Tip & How-To about Video Game Consoles & Games


Hi FixYa community,

I thought I should pass thing tip along, seeing as how so many people are having trouble.

It is a solution for PS3 fat models (the old ones). If your PS3 has suddenly stopped reading disc's it might not be the laser, it could just be a type of data corruption, but there is a way around it.

Go onto the PlayStation Network and download any game demo. Install the demo. Insert the game you want to play. Now go into the demo game that you downloaded and installed as if you were going to play it. As soon as it loads, quit out of the demo and go back to the main menu of your PS3; the game you wanted to play should now be available. ENJOY!

If this tip doesn't work then sorry, it is your blu-ray laser, however, it has worked for myself and one other that I know of. Hope it works for you too!

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I Have the fat 40gb ps3 system and it does not read blu-ray discs only dvds or music cds. I updated it to version 3.55 because i thought that maybe it was an update that was missing and it still wont read any blu-ray discs. Ive contacted several repair places here in houston tx, but they all charge around 100-150 and i dont want to pay that much for a lens. I Really love watching HD movies on the ps3 so please help me fix this serious problem. THANKS


This is a very common problem with the PS3 and is most often caused by a problem with the laser on the Bluray drive which is malfunctioning and can no longer 'see' or read the game disk properly.

The PS3 uses a dual laser system. This consists of either a dual refractor type lens or two entirely seperate lenses depending on which pickup is fitted to your particular system. One laser is for reading ordinary DVD disks and PS2 disks and the other for Bluray and PS3 games.

The symptoms you describe are quite typical of a failure of one or both of these lasers.

For more information on how to resolve the problem yourself please have a look at this FixYa Tip on the subject.

Many thanks for using FixYa

Jan 03, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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does it say youve been logged out? or dns error if it says youve been logged out its because ps3 is updating its servers its world wide sit tight relax it will be fixed soon

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This is a very common problem on the PS3. Please see this FixYa Tip for a complete breakdown on the causes and solutions associated with it.

Many thanks for using FixYa.

Jan 09, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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This is a very common problem on the PS3 and a sign that the laser on your bluray drive is beginning to give trouble.

For a full workthrough on the causes and solutions for this see my FixYa Tip at this link.


Many thanks for using FixYa.

Dec 21, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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