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Hi fellas, I have a problem with a PS3 Slim CECH-2001A.

This PS3 was my Brother n laws, he was a big time console gamer. In fact its all he did, hours each day playing games with his son. Last year he passed away so my nephew who is 7 has really gotten attached to his dads personal stuff. Especially his PS3 since that's all they did together. I'm not trying to lay out a sob story, I just need you guys to now how important I get this PS3 fixed.

First thing is it wont read any type of disc. So what I did was replaced the laser the whole laser assembly with the motors not just the laser its self. I noticed the new laser was coming on and moving up and down. I can see it do so threw the disc. The old laser did not do this. However the PS3 will make a eject noise/movement and than do nothing.

I can see the laser moving, flashing the laser and than make a eject movement to reset the disc. It will try reading the disc again. After that it does nothing.

The clock hand in the circle on the top right of the screen moves at a slow pace and that's all it does.

I have also replaced all the ribbon cables and the entire disc housing.
I have restored the system, reformatted, reset. by holding in the power button to get those options.
I have tried holding the console at a 45 degree angle
I have reset the drive by holding in the eject button
I have updated the firmware.

The only thing left is the Logic board. However I read if you can play a demo the logic board is fine. And I have played three demos just fine.

I have checked the buses that the ribbon cables connect to with a magnifying glass and a led light. They all look fine with no noticeable bent pins.

I'm thinking the new laser I got may be bad but logic tells me that's not the case. especially since it was a OEM part that cost me over $100. I thought about buying the cheeper laser but did not want to take the chance. The laser I got was the KEM-450 AAA. Which is the same that came out of it. I also read that the logic board may need to be remarried. However if that's the case would I be able to play demos. Maybe the new laser is bad? I don't know. The only options left would be to take it to a repair shop or crack the thing. please guys can you help me out.
 

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I had the same problem with my PS3 Slim, then I purchased the whole complete bluray drive from eBay (refurb) for $60, then return 2 times just to figure out that I actually have to swap the logic board from the original bluray drive into the new one.

"The clock hand in the circle on the top right of the screen moves at a slow pace and that's all it does.", sounds like your drive is working properly, just try to swap the logic board.

Hope this helps and I understand what your nephew is going through, I still keep my 10 year old cap and tennis racket as my dad's last presents before he had a stroke. All the best to your family.
 

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Thanks Goldbranch I was thinking of replacing the logic board. however I would need to swap out the flash chip from my old board. This is not a problem since I am handy with a solder stick and heat guns. But i read that if i have updated to the latest firmware it wont work. Ill have to down grade to 3.55. i found this link http://www.ehow.com/how_12187522_back-355-ps3-slim.html to help me do so. However I'm unsure on how to access service mode.

Also which chip is the one i need to swap? Is it this one i have circled in the pic
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Yes original logic board.. I was told if I replace the logic board I will need to swap out the chip that marries the logic board to the main motherboard. I was told I might get lucky and find a used logic board with the same key as my old one but chances are I will need to swap out my old chip which has my key on it.

I may just take it to a repair shop and save me some headache. I may take it to game stop there is one 30 min from me.
 

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Even though it is a new laser, Id still recommend a gentle cleaning with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. I was having same issues after a deck replacement on my slim, and this worked for me.
 

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Even though it is a new laser, Id still recommend a gentle cleaning with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. I was having same issues after a deck replacement on my slim, and this worked for me.
What he said...it worked for me.
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