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Ps3 loading disc

I replaced the laser in my ps3 60gb model and now when I go to put a disc in I have to put it in almost half way before it will take it in by itself. I have another 60gb and a 40gb, when you put the disc in about a inch or so it will auto accept the disc. Want to know if there is something i did wrong and also on the top of this drive where the opening is there is a small circuit board with some type of sensor or something, the board has a very small black and red wire coming from it that connects to the drives main board, what is this sensor board and what is it used for? Thanks in advance.

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  • ellite Nov 13, 2008

    Yes it was one of the wires came out of the small yellow connector. Thought about trying to solder 2 more wires from the optical sensor board to the drive board and see what happens. I know I can buy a used drive as is on ebay for about $60 buck but really don't want to spend that just for the senso, do you know where i could get that part or cheaper drive from. Thanks in advance and also thanks for the reply.

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Hey it appears you failed to connect the very small optic sensor. this sensor tells the drive to activate the slot loading mechanism. without it connected the automated slot drive doesnt work..connect it carefully...was it damaged when you removed it?

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