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Today I was scouring craigslist, and a thought popped into my head. There are quite a few ps3s with broken disc drives for sale on the cheap. I was thinking about purchasing one, and hooking it up to a larger HDTV in a different room. The ps3 would serve as one of those fancy streaming boxes (Ex: Netflix, hulu, etc) but I would mainly like to stream videos from my pc. What I am asking is: "Will the ps3 with a broken disc drive be able to stream movies from a home server at 720p?" Thanks!
    
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I think it can, I know an xbox can. The disk drive has nothing to do with it's streaming capabilities.
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I see no reason why not. The other, non-disc functions should be fine, so long as the broken disc drive part isn't tied to any larger internal problem.
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My ps3, before it YLOD (RIP), could output 1080p and it worked fine on netflix. I could also stream from my pc if i set up a media server on it (like windows media center or XBMC). The ps3 can then search for media servers and find them pretty quick.
    
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Yes, it will do it.

Most likely, the broken BluRay drive is just a bad laser, was very common at one time. You can replace them yourself if you want to spend the time.
    
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