Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
Hi there, it definitely sounds like the blu ray player. They are relatively simple to fit yourself as long as your warranty has expired. If it is still under warranty just phone Sony and they will replace it.
If you warranty has expired then you can buy a working blu ray drive on ebay for around £60. There is a circuit board that is attached to the blu ray drive, it is extremely important that you keep this as it is paired to your motherboard. Your PS3 will only work with that blu ray circuit board, no others.
To actually replace the drive is pretty easy. On the left hand side of your console there is a warranty sticker covering a little rubber bung. If your system is out of warranty peel back the sticker a little so you can remove the rubber bung. Under this rubber bung there is a small torx head screw, I think a T8 torx but a small flat blade screwdriver will take it out.
After you have removed this screw the whole top of the PS3 slides to the left and comes off. Underneath the PS3 top cover there is another plastic cover with screws all around it. As you are looking from the front of the console there is a marking on the plastic cover that points to one screw that says "S", this is a shorter screw and only goes back in that place. Remove all the screws. Just to the left of the short screw there is a small recess in the plastic casing where you have to push a little black clip back gently while lifting the cover from the back of the PS3. It should all lift forward and come off.
On the right hand side of the PS3 you will now see your blu ray drive. It lifts up but be careful, there is a ribbon cable and power cable attached to it. The ribbon cable is hidden underneath. You have to carefully lift the long black strip that is on the clips where the cable is held. This will release pressure on the ribbon cable and allow you to remove it. You will see the blu ray logic board attached to the back of the drive. Remove this from the drive taking care with a very small connector with a black and red wire, this is the optical sensor wires, remove with care!! Nowafter you have done that you are ready to replace your blu ray :)
Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa
Posted on Aug 29, 2010
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