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PS3 won't play games (tried multiple games and none of them shows up) but plays DVDs fine.

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  • michael888 May 24, 2009

    ??? Not sure what this means.  The PS3 used to play all of the PS3 games and it just stopped working.  When I put in a game, it doesn't show up.  However, when I put in a DVD, the DVD plays fine.  Note that I have not tried a Blu Ray DVD.  Not sure if this makes sense, but maybe the Blu Ray mechanism is broken (but still plays regular DVDs)?

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PS3 plays only original games since de lens can read only those. So i suggest you should try with an original CD..

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