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PS3 Optical Drive Failure.

Have you had your Ps3 drive tell you its just will not read?

Here are some major causes:

1. Dirty drive.
2. Motor not spinning the disc fast enough.
3. Bad optical laser.

Step 1

Listen for the drive does it spin up?
Listen for the read head.
Put a audio disc in does it play?

If a audio disc plays but not dvd,blueray, or game disc you got a bad laser.

I recommend you do the following:

1. Make sure you match up you serial number on your unit.
2. Purchase the whole kit not just the laser.

The kit looks like this:


The cost of these drives are from $50 to $120 respectively. I do not suggest Ebay I would suggest a Store that sales these with warranty intact. Do not get fouled by ebay scams.

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how do you clean a blue ray eye on a ps3


Here is a great video showing you how to clean the lens.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSYYmYXgVl0
Here is some more info if the youtube video isn't getting it done:

So your shiney black pearl stopped reading discs huh? Now you are wondering if you can fix it because A)You are out of warranty and don't wanna pay almost 200 bucks to have it fixed or B) You are under warranty but don't wanna be without your PS3 for almost a month or longer .... Maybe you casn fix it on your own, if the problem is simple enough.


Sometimes the PS3 won't read discs simply because the lens is dirty, to find out if thats the case insert a game or blu-ray disc ... take careful note of the disc's 'label' as you put it in ... once it doesn't read after 10-15 seconds eject it ... if the disc's label hasn't moved your blu-ray drive's 'motor' is broken. Best bet is to send back to Sony and pay em. Or take the PS3 apart and try to replace the whole blu-ray drive.


If you remove the disc and notice it has moved your lens is probably dirty. This you 'can' fix yourself. First give the PS3 a GOOD cleaning. Vacuum it, blast it with a can of compressed air, vacuum again. Try disc.


Didn't work? Try a lens cleaner kit.


Didn't work? Time to get your hands dirty ... open the PS3 up (at your own risk) and clean the laser manually with pure alcohol and a q-tip. (video tutorials are on youtube.com)


Disc read errors are our main problem. It isn't some full blown epidemic but IS becoming worse by the day. My reasoning for this problem is simple: The PS3 is a dust MAGNET. I'm betting 90% of the disc read errors are cause by dust and dirt and pet hair getting in the machine and making the lens dirty or causing actual failure of the drive motor itself.


I love the PS3 and wish it didn't fail for anyone, especially this month with great titles almost here, but it happens. Happened to me on April 1st and I found out my blu-ray drive motor failed. A dirty lens I woulda fixed on my own. We really need a good blu-ray cleaner kit to come on the market in all major retail stores.




Nov 04, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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on my ps3 80gb system, the disc never spins up. I don't have a problem replacing the part myself, but I don't know what part to order. can you help. Thanks! Mike


Hi there, the PS3 blu ray is a bit of a complex device. Basically the way it work is before the disc is even spun the laser reads and detects what kind of media is inserted into the PS3. As you are saying the disc is not spinning there are 2 possible causes for this.
1. The blu ray lens has gone and is unable to read blu ray discs, hence the disc does not spin as none is detected.
2. The actual motor that spins the disc has gone. This is a much more unlikely reason, the blu ray lens is a common problem on the PS3.

As a shot in the dark you could try a laser lens cleaner but make sure it is suitable for blu ray. If this does not work you are going to have to purchase a new blu ray drive. You can get them for around £70 on ebay but you need to make sure you get the right one. Check your PS3 model number and google it to find which drive you have.

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Sep 12, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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disc drive not reading disc


To best respond to your question, let me review what happens when the unit tries to read the disc. First a check is made to see if a disc is present at all. If a disc is detected, the next step is to spin it up. You should be able to hear this happen. OInce the disc is spinning, the initial track (closest to the center of the disc) is read. If the read fails, a number of times, the mesasge about not reading the disc is presented. This failure can be caused by a number of different things:

1) The lens is dirty
2) The disc is not spining at the correct speed
3) The disc did not get up to speed fast enough
4) The loading sequence did not complete.
5) Defective optics

I will list the typical solution for each of the possibilities above:

1) Clean the lens using a cotton swab and alcohol and try again.
2) Replace the optics assembly (motor is not a replacement part.)
3) Same as #2
4) Replace the loading belt located under the tray. (get help with this as it is a bit tricky to do without mis-timing the loading sequence.)
5) Replace the optics asembly.

To confirm that the optics are actually defective, try playing a music CD. If a music CD will play but a game or DVD will not and you have cleaned the lens, then the optics are likely to be defective. A game or DVD requires a different (higher) level of laser light to function than a CD.

Hope this helps,
Dan

Mar 09, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

MY xbox 360 will read dvds but when i enter a game it goes to the disc error screen


Have you tried to get this system flashed?

What's happening is .. which could be a couple of things..

1.) Your Firmware board on your ODD Drive is telling the Drive to spin at a certain speed. The speed its currently spinning at is too slow to read a game, but fast enough to read a DVD disc.

2.) This could also be a motor or laser issue.


I would suggest sending it in for repair. There is nothing you can do without opening it to fix it.

Apr 14, 2009 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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