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post #1 of 10
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I ask this simple question as a matter of curiosity.

My PS3 broke last year, in the sense that it randomly stopped recognising Blu-rays...but it will still play DVD's. This obviously means that I can still watch DVD's on my PS3 however I cannot play any games, nor can I watch any Blu-ray movies.

I never really bothered to get it fixed, it's at my girlfriends house and I have a Blu-ray player in my PC for our Blu-ray requirements.

Well at the back end of last year, low and behold the exact same thing happened to my Samsung Blu-ray drive in the PC. It would recognise DVD's...sometimes and it would never recognise a Blu-ray. I have just purchased a new LG Blu-ray drive for my PC which arrived today, and I plan on replacing the Blu-ray drive in the PS3 at some point in the next couple of months.

My question is, has anyone else experienced this? It's quite common in PS3's I know, but I find it strange that I suffered the exact same problem with my PC optical drive too.
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post #2 of 10
I had the same issue with two different PS3's. I've been told sometimes its a firmware issue or the like, yet I doubt that's your issue. I wonder if the laser is just super picky and the slightest defect in the optics can cause it stop reading
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post #3 of 10
My PS3 of 3 years has worked great from heavy load usage just fine, and the one I have in my computer tower also works great. I'd just call it bad luck.
 
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post #4 of 10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133

I bought that one the day it came out, it still works like a charm. This was...uh...back when the format war began so it's what...4-5 years old now? Has yet to fail me yet *punches wood....*

Quite honestly, I hate samsung drives....I've had a philips drive...took a crap, 2 samsung drives...both took a crap, I've used LG in about 6 computers now including mine that I posted above and none of them have failed yet.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=GGC-H20L&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1920&bih=955&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=13228453471086887210&sa=X&ei=NS1TT8jkOsaigwfIp83vDQ&ved=0CFYQ8wIwAQ
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post #5 of 10
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Well no joke, my LG Blu-ray drive arrived the other day as a replacement for my Samsung drive.

It won't read Blu-rays...and I wish I was kidding, but I'm not.

I'm going to try changing the SATA because that's all I can think of right now, however I don't see how that will help. It recognises and plays DVD's flawlessly, but won't even recognise a Blu-ray disc.
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post #6 of 10
What software are you playing them through on the PC and did you do a firmware update on the drive?
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post #7 of 10
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Playing them through PowerDVD.

However that isn't the problem, the drive physically isn't recognising the disc, it just thinks the drive is empty.

It's working now, although just like the other one I think it will work intermittently. I have yet to try a firmware update, I'll get on that now.
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It could also be powerdvd itself, is there an update for it for latest bluray DRM checks and so forth? Windows doesn't nativly support bluray, so it needs the software to tell the OS there's a bluray disk. I used to use powerdvd a while back but then it started to suck really bad.

You might give Total Media Theater from Arcsoft a try?
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post #9 of 10
Sounds like your very unlucky to me.

I have had a PS3 since release, a player in the bedroom and one in my PC and all them have work perfectly for years. Sorry to see your having issue.
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post #10 of 10
Funny enough, I've been through 4 different blu ray players(not drives) since it's inception.... its a hit or miss situation. I can say, its ALL about continual firmware support from the manufacturer. LG from my experience is the best, while Samsung is worst.
 
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