If your PS3 randomly freezes, you might not have tried this yet:
1. First, enter the recovery mode
2. Now you have 3 options you can chose out of 6 in total.
- Restore file system
- Rebuild database
- Restore PS3-System
3. If you have freezes with other games, you should try to rebuild the database and maybe then to restore the file system if the problem persists.
If it's just GTA V that's freezing randomly, then pick "restore file system". This is supposed to repair/fix corrupted files.
As far as I know, both of these options delete your messages.
4. If those do not work, you should make a backup of all your files you want to keep (which are usually the savegames and maybe some porn stuff) BEFORE you pick that option.
This option will wipe all data of your PS3, it's basically a factory restore. However, the system updates sill stay, so you "only" have to re-install all your games and copy back the savegames onto the PS3.
MAKE SURE YOU UPDATE YOUR TROPHIES BEFORE DOING THAT
Hope this helps some "noobies" out there
Edit: another nice tip for the desperated ones among us
Hallelujah everyone! I think I f*cking did it.
How? By cleaning the blu ray-lens with a q tip and some acetone.
Guide on how to open up and clean:
Most people don't seem to recommend using acetone and instead use alkohol (isopropyl), which may be a better option - but since the Blu ray lens is made of glass acetone works just as fine. Just be careful not to get acetone on any plastic parts, and only use a very small amount. (soak some of the acetone of the q tip with a paper towel so that it's not drenched in the stuff, you don't want it dripping into your system)
I rubbed both lenses thoroughly back and forth for a while, then waited for it to dry/evaporate, and then repeated that with clean acetone q tips like 3 times.
Then I put the system back together. I had also uninstalled any previous save data and game data to make sure that the system would make a completely OK install this time around.
And it actually installed fine, and has worked now in both SP and Online for a couple of hours. I've also tried quitting the game, dismounting the disc and remounting it and the game starts up fine.
So before, my fail rate was probably like 99% and this far it's down to 0% which means that I'm at least on the right way. I'm still waiting for it to crash, and well, it might of course, but it seems like this did the trick.
I'm surprised R* never suggested that the error might have to do with the lens - it's also a really easy fix. As I mentioned earlier, I got the error message 80010514 which got me thinking that it was related to the Bluray drive - also it seems other games worked fine because they're not dual layered.
If you're trying this, I would suggest doing it as a final step after trying all else that R* support suggests - but if anyone can relate to the troubles I've had, I hope this strategy will help you like it helped me. Also, remember to eject any discs from the drive before you open up your system!
If I freeze again, I'll keep you posted on the circumstances...
Also, it goes without saying that this might not be recommended if you still have a warranty. It's an easy operation, but if you have a warranty you might want to consider exchanging your system for new one through Sony.