Just updated to 2.01 and was running fine for a week. Now after playing COD4 for a few hours, on loading the next level it just locks up. Restarted the PS3 and now it doesnt even recognize any kind of disc. The "reading" icon shows up in the corner but no disc is even detected.
There are a lot of people complaining about this on the official forums, who have the exact same problem. Some of them have full bricks.
They dont even sell the ****ing thing where I live so it was obtained through illegal channels. So there isnt even a bloody warranty.
What I want to know is whether the drive has been damaged. If it was a firmware glitch, the drive wouldnt have worked right from the start. The fact that it worked for a while and crashed during heavy usage, points to the fact that Sony (accidently?) tweaked something in the drive. Probably the laser voltage or motor speed or something. And after continued use at those levels something burned out. If the drive was still functional, then it could have been saved by a firmware update. But what about people who have had the drives killed?