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PS3 broken - What's my best option? *UPDATE 12/27*


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#1 Final Starman

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:13 AM

So after a year and half my PS3 decided to call it quits, or more specifically, the blu-ray laser seems shot. Based on the error messages I've gotten, online forum posts, and the PS3 support page it seems my laser is done for. It's hit or miss with reading blu-ray discs, sometimes it can even load them but they soon freeze. This happens with blu ray movies too. DVDs work fine however. Ive tried wiping my HD, restoring the file system, and swapping HDs but to no avail.

I'd really like to just do a repair cheaply and quickly but what guarantee do I have that it won't happen again? Are newer PS3s less prone to this? So what options do I have?

1. Send it to sony, they'll repair it for $156.
2. Buy the part I need and repair it on my own for $90. I'd need a Kes-400A laser deck (laser alone works too and is cheaper)
3. #2 only I sell it after and buy a new, slim PS3.
4. Just buy a new Slim PS3
5. Other (Suggestions please!)

If anyone has experience with this (error 80010514 amongst others) or has any other tips on how to fix my PS3 cheaply I'm all ears.

**UPDATE

So today I followed m_d_amore's posted video and cleaned the PS3 lens but I'm still running into the same issues. Blu-ray discs dont even appear on the XMB sometimes, I guess now it's time to get a new laser. DVDs still work fine.

Edited by Final Starman, 27 December 2009 - 07:58 PM.
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#2 m_d_amore

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:49 AM

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#3 Final Starman

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:53 AM

What led you to replace the laser? Just wondering if its the same situation as mine thought I'm fairly positive it's the laser. Best to be sure though.
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#4 mitch079

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:55 AM

Try this first before replacing the laser if you haven't already - http://www.ps3blog.c...0514-explained/

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#5 crzyjoeguy

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:55 AM

sell it broken and buy a new one.
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#6 Final Starman

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:01 AM

I'm not so sure it's faulty software. The error first happened right in the middle of a blu-ray movie. I installed Red Faction Guerella a few days ago but its worked fine for 6 hours. I've done "restore default settings", "restore PS3", and "rebuild database" but still get errors :(, thanks though.
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:41 AM

If cleaning doesn't work, you're looking at roughly $50-60 for a new laser. Obviously it will be much cheaper to fix this yourself, and afterwards you can sell/trade it and get a PS3 slim.

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#8 Final Starman

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:48 AM

The lens gets dirty. Trying just cleaning it out and making sure the BR lens isn't gummed up. Evidently the rest of the hardware works so if you know where the problem lies start there. A new laser can help but yours half-works so there's not much to lose if you'll buy a laser anyway.


What would I use to clean it?
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 03:53 AM

What would I use to clean it?


Rubbing alcohol, a very small amount.
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#10 m_d_amore

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 04:06 AM

i used saliva worked like a charm cleaning works for a while



i was able to stick in a qtip after taking that white circle thing thus eliminating taking the drive apart but ymmv
its pretty quick to do like 15 min and you can tell immediately if its the lens
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#11 Final Starman

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:38 AM

For the time being I've decided to try a Blu-Ray drive cleaning disc, it uses air currents and not brushes/chemicals. Some reviewers say it revived their "dead" PS3s. It's this one:
http://www.amazon.co...61809433&sr=8-1
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#12 m_d_amore

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 01:20 PM

that wont take off the film on the lens if it has developed
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#13 Final Starman

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:57 PM

I was hoping it was just dust on the lens. I'm worried using another cleaning system could damage the lens.
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 11:46 PM

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 12:46 AM

just open it up bro 30 mins later you should be playing again
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 02:11 AM

Yea I get the feeling that's what'll have to happen. By open it up you mean replace the laser i take it? I was hoping cleaning the lens directly with some rubbing alcohol would fix it.
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 02:40 AM

Sony has shitty service to get it fixed. You're better off trying to track down an old one, buy it and pull the old switcheroo. I know it's not what you're supposed to do, but my PS3 took around 6 months and a call to the district attourney to get it back.

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#18 m_d_amore

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 02:20 PM

open it and clean it first follow the video
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#19 Final Starman

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 04:29 AM

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 05:07 AM

If the Blu-Ray disc cleaner didn't work, try a DVD one with the brush on it. Worst thing that can happen is you Fuck up the laser more. If that doesn't work, just replace the laser. It's not hard, and it's the cheapest option. If you don't want to do that, sell it and buy a new one. (I'll buy the old one. :D )

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 02:47 AM

Bump...hope my laser deck comes soon.
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#22 m_d_amore

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 03:18 AM

that place i ordered from was way quick wit shipping i ordered it on a fri night like 3am had it on mon by 5pm with regular shipping.

whod you order from?
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 03:02 PM

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 05:28 PM

Can you post a link of where you bought your laser after you get it up and running ?

I'm having the same problem with my 60GB .

It's nice to have a $600 PS2 that upscales DVDs, but not that nice .

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 11:48 PM

was it just the laser ? or the cradle too?
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 05:14 AM

I think my cradle (the part that moves the laser) is ok but I got a new one anyway. I got it from this ebay store.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...e=STRK:MEWNX:IT

From what I've read, it seems having a brown clip on the laser means its a new/legit one from Sony, if its white it's a chinese refurb that's likely to break quickly. I'll post again once my PS3 is (hopefully) working again.
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 08:29 PM

Got the part....aaand a clip that holds in a cable snapped off. I tried fixing it so the cable can stay inserted but now my discs won't eject! S*ADY(H*AWJDJAJJ

I give up...might just get a new PS3 at this rate.
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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:19 AM

use triangle if yhe ps3 sees the disc
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Posted 02 January 2010 - 02:19 AM

Update again. Got the disc out, ps3 still won't read blu-rays. Looks like i'm effed.
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