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I have a 40gb PS3 that will not play my downloaded games - just freezes up. I had a bluray problem, replaced it with a working drive and the disc icon doesn;t show up either, so I can't play anything at all. Is this a graphics processor problem? Is there a way to fix it?

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The downloaded games will corrupt the drive,unless the ps3 is upgraded to play burnt games

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This is because your Bluray drive and your PS3 are "paired" but swapping the circuit boards makes it think it using the same drive.

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thats because of a faulty blu ray lens/drive..please call sony asap and tell them..i had the same problem would only play non bluray discs..hope u get it running soon!RFOM2 is coming!! regards!

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