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My PS3 will only read disk media SOMETIMES

When I turn on my Playstation, 4/5 it won't read whats in the drive. I've tried reinserting the disk ect. The only solution is turn to turn the system off several times until it reads. The strange thing is that when it does read the disk on start-up, I can take out the disk in the tray and put in a new one and it will read it. I even tried a total system restore but that only temporarily fixes the problem. My system is only a month old and has been doing this from the first time i inserted a disk, now I'm really fed up with it and help would be appriciated. Thanks!

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This is a weird fix, but I've read of some people finding success by removing their hard drive and turning the PS3 on without one in. You won't be able to use the PS3 in any meaningful way, but you might be able to eject the disk. Here's a nice guide to removing it. Afterwards put the hard drive back in and hope for the best.

You could also try booting into the recovery console, but if it won't turn on for more than 2 seconds you might not be able to get to it. Still worth a shot though.
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I've actually gone through the same situation myself when I first got my PS3; I got the disk out by just constantly hitting the eject button. Randomly it worked and popped out, but I was still unable to turn it on for more than 2 seconds. I ended up having to send it in for repair which might be what you need to do. Here's the link to their service/repair website. It's not a fun process; if you're out of warranty it costs $100-$150, and either way it takes at least 3 weeks and you'll lose all your saved data. I remember the questionnaire asks if a game is stuck in the console or not, but I'm unsure as to how reliable they are at returning it.

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Let me run through what is going on and how you can fix it:


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It is possible to fix the PS3 games reading error from home because as mentioned above all you are doing is readjusting the laser.

Now if you want to go down this route check out the reviews of the top guides and see what they offer first below:

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