I finally found the solution as I had the same issue. Try the following:
Step 1 - Turn off the playstation 3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till the power light is red.
Step 2 - Touch and hold the power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the playstation 3 is powering on.
Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset.
Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (power light is red).
Step 3 - Touch and hold the power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the playstation 3 to power on.
Continue to hold the power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.
Continue to hold the power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At this point release the power button. if you succeeded in activating the safe mode, you will see a message on the screen saying 'connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button.'
Step 4 - Perform the safe mode options in the following order until one of the options works for you. If one option works, do not continue onto the other options.
My PS3 was working fine, then all of a sudden, it froze while loading MLB 2010 The Show as I was about to play a game against a friend. So I turned it off with the power button, and went to the game. When I clicked the game it froze on a black screen. So I followed Chants > Cookie Monsters instructions, it did the default systems didn't work, then did the file systems, and now it is good. When I started the file systems it said my hard disk was corrupted but it fixed it.
Entering Reset/Safe Mode will help with some problems such as a blank screen at startup. Sometimes the sys gets set to HDMI rather than RCA and the reset forces the sys to return to default (Red, Yellow, and White cord).
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER MACHINE - 2008 OR BEFORE USING V2.3 OR EARLIER YOU CANNOT RESET USING THE PRESS AND HOLD METHOD. I SPENT A YEAR TRYING VARIOUS COMBINATIONS ON MY MACHINE WITHOUT ANY SUCCESS. iNSTALLING v2.76 CURED THE PROBLEM INSTANTLY. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME FUTZING ABOUT WITH BUTTON COMBINATIONS FOR HOURS LIKE I DID.
If your BRD isn't working blow it out using a duster with a probe attachment. If it doesn't work, especially after an update, this is a common problem. In a year of reading about this (my BRD is hosed) the solution is getting a new BRD. If you can't do it yourself then a repair shop will usually charge around $100 to fix it. What I've read is the updates increase the number of hits to the BRD and this will overheat the laser buring it out. There is a law suit pending in Florida in regard to v3.0 bricking scads of PS3's. I'm not sure what the current status of the suit is.
if you are considering sending your machine back to Sony and it is not under warranty, Sony charges $150 and they only give a 3 month warranty. if your repaired machines bricks on day 91 you get to pay another $150. Sony is rumored to be using parts pulled from bricks to fix bricks so sending in your brick does not mean you are getting new parts. There is also a chance they will send you a different machine rather than the one you sent in so you might trade a BRD issue for a mobo issue or a CPU/GPU issue or some other flavor of headache. Since you might not get back the machine you sent in you should backup the HD to flash, pull it, or pull it and swap a smaller drive if you have one.
hi. so I had this problem too. I couldnt see anything when I turned on my PS3, I couldnt hear anything either. I took out he hardrive and reinstalled it, pressed power and it fixed the problem. hope it helps. :)