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Blu ray's won't read

My ps3 won't read blu rays, only blu rays, so do i need to replace a laser or something? if so what parts do i need?

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It needs a newlaser because the old one is "burnt out". It's a really common problemwith them.

Most likely it is the KEM-400AAA laser.

I buy mine at they run about $75 each.

If you click on the laser there it will tell you which model of PS3 the lase goes with.

I run a repair business and that place has best prices aside from Hong Kong which I don't trust.

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