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Ps3 disc drive not working.

On the Ps3 system, if i insert a ps3 game, movie or audio cd, the top right hand side load icon comes up then stops after 30 secs, no icon appears in the game, movie or music section of the xmb.

I then boot my ydl 6.1 linux, insert a dvd or cd and the same, a error msg comes up no media in drive.

I know the lens needs either cleaning or replacing but i don't wont to fork out on a blueray disc lens cleaner if it will not work and a replacement as to be done. The disc also ejects fine pressing the eject button on the ps3 console. Can anyone help as my funds are pretty low.

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You've done everything I would have done honestly. Take a can of air and blow it into the drive to make sure dirt or dust isn't on the laser which could affect if it sees discs or not.

The better thing to try if you are good at opening up your ps3 and then removing your drive and opening that is to take a damp q-tip with a bit of glass cleaner and clean your laser in the drive gently. Then put the drive back together and hook the cables back up to the ps3. You can leave the cover to the ps3 off for this step. Turn on the ps3 and try different blu-ray, dvd's, music cd's, game discs, etc. If it still doesn't read any of them then either the laser or the drive i bad. If it reads some discs and not others then its a weak laser and the laser would need to be replaced.

If you have to replace the laser or the drive, you can do a search on Ebay and usually find them fairly cheap.

Hope this helps and let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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