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The Playstation 3 is a wonderful video game console, however, with heavy usage, the laser does eventually burn out. The first signs of the laser starting to burn out is that your game will start freezing during game play. Eventually the game will stop reading altogether (even though movies sometimes still work). Eventually movies will stop working and the whole laser will eventually die.
The following website sells PS3 lasers and also performs repairs:
Wow that just happen to me too! it happened to me yesterday the 8th hmm....looks like it happen to us at the same day. I have joined the club of 60gig ps3 that wont read any disc....this is common on 60gigs.
The laser in the dvd drive requires different strengths to read different discs. If its reading movies and not games then the laser is starting to go bad in it. You can either replace the laser if your tech save to open up the ps3 and opening up the dvd drive, or you can just get another drive to put in there. Either one you can get from Ebay fairly cheap.
the blu ray player uses a magnified lens ( likely used in ps3 games
too) which is not used when playing ps2 or regular dvds...why they
work, any spec or suface wear to the lens will cause the system not to
read the discs) , a cleaning disc wont work as
the ps3 wont recognize what it is and not play it... only solution i
found was to send in for service , which costs @ 150 bucks! I hope this helps
try setting the console back to factory settings, i had the oposite problem, would play games but not movies. will it play blu-ray movies or regular? if it doesnt play blu-rays, your disc reader may have gone bad.
The best way to play burned movies is to copy them onto a memory stick or external hard drive then copy them onto the ps3 i use this method and find the movies play in much higher quality than dvd-r or+r or whatever discs you use