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PS 3 Blu Ray drive not working

Hi Folks,

I have a issue with my PS3 with regards to the Blu ray disk's not picking up any games, however the PS3 will pick up music CDs.

I have cleaned the lens by taking the unit apart and still have the same issue.

The reason i have had to do this is coz my PS3 is a 80gb and was brought on ebay and is an import and sony will not touch it in the uk.

So if anyone knows where i can get my hands on a new blu ray drive please let me know as i'm more than happy to fit this however want to make sure that the blu ray drive is the issue and that i get the correct one that will work


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  • blurayissue Jun 01, 2008

    I'm not complaining my brother have an import us 80gb and I'm from the uk and Sony would not support this.

    However i have a 60gb UK version and I have no issues

    Thanks for your help

    Looks like i'm going to have to buy a new Blu ray Disc from the US

  • dfroelicher Jan 16, 2009

    hey silver what about just changing the drive components that are bad and keeping the same control board in the drive.

  • Tset Tsyung Feb 22, 2009

    Hey Silver.

    I had a similar problem with my Xbox 360. The problem was that the spindle the disk sits on to spin wasn't acutally moving. Because of the Make and model of the drive I was able to open the unit, pop the spindle out of the motor itself and lubricate it with white silicon grease (I'm assuming that's the best thing to use - don't quote me on it though). That will allow the motor to spin up to the necessary speeds...

    in theory...

  • dgonzales Mar 26, 2009

    My son's playstation 3 is not working so we took it in for a free estimate and they told us that the blue ray is not working and would need to be replaced/repaired and the cost to fix it would be $175.00. Is this a good deal?



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Silver Surfer is half right I just fixed this issue my PS3 YLOD'd so I bought a used one with a bad Blu Ray player, I tried to swap and the system wouldn't read it, i then looked at this post and said what Silver Surfer said was impossible, but through further thought I figured out the Blu Ray Controller card is what is linked to the system not the drive, so I put the controller from the bad Blu Ray on my good one and I was back in business. 5 screws to pull the controller off, it took me about 20 minutes once I knew the issue.
Good Luck!!!

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I've done this on Xbox 360's and have just started to look into repairng PS3's.

Can you open the drive and then pop the disk spindle out of the motor? If so make sure that the lubrocant hasn't dried up or gunked up - I think white silicon grease is a good one to use but don't quote me.

Worth trying this before paying the £60 or whatever for for a new mech-tray.

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Hi there guys I have the same problem also!, and came across
this website i'm going to order a drive during the week!.

Hope this info helps ya!

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Hi im silver surfer, i work in a ps3 repair center and have a little bad new's for you all that own ps3 can NOT just take out a bd drive "blue ray drive" and put it in another console or put a new bd drive in a console. IT WONT WORK... the drive has to be programed to your ps3.and to do this your ps3 has to be put into factory mode to program it,this equipment you need to do this is very hard to come by,

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