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PS3 not reading discs?

Discussion in 'Video Gaming' started by Ash B, May 3, 2011.

  1. Ash B
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    [May 3, 2011]
    Hi


    Just wondering if any of you can help my PS3 stopped reading discs.
    I've tried PS3 games, DVDs and CDs no luck :( Im guessing its the lense? Expensive?
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    [May 4, 2011]
    no idea soz ash have you had a look online to see if anyone has had a similar problem , take a look on ebay you might be able to buy a new or second hand disc drive , my sisters boyfriend did it for his xbox 360
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    [May 4, 2011]
    Did it just happen suddenly?
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    [May 4, 2011]
    My nephew had same problem - he was lucky - he took it back to the shop he bought it from under warranty. FTW they have increased the shelf life of warranties on the PS3
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    [May 5, 2011]
    my first PS3 did the same (the fat one). i think to send it off to sony and have it repaired is £120+ or it was at the time i was looking at getting mine repaired.

    i know a few people who's PS3 have done the same thing aswell.

    i just backed up all my saved data to an external device and got the slim line, haven't had a problem with this one.
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    Yeah was playing it the day before and turned it on thursday and wouldnt pick up any disc's.

    Hmm i got the fat one think i'll see how much it costs to repair if too much just buy a slim line one.
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    [May 12, 2011]
    It's most likely the disc reader lens as you first guessed. I know a few people this has happened to, and outside warranty may just cost too much to have repaired, you might be able to get a bit of money from it if you fence it off on fleabay saying theres an issue with the disc reader though!
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    [May 13, 2011]
    If the drive wont read l would suggest getting a new one, while your in their upgrade your hdd as well. fat is best. slim doesnt have enough usb ports.
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    [May 14, 2011]
    dont dispair - its the laser - you can buy the new laser unit on ebay for abotu £40 - if you are ok at electronics/dismantling, its not hard to change. You need to identify which laser you have..
    There are a few types -
    the fat original ps 3 uses the basic laser and is probably the easiest to change.
    Plenty of guides on youtube - just search ps3 laser replacement -

    I have 3 ps3's - one failed completely (yellow flashing light) - which i fixed with the heat gun fix and then the laser went later which I also replaced.
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