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Yes the disc reading problem on the PS3 is massive!
Let me run through what is going on and how you can fix it:
It is the laser that needs readjusting in order to fix this problem. The good news is that the drive will still work as long as you readjust the laser in most cases - so you don't need to replace the drive!
You can send it in for Repair and they will fix it for you - although this will cost about $150 in a repair bill and you can expect to wait for about 4 weeks to get your console back.
It is possible to fix the PS3 games reading error from home because as mentioned above all you are doing is readjusting the laser.
Now if you want to go down this route check out the reviews of the top guides and see what they offer first below:
The most common reason for the game not reading discs is a bad drive. The following website sells the drives and does installs:
This drive should fix any reading issues you are having with your games, or issues inserting your games or ejecting them (or lack thereof). This is the entire DVD drive assembly mechanism replacement for your game including a new laser. If your discs are not ejecting, or you cannot insert a disc -- or you can insert a disc but it will not load, this is what you need to get your game going again!.
The most common reason for the PS3 not reading discs is a bad drive. The following website sells the drives and does installs:
This drive should fix any reading issues you are having with your games, or issues inserting your games or ejecting them (or lack thereof). This is the entire DVD drive assembly mechanism replacement for your PS3 including a new laser. If your discs are not ejecting, or you cannot insert a disc -- or you can insert a disc but it will not load, this is what you need to get your PS3 going again! Hope this will help...
what you have is a problem thats hard to diagnose.
the easiest thing you can try is to clean the lens.
along with checking the cables that connect your drive to the motherboard and etc..
if that didn't work you can try replacing the whole drive -- *NOTE* if you do change the drive make sure you buy the right type and also when u buy a new drive you will be getting the drive/moter only and not the control board that is attached underneath . you'll have to put your old control board onto the new drive
hopefully you get your drive working after these steps if not you will be getting into more complicated fixes.
this is one of the sites that i come across alot that fixes different ps3 problems http://www.gophermods.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=7
still if that didn't work you may need to replace couple of things on the drive board which can get very technical. very technical because in 2 ways. 1) your ic chip may be bad and you could try replacing that on your control board but that involves desoldering/soldering near many other component of the board. very trickly
2)if after you replaced the chip and it still didn't work you may have more than 1 problem on your control board in which case you just need a new control board but the thing is there is another chip that (the nand chip which holds the firmware of your ps3) is married to *********** board and without that chip your ps3 will not read/load/operate any of the disk or downloaded games on your ps3 hard drive. so just swapping the control board won't work. So you'll have to buy a new control board and swap out the nand chip. again very technical and not for a novice. even some repair shops send it off to do these fixes to a more specialist
if your ps3 is still under warranty its just best to send it off to sony and let them fix it for free. they cover your system for a year from the date of purchase. and you may or maynot get your original system back. check youtube for "replacing ic chip on ps3" or "replacing nand chip on ps3" you'll find that some people have actually fixed their systems.
Do you see the little clock like icon in the top right corner of the screen when you first insert a disc the loading disc icon? if so then it could either just be the drive itself or a software issue in which case you can try a few things before replaceing the drive.
First just reset to factory default settings under system settings.
P.S. i assume its not reading any kind of disc if it isnt reading anything also double check to make sure the disc you are using are still good and not just really dirty or scratched. GIve us more info and what disc your trying to check so we can further help you out.
The lens on the PS3 might have developed a fault which is preventing it from reading a disc. Try cleaning the lens with a dvd disc cleaner first.If you can hear is spinning then its most likely a lens fault.
the PS3 sony Blu-ray drive is very sensible..you should check the drive sensors first...
Could be a defective motor that´s not spining the disc...
would be very nice to test another blu-ray laser unit...connected with your blu-ray controller board...and you wil find if the logical blu-ray board is ok..or dead..So you must have a hardware to test and prove a second opinion !!!
Good Luck !!!