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Bluray drive on PS3 makes grinding noise after disassembling

This tip is for people who have already disassembled their Play Station3 console and tried to replace the laser in the Blu ray optical drive.

If you replace the laser and then reassemble the Blu ray optical drive and the drive will no longer accept discs (the gears grind, or you can not push the disc in) follow these steps to resolve.

(Note: if you can not push the disc in because something is "blocking" the drive, refer to this tip: http://www.fixya.com/support/r4140687-bluray_drive_ps3_not_accept_discs_after )

Remove the metal casing of the Blu ray optical if you have not already done so. This requires removing the three black screws and the two silver screws on the bottom of the Blu ray optical drive.

With the metal casing removed,locate the 5 black screws on the top of the Blu ray optical drive to remove. There are two on either side and one at the back in the middle.

"Fold" the top over. There is no reason to remove it completely.

On either side of the drive inside, there are two long black pieces with "teeth" to interact with the gears.

You need to forcefully push the bar on the left side of the drive all the way back.

The white Gears in the front of the PS3 should be able to move freely (push on them and they should move back and forth to allow a disc to go in)

Make sure the black bar has one or two of the "teeth" in line with the black gear near the front of it. Verify that the white pieces will still move freely.

Turn on your PS3 and wait for it to power up.

Reassemble the Blu ray drive. You should test your Blu ray drive first before reassembling the whole PS3.

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blu-ray movies wont play


This problem is usually associated with the Bluray drive or more specifically the optical laser on the drive which is failing to read the disk. Sony charge $150 for this repair if the console is outside warranty.

You could try cleaning the lens on the laser as this can work sometimes but this requires you to open the console and most often the lens is faulty and needs to be changed. For more information on the lens and how to access it either to change it or clean it please see this FixYa Tip.

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Apr 10, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Unit plays DVD but no longer Blu Rays

That is because of a dirty or defective lens. When lens is dirty, the unit may still operate on regular CDs and DVDs and not be reading BD.

Try first using a lens cleaner for Blue Ray: Maxell 190054 Blu-Ray Lens Cleaner

If that does not work, the unit may be disassembled, and lense cleaned with q tips and isopropyl alcohol or cleaning solution. See below:

How to Clean the Laser Pickup Lens on your DVD Player

How to safely clean a DVD lens?

Clean DVD lens, or replace player?

Clean CD or DVD ROM lens with a brush?

Cleaning your DVD drive

How to clean a DVD player

How do I clean my DVD player optical lens isoproponol alcohol

Being this a blue ray unit , I would suggest calling support instead of disassembling the unit by yourself.


Feb 08, 2009 | Samsung BD-P1400 Blu-Ray Player

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