Turns out the disk itself was bad. Never loaded on my PS3 and got a replacement for it that did load in a heartbeat. I was about to send it in but the thought of them keeping my PS3 held me back and had me trying to see if it was the disk. I'm glad I didn't send it in because they would have seen that I had already replaced the security screw with a standard screw. A clear giveaway.
If I'm ever in a jam, where can I send in my unit without it being confiscated? Where is this technical service you mentioned? Could we also send in our units to that same department for service?
What do you mean by take it "to technical service". Do you work at Sony? You just can't give them your PS3 after you have opened it up. I found out that they will confiscate your PS3 if they find out that you have tried to mess with it. At least that is what they told me when they asked me to send my PS3 unit in after I told them that my PS3 was not playing Sega Genesis Ultimate Collection.