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Make sure the game cd's are clean, try a laser lens cleaner kit that you can purchase from Walmart or somewhere,...also you can use canned air (be careful) shake it gently to make sure nothing is lose on the inside. reset, power down, unplug, and then plug it back in. if this doesn;t work you may need internal repairs done.

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Dvd works on ps3 but games wont. cleaned lens aswell. also reset system


Unfortunately the PS3 has a high failure rate on its laser lens mechanism. The lens on the PS3 is setup with a dual refractor - one for reading DVDs and the other for reading Bluray and game disks.

What you are describing is absolutely typical of a lens failure where the unit is reading DVDs but not games and as you have already tried cleaning the lens the only way to fix it is to replace the lens mechanism. This is not as difficult as it sounds and you are already half way there if you managed to clean the lens yourself.

For a full walkthrough on what is involved please see this FixYa Tip.

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Sep 04, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 will not play ps3 games however it will still play ps2 games

This is typical of a failure of the laser lens.

The Ps3 uses a mechanism that produces two different lasers to read the different disks. When one of these lasers or lens fails, you get these symptoms where typically the unit cannot read Ps3 games but will continue to play Ps2 games.

The only solution is to replace the laser. More information on how to do this here

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Feb 02, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Playstation 3 will not play games or read disc, what can i do?


I will advice you clean the lens of your ps3 player, cleaning the lens of the ps3 player will make the ps3 player read the disc, if the problem is not solve after cleaning the lens, it means, you will need to replace the lens on your ps3, the lens might be weak that it can no longer read any disc or play any game. the two options above should fix the problem of your ps3.

Take care.

Aug 01, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Play station three is not reading discs


The problem is that the lens of your ps3 is either dirty or weak that it can no longer read any disc, i advice that you get a lens cleaner to clean the lens of your game, if after cleaning, problem persist, replace the lens on your ps3 so that your ps3 can continue to function as it use to function before.

Replace the lens on your ps3 and you will see that it will start reading discs.

Take care.

Jul 18, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My PS3 will not read any disc I put in

your ps3 optical lens have the problem, cleaning it manually much more effective by using cotton swabs, but be careful to open your ps3,

Jun 21, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My PS3 will not read any disc I put in

the problem of your ps3 is the optical device or lens, ty cleaning it by lens cleaner, or clean it manually by opening your ps3 case...

Jun 21, 2010 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (80GB) Console

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Says no game inserted,ds download play works


The problem with your ps3 player is that the lens of your ps3 is either the lens is dirty or probably the lens is very weak to read your cds.

I suggest you get a lens cleaner to clean the lens of your player, if after cleaning the lens of your ps3 player and it does not still read your cd, i suggest you replace the lens because it means the lens can no longer read cds any longer.

Take care.

Apr 30, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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None of my ps3 games will play but normal dvds all work fine. any ideas?

well, the 40gig model of the ps3 can have either the dual laser lens, or the single laser lens in it. they started out with the KES-400A single laser lens, but somwhere along the line, they started putting the KES-410A dual laser lens in them, which is supposed to be a more reliable laser lens, but they do fail as well. the most common reason why a ps3 won't read ps3 games and bluray discs, but will read dvds or cds is because they have a red diode that only reads dvds and cds, and a blue diode that reads bluray and ps3 game discs. i would say your blue diode has kicked the bucket and needs to be replaced. you will either need to send the system to sony for repair, or to a third part company to have it replaced, or you can replace the laser lens assembly yourself

Apr 15, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 will read the dvds and cds just not ps3 games...wat should i do

HI, the optical lens assembly is damaged. you will need to replace this vital part to restore normal reading capabilities.

The optical lens assembly incorporates both the blue ray and regular lens in the same assembly. if one lens burns out, you will have no choice but to replace the entire lens assembly unfortunately.

You can confirm by using a cleansing disc. if the cleansing doesn't restore the reading abilities to the affected lens, replace the entire optical lens assembly asap.

Jun 02, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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