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Hello fellow OCN'ers. My brother has a 40gig PS3 (not too familiar with them myself) but he seems to be having problems with it. He has ver. 2.76 and I found the update for it and will install it, but I was curious if anyone else is having this problem...

It seems that his player will not read discs (ps3) and BR discs, but will read DVD movies almost every time. He says that he can sometimes get them to read if he keeps taking out and putting them in but like I said, I wasn't sure if this was a common problem and had a fix or whatnot. Thanks in advance. I also will go to his house later and do the update, but for it to just stop reading discs intermittently like this my guess is hardware error.


EDIT: Another question. Putting the update on flash drive, which format should the flash drive be??? (FAT, FAT32, etc.) Nvm, googled it, FAT32.
Edited by jfizz84 - 3/6/11 at 11:37am
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Sounds like the laser in the disk drive might be bad. But see if when you update it, things work. I know there was a firmware where it made disks not work.
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Yea, I am going to try it. He had a wicked out of date version as well so I am hoping this WILL fix it but like I said, its just odd it went from reading fine to reading sporadically.

But if it does turn out to be bad dvd drive, can it be replaced/fixed?

Thanks, btw +rep for input.
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I think the DVD drive can be replace, but i'm not really sure on this. Try to clean the laser in the DVD drive before you go waste some money on a new DVD drive.

Good luck!
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Of course, anything can be fixed/replaced. But check the update first, if not. It might be a faulty drive. Not sure where you can get a replacement though, possibly somewhere on the internet. I'm sure there is parts out there.

From what I remember BluRay's and PS3 disks are the same thing.
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I think the DVD drive can be replace, but i'm not really sure on this. Try to clean the laser in the DVD drive before you go waste some money on a new DVD drive.

Good luck!
yeah you can replace them fairly easy but they will most likely be expensive. Like it's been mentioned already do the update and see if that fixs any problems.

here's the link to the official firmware download if you have troubles doing the system update

http://us.playstation.com/support/sy.../ps3/index.htm
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Very common for the BluRay laser lens to burn in a PS3. if you've got some mechanical skills, you don't need to replace the whole drive, just the lens.

such a common problem, that you will find many step by step guides, and youtube videos on the subject. do a quick search, you'll be amazed on the hits you'll get.
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Sounds like the BD laser is taking a dump. The PS3 has two led/lasers. One is for DVD/CD and the other is for the BD discs. You have several options. You can replace the optical drive (lots of them on Ebay), or change out just laser section alone. Other option is to send it to Sony for repair or exchange. If you decide to try a repair, make sure you YouTube the videos on how to disassemble and ID the optical drive you have. Its not hard, but if you have no real mechanical and electrical hands, don't try it repair it yourself.
     
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I think the DVD drive can be replace, but i'm not really sure on this. Try to clean the laser in the DVD drive before you go waste some money on a new DVD drive.

Good luck!
Thanks, yea I will before buying parts.

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Of course, anything can be fixed/replaced. But check the update first, if not. It might be a faulty drive. Not sure where you can get a replacement though, possibly somewhere on the internet. I'm sure there is parts out there.

From what I remember BluRay's and PS3 disks are the same thing.
iirc you are right.

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yeah you can replace them fairly easy but they will most likely be expensive. Like it's been mentioned already do the update and see if that fixs any problems.

here's the link to the official firmware download if you have troubles doing the system update

http://us.playstation.com/support/sy.../ps3/index.htm
Thanks already got it downloaded and on flash drive. Most recent said 3.56 and he had 2.76.

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Very common for the BluRay laser lens to burn in a PS3. if you've got some mechanical skills, you don't need to replace the whole drive, just the lens.

such a common problem, that you will find many step by step guides, and youtube videos on the subject. do a quick search, you'll be amazed on the hits you'll get.
Thanks, I'll check into those as well just incase cuz if it does need repairing chances are I will be the one doing the repairs.

+rep for all. Thanks, should be set for now on ideas.
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