System boots up, but will not load games or movies
Just bought a new game. My PS3 had to install game. After installation, game played for about 5 minutes, and just shut off. After about 10 minutes I put game back in and it played fine. Then I went to put in a different game, and nothing happened. Now, I cannot get any game or dvd to play at all. I tried to restore the system, but that did nothing. Is there anything I can do?
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Re: system boots up, but will not load games or movies
I think the laser in the drive maybe bad. Take a can of air and blow it into the dvd drive. This will make sure dust or dirt isn't on the laser.
Then at that point try different cd's, games and dvd's and if nothing will play then at that point the laser is bad or you can replace the whole drive you can find a laser or a drive fairly cheap on ebay.
It will most likely be the hard drive in your PS3 as your games most likely use the hard drive a lot - I would try if you can to take the hard drive out and try and backup the data if you can and then whilst its connected to your desktop run a check disc - you may need to purchase a new hard drive and transfer the data over.
As you can see plenty of guides especially on youtube for replacing the hard drive as for the recovery of the data before you wipe or erase or run a checkdisk on the hard drive you will need a data kit which you can obtain from your computer store or amazon
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Make sure that your firmware is updated correctly. Also make sure the games are the correct region for the unit you're playing on. You may have an incorrect region setup on the PS3. PS3 games are region locked, either being PAL or NTSC. If the PS3 is set to read PAL (by being set to a region that is PAL, like the UK, Europe, and Japan) it will not read or play an NTSC disc.
Misconfigured or corrupted firmware installations can also cause this problem. Furthermore, pirated games will not play, because they do not have the appropriate security key on the disc.
You can try testing this by creating a new profile on the PS3 and trying to play the games. If you can play them with the new profile, then there is a corruption with the old profile. If you can't play them in the new profile, then it could be the firmware.
Lastly you may have a blown drive. Most PS3 games are dual layer blu ray discs capable of storing large amounts of data. The blu ray drive in the PS3 uses a sequenced dual laser to read the game. If one of the laser emitters has blown, it won't read the game correctly. However, since it doesn't use both emitters to read blu ray movie disks or dvds they'll still play correctly.
If the ps3 will not read any game or movie but the system it self still turns on it very possible that its your PS3 disc drive or more specifically your drive laser. You can buy a completely new drive or just the laser. The drive can be bought for around $50 or so and the laser for around $30-40. You can also find a tutorial all over youtube.com on how to install the new drive/laser. Hope this helps
Laser has to be bad then if its not reading brand new games or dvds. To verify this though get a can of air and gently blow it into the drive to make sure there is no specs of dirt or dust on the laser.
Now try the games and dvds again and if its still happening then the laser needs to be replaced and you can get them fairly cheap off of Ebay.
When I had a similar issue with my PS2 (GT4 would not load) it was because the disk-reading laser was misaligned. That happened after using the system for many years, so if your system is new, maybe you can skip to the 2nd part of my answer. A slight misalignment could mean that the disk is still read, but the process takes longer. If COD5 requires frequent access to the disk when booting up - as GT4-, that might explain why other games load properly and COD5 doesn't.
Other potential problems: scratched disk (visible scratches), dirty disk (you can clean with a cloth, sweeping radially from the center to the border of the disk), problem with the COD5 data installed in your PS3 hard disk (try reinstalling the game).
I had a similar problem. My PS3 did not load the disk based games.
Those disk based games were not visible in the game menu. I did not
have problems with the normal movie DVDs or Movie Blu Rays. Those were
working fine. Also downloaded games were working ok.
In case you have the similar problem, you should try the following steps;
The PS3 has a special Recovery Menu, which you can access in the following way;:
1. Turn off Playstation 3. 2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again. 3. Once the System has been shutdown, re-press you finger until you hear 2 consecutive beeps 4. When you hear the 2 beeps take finger off power button. 5. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button 6. The Recovery menu will pop up.
The current Recovery Menu supports:
• Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION 3 System.
• Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.
• Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
• Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION 3.
• Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
• System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION 3 System
Select option "Rebuild Database".
PS3 has executed the DB rebuilding operation, the disc games will be
visible again in the menu and are starting automatically when inserted