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Ps3 not reading games or dvd's

Son's ps3 does not register any games or dvd's, is there anything he can do to fix problem himself?

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  • Wildmountain Nov 20, 2008

    Hi, I've got the same problem. Yesterday I was playing COD5 online when the whole system crashed. Since then the console doesn't play any discs anymore. I'm afraid it's not a warranty for me because I bought the system second hand.

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    I have the same problem, i took the movie i was watching out to watch another and now it wont ready anything games or dvds.

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    I have the same problem after playing Call of Duty 5. I called Sony and they suggested to reformat and I did and it did not work. So they are repairing it now. So call sony for a replacement.

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Hi!it looks like there is a problem with the laser mechanism which is now quite common problem,if its in warranty please call sony and request for a replacement..they should be able to help you..i had the same problem and my ps3 stopped playing any disc,i got it the mechanism replaced(no service for ps3 in India sadly)hope it helps!

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