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I would suggest:
1) With PS3 off
2) Remove drive
3) Turn PS3 on
4) Let it complain about missing drive
5) Turn off PS3
6) Put drive back in
7) Turn on
If it still complains, try safe boot recovery mode again, choosing option 3, then again with option 4 -- If it still doesn't work, it's not looking good, bit hopefully those should sort it unless the drive really is kaput.
Your PS3 may be overheating. Check the exhaust of the ps3 where the hot air comes out for any excessive dust. If you have a 60GB PS3, you can blow them out by turning off the PS3 by the back switch and then turning it on using the back switch with you finger on the eject button. The PS3 should beep 3 times and your fans should go at full tilt for about 30sec to 1 min.
am sure about the computer part but for the xmb i can help reset ur ps3 by turning it on then turn it off by holding the buttonthen it back on by holding the power button it should beep pause and beep 2x this will reset ur display option back to normal then ur cables make a difference if ur using a SD TV use regular cables if HDTV use hd cables only on hdtv if use on SDtv it won't display or ur ps3 is set to an hd setting like 1080p it won't display on a sdtv so reset ur ps3 by holdin power button hope this help u