The PlayStation 3 (or commonly known as the PS3) is the third home computer entertainment system produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, and the successor to the PlayStation 2. It was released November 11, 2006

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Will Not Read Discs.

I am repairing a PS3 for a customer. It is an 80GB model with 2 USB ports. The customer said that it would not read games, but I took it home and played two different games fine. I took it to the shop a few days later, and it would not read discs at all, I never hear it spin up or anything. I then took a look at it again another day, and it would play a DVD movie, but did nothing with the PS3 game. After that, it wouldn't read any discs at all. I swapped out the Bluray drive, and it still does not read anything. I see the clock in the top right spin once and nothing happens.

Is there something else I can try, or is it more possible it is a bad motherboard? Or does the controller board have something to do with all disc reading? I have tested the hard drive with SeaTools using a computer, and it passes.

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If the control board has gone out, then you are out of luck as far as easy-component-swap-repair goes. The Blu-ray drive control board is married to the motherboard, so if it is problem, then you are out of luck. However, everything else in the Blu-ray drive is replaceable.

It seems like the Blu-ray laser is going out on you. Try giving the laser diode a clean a clean with some lens cleaner and see if that solves the problem. If that does not solve the problem, the laser will likely need to be replaced. If you need to do that, iFixit has the guide you need. For troubleshooting purposes, you do not need to swap out the laser, and instead can swap the entire blue-ray drive. I realize that these guides model the original design of Blu-Ray drive (which your customer may or may not have) but, although the position of the control board, the concept is fundamentally identical.

Good luck, and let us know how it works out.

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Thanks for the reply.

I did swap out the entire drive and it did not resolve the issue. I've had to call it a bad motherboard at this point basically, now that I understand the controller board is coupled with the motherboard and would require both being replaced anyways. It just struck me as odd that the symptoms happened so gradually, making it seem more like it would be the lens. The only other possibility that it could be would be that I got a bad drive in the mail; my manager does the ordering so I don't know his sources, but I know it is the right drive for this model.

Thanks again for the contribution, it atleast confirms with me that I was doing everything right.


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