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My old 40 gig is acting strange and i think i have my problem narrowed down to the blu ray laser. My ps3 wont play games or blu ray movies for more than 2 minutes but will play downloaded games or DVD's for hours. Ive cleaned the lens with no success. so my question is what lasers are interchangeable?
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My advice would be to send this in to a local repair shop. Replacing a laser is pretty dicey, and it's more than just popping out the old and dropping in the new. The bluray stuff is more complicated and has a bit more going on. All the local shops ive dealt with have reasonable rates.

If you are still inclined to DIY, there are lots of guides online. Google will help you out im sure.
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Clean it? Pot adjust first? If the part numbers match for both lasers, it COULD be a simple fix...
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Can't you just send it in?
 
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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
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post #6 of 13
There's no need to "replace the lazer" what you would want to do if that was the case would be to replace the optical drive itself.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 7/26/11 at 4:46pm
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There's no need to "replace the lazer" what you would want to do if that was the case would be to replace the optical drive itself.
Why? An entire optical drive would be more expensive then a laser and then there's the fact that you must remove the circuit board from your old optical drive and connect it up to the new optical drive in order for your new drive to work in your PS3. This is because the circuit board is locked to that particular console (it's the same with Xbox 360's). That would be just as much work as replacing the laser.

If all the moving parts in the optical drive work correctly (ie, discs insert/eject correctly and they spin up properly) then there is no need to replace the entire drive.

If the disc is spinning up properly but the drive won't read it then that means the laser isn't working properly and you only need to replace the laser.

A full blu-ray drive from a good seller on ebay can cost 60-70euro.

A blu-ray laser on it's own will cost 20-30euro.

I have replaced lasers in my own PS3 as well as in two Xbox 360's. It is NOT hard.
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I've replaced PS3 lasers, nothing too difficult.
Just make sure you get the right one for your system!
    
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I have done three over the years its very easy there are countless youtube videos on the net for guidance, you can google your ps3 model number to find the correct laser for your console dont be scared its very easy google ps3 laser replacement
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Why? An entire optical drive would be more expensive then a laser and then there's the fact that you must remove the circuit board from your old optical drive and connect it up to the new optical drive in order for your new drive to work in PS3. That would be just as much work as replacing the laser.

If all the moving parts in the optical drive work correctly (ie, discs insert/eject correctly and they spin up properly) then there is no need to replace the entire drive.

If the disc is spinning up properly but the drive won't read it then that means the laser isn't working properly and you only need to replace the laser.

This is relative to how expensive optical drivers are for the PS3, in past consoles it was cheaper to literally use a different drive. I'm not sure about the PS3, but, the base logic has always been to swap out the drive.

This is likely significantly more expensive since it is a BluRay optical drive, and there could be other variables that make it cost more.

Back in the day I switched original Xbox optical drivers to the faster one for a cheaper amount then it would take Microsoft to fix it.
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