding button)-> wait for two beeps....nothing. The ps3 wont get into recovery menu! I KNOW I've done this before, but now I can't get to it. So I attached the laptop HDD to my computer and formatted it. Plugged it into the PS3 and it no longer even attempts to boot and get RSOD. It just turns on, lags a long time, then starts trying to read the hard drive and shuts off.
What the hell can I do? I tried booting with my dongle with no success. I'm pretty sure it has 3.55 on it.
I mean...I have two more PS3s, one fully functional (the other wants me to reformat the hard drive because I turned it off while running the PL3 payload program), but I'd like to see this working. Having a blu-ray player in every room is fun