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My PS3 plays games fine..but does not play blurays or dvds, and when i quit the game to do a software update or try and change internet settings- i get a black screen- this is using a hdmi....

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Yes you will need to get the Blu ray lens cleaned to do this you will need to either use a good guide or send it back in and they will fix it for you.

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Your Blue ray drive is damaged, you need to seek a replacement PS3 or get your current one repaired.

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    Your Blue ray drive is damaged, you need to seek a replacement PS3 or get your current one repaired.

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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.

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