Originally Posted by kid spartan
Replacing a laser is pretty dicey, and it's more than just popping out the old and dropping in the new.
Actually it's exactly that. I did it with my 60GB PS3 a few weeks ago. I found it a lot easier to do then expected. It really is just about opening up the PS3 and Blu-ray drive. Unscrewing the brackets holding in the laser, taking out the old, popping in the new and then putting it back together. Simple as that.
Taking apart a blu-ray drive is no more complicated then taking apart a DVD drive, they are nearly exactly the same.
The first replacement blu-ray laser i installed though turned out to be faulty so i had to return it and get a second one. After installing the second one the console worked fine and has been working fine ever since.
The main thing to look out for when disassembling a PS3 is the ribbon cables, be very careful with them because they can be damaged easily.
If you can build a computer then there's no reason that you shouldn't be able to replace the laser in the drive. Just find a good PS3 blu-ray replacement video guide on youtube and thats all you need.
Also be very careful to pick the correct model laser for your PS3. Not all models of PS3's use the same model laser. My 60GB one uses a KES-400A, I'm not too sure what the 40GB models use.Edited by amorph - 7/24/11 at 7:52pm