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This thread is NOT designed as a discussion thread - I've posted it up purely in an attempt to try and get suggested solutions into one place, hopefully saving having to re-type all the options each time someone asks what to do
This thread is also written for owners in the UK - owners elsewhere may have different options, or different laws that apply, but I don't know those in any detail at all - sorry!
Please note that it is NOT designed to look into WHY your drive failed
The first thing to do...
It may sound obvious, but the first thing to do is double check that you drive really has failed.
Do this by trying other games & blu-ray discs.
Bear in mind that some dying lasers will work, then stop working, then work for a while - before dying completely.
ALL PS3s use 2 lasers - one (red) one for DVDs and CDs, and one (blue) one for games and blu-rays. Often, if a laser fails, it will only be one of these (usually the blue one).
So if your PS3 happily plays DVDs, but not PS3 games, chances are the laser has died
You have MANY options, and I have tried to list them all below.
I would suggest trying option 1 first, just in case, but after that you can choose any of the others, and I have tried to detail the pros and cons of each option to aid your choice
Wait for Sony to release a firmware update to fix it
I haven't given this option a number, as the chances of it happening range between zero and nothing.
I'm most definitely going to side step the whole issue of "firmware 3.x" or "game XYZ" broke my blu-ray, but suffice to say that once it is physically broken, it is broken.
No software fix from Sony is ever going to be able to resurrect a blown laser lens or motor.
That said, SOME blu-rays do stop working because of corrupt drivers in the PS3, which is why I have included option 1 below. :)
But if that doesn't work, chances are high that you have a hardware failure - and no amount of software fixes are likely to resolve it.
Option 1) Restore File System
TRY a safe boot, option 3, restore file system. This doesn't often work, but is free and doesn't do any harm
Follow the link below, taking particular note of the implications of choosing the wrong option.
Be careful when doing this, as selecting the wrong option could wipe your HDD - removing all game saves, music, photos, PSN IDs - the lot!
Pros - It's free, and it might work
Cons - It might not fix your drive
Option 2) Claim on your warranty
Check if your PS3 is in warranty. If it is - claim!
All PS3s come with a 1 year Sony warranty from new in the UK.
Some retailers give a 1 year warranty on pre-owned PS3s
Some retailers offer to sell extended warranties when you first purchase the PS3 (new or pre-owned)
Sony used to offer 'continuous play' which was a rolling warranty - but they stopped offering that becuase it was being abused
But basically, if you have ANY kind of warranty, claim on it
See the later posts for what to do with your save games etc first though, before sending it off, as you will be offered a repair, or a replacement
Pros - It's free (or at very least you have already paid for it!
Cons - Hassle of having to save your game saves, deactivate your account etc.
Option 3) Return to Sony (replacement)
Call Sony - who will quote you between £100 and £140 to replace it (for a refurb with 3 month warranty). A refurb is a unit which has previously been sent back by someone else and has been repaired with new parts as required and put in a new case. A van will arrive with it, and take yours away, never to be seen by you again.
Phone numbers are in the sticky thread at the top of the PS3 General Discussion board - click here
Again, see the later post for what to do with your games saves etc before sending it off.
Pros - you will get a shiny new (looking) PS3 of the same model as the one you send them. So if you send them a 60Gb, you will get a 60Gb back. :)
Sony refurbs come with an intact Sony warranty sticker (which may be important if you wish to sell it at a later date) :)
You get a 3 month warranty.
Cons - although Sony claim to make no profit on this, it is rather expensive
You only get a 3 month warranty.
Option 4) Return to Sony (repair)
Call Sony and ask for a repair. Sony sometimes do this (same price ish). It has the advantage of getting your PS3 back (if they can fix it) - but it takes 2-3 weeks typically.
I believe you get a 3 month warranty with repairs
Numbers are the same as above. Make certain that you specify why you are looking for therepair option (game saves etc)
Pros - you get your console back. Which means that (in theory) all your game saves etc should still be on it
As with replace, the console comes back with an intact Sony warranty sticker.
Cons - the time delay
As with replace, not a cheap option.
Although in theory you should get your PS3 back intact, probably just as well to backup your game saves etc before sending it away. Just in case.
Option 5) 3rd Party repair
Definitely not an option to take lightly, as any 3rd party repair will involve opening the PS3, thus removing the warranty sticker and voiding any remaining warranty, and negating any chance of returning it to the retailer (see later).
Pros - 3rd party repair will possibly be cheaper, and may be quicker (check first).
You may get a longer warranty (non Sony), but check first
You should get your console back, so save games etc are still there.
Cons - no Sony warranty sticker, voided warranty, no chance of returning to retailer, lower resale value at a later date.
Option 6) DIY fix
At first glance, this may seem like an attractive option
However, there are some serious pitfalls...
In no particular order:
The minefield of the DIY fix:
Did I mention that you are best off having a dead laser fixed by professionals?
Option 7) Take the PS3 back to the retailer
Some owners, having had a blu-ray drive failure, have received 'goodwill gestures' from retailers.
This usually involves a fair amount of effort on your part, but may be something that you wish to investigate further.
Pros - You could get some money back, or money towards a replacement PS3.
Cons - You might not, and you may well have to work hard to get anything. You will also need to save your data etc as mentioned in previous options.
Option 8) Buy a new PS3
Obviously a tad extreme solution to a dead blu-ray drive, but it might be the impetuous you were waiting for
Pros - you now own 2 PS3s!
You can sell the dead one once you have all the data off it
You can use the 3.15 firmware option to transfer ALL data onto the new PS3 (including locked saves, but maybe not singstar songs). Click Data Transfer for details
You can buy an extended warranty at the same time (from some retailers)
Con - selling your old PS3 takes time and effort
You will obviously not get a HUGE amount of money for it (at time of writing, PS3s with dead blu-ray are going for about £80 on ebay)
You need to be careful about how you describe the fault (ie VERY clear!)
You need to watch out for scammers who buy your PS3 and then claim they didn't know it was broken, and send you back a VERY dead (YLOD?) PS3 instead of the one you sold to them...
Game saves - the issues
One more thing to consider before deciding what route to take...
Game Saves - specifically locked ones.
Many of the options above result in you getting a new (to you) PS3.
Before sending your dead one off (be it for repair or replacement), you should take a full backup of everything you wish to keep.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to do this with locked game saves
The ONLY way to get locked game saves from one PS3 to another is with the 'data transfer' utility from firmware 3.15
And to do that, you need to be in possession of BOTH PS3s at the same time...
One other thing to note - your PSN ID account details.
If you are sending your PS3 away for replacement, or selling it / trading it in, you must ensure that you have removed your account from it first.
Not only do Sony only allow your account to be active on 5 consoles at any one time, but leaving your account on the old PS3 could make it available to whoever ends up with it (potentially).
Before doing anything at all with the data, sign in to PSN and sync your trophies.
This will ensure you don't lose any
If using the 3.15 data transfer option - after transferring all your data (and checking it worked), you might want go back to your old PS3 and deactivate your accounts (XMB, account settings, deactivate) if you haven't already.
Some owners have reported that they could only data transfer with a 'cross over' network cable, whilst others worked fine with a 'normal' one.
The official info (link above) states either will work.
Connection does have to be direct though - not via a router.
Wrap up and disclaimers
ALL of the above, whilst gathered from my time on this forum and elsewhere, is MY understanding of the situation.
It is NOT in any way connected with Sony or Sony's official policy, or anything like that at all.
Unfortunately, I can take no responsibility for the outcome should you decided to act on any of the information in this thread, and I strongly suggest that you do further investigation before embarking down any of the routes mentioned.
In particular you should note:
My PS3 40gb model froze when playing Yakuza 4. I could hear the lens reading the game. I had to shut the system down. Turn the system back on and the disc icon does not show on the XMB. The system does know the disc is in as the circle on the top right corner is spinning, plus the system makes a noise when you put a disc in, then it stops. I have tried option 3 on safe mode but the only corrupt file was my Killzone 3 dynamic theme. I have tried the demo trick but that didn't work either.
I bought my PS3 when they first came out and had it replaced 3 times due to DB failure so it was replaced for a ne 80GB PS3 which today failed to read any games or blue-ray movies, it has now started working again but am worried that the same problem is on the way with the PS3 7 months past warranty.
What are my options and where do I stand with this problem?
Thank you first of all, sony have told me the same thing as your options above and if that dont work it will cost £130 to get my PS3 replaced after having my PS3 replaced 4 times in 4 years which in my opinion is pretty poor.
Should have bought an X-box lol
Thanks all the same :smileyhappy:
mine did the exact same thing its now 7months after the warranty and the drive has died on me
you say that all ps3's have 2 lasers mine only has 1 only some have 2 lasers
I could perhaps have been a bit more specific, apols for any confusion.
All PS3s have 2 laser diodes - one for the red laser (DVD and CD), and one for the blue laser (blu-ray movies and games).
Some have one laser lens, whereas other have two.
I just used 'laser' as a term to include both the laser diode and the lens as a single unit - which was rather sloppy of me, sorry :)
Hi, My Laser fail (or so I was lead to believe), my PS3 doesn't read any disks. So my partner bought from ebay a new laser head, this worked for about 15 minutes. I then took my PS3 to a local repair guy who replaced the laser again for £70. Again it worked for about 15 minutes. I am now wondering whether to go down the new PS3 route as I have already spent over £100 and got nowhere. Do the new PS3s have been parts in them?
my ps3 won't jus download the update software, and black ops came out recently and then it says 'this game has a new software update avaible for download' *****? IT RECENTLY CAME OUT, SO NO BULLSH!T!
but yeah it comes to 50% and then it gets stuck with an error
and no, my internet connection is perfect and VERY fast,
i think im gonna let it do a maintance (check if something is wrong) then i will add a LAN cable from my router to ps3 so it downloads software updates automaticly,
can someone help me with this please?
Restoring the file system seems to have done the trick, I am forever in your debt TTdegs, very much appreciated! :D :D :)
Nevermind, tried F1 2010 again this morning and it worked happily for about half an hour before the same problem occurred. It's always happens in the same way; the music cuts out and the race engineer is silent and you hear a blipping sound intermittently then when you try and exit it just freezes.
Probably only worked at all there because i'd left it overnight. I heard a faint wheezing sound coming from my PS3 after I switched it off
Does this sound like a blu-ray drive failure? I'm doubting it's the game at this stage because my PS3 was having problems loading F1 Championship Edition as well.
Try any other game/Bluray, sounds more like a dirty/damaged disk.
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