Alrighty, after the BC PS3 with incessant overheating that a friend gave me a few months ago, I got my hands on another "defective" fat PS3 for a pittance (a 40GB non-BC model this time). When I got it the drive was shot to heck, the mechanics were dislocated to the point where the unit would not "grab" discs at all. Surprisingly, I managed to fix all this, only to find out that the laser is out of alignment. It still won't read anything.
The unit itself, however, works perfectly fine. I use it as a cheap media player, to stream AV off my NAS and watch youtube on my TV. When the 'free games on PSN' thing came around, though, I figured that i might as well activate my PSN account (dormant since the early days of the PSP) and grab WipeOut HD. I updated the firmware, as I had no use for the old "features". I downloaded PS Home and the Rocket Knight demo as well.
And guess what? None of them work. They load up, the XMB disappears, screen flashes once and the unit crashes. Happens every damn time. It appears that everything that requires the GPU for 3D drawing crashes the unit completely. Is this a common problem? Is there anything I can do to verify this? Unfortunately I lack a HDMI cable, so I wire it through SCART. I'm a tad bit puzzled as it seems to have no problems whatsoever drawing the XMB!