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28 Nov 2008
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If your PS3 is not reading disks, there may be a solution.

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O.K I was browsing the U.S forums when i came upon this thread.

Now many of you know that there is a recovery menu built inside the PS3, well if your PS3 is not readng disks this may be the solution to fix it.

 I recommend backing up your data first.

 

Here is the link, last post on the page.

 

Here is it copy and pasted.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you can, I suggest you back up your PS3 first. The menu that you will access to can fully erase your PS3 if you choose the wrong option! I do not take any responsibility! Please proceed at your own risk! If you read and follow the instructions exactly you should not loose any data! Feel free to ask questions if you are confused so you don’t make a mistake!! Sorry, I had to say it, I don’t want anyone mad at me if they make a mistake, don’t back up their data and erase it, and then blame me…

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




The current version of the ps3 firmware has a “recovery console”. 
You access it by 

1. Start with having the system in standby (redlight is on)

2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.

3. Press and hold the power button again and keep holding, it will beep as it turns on and then it will double beep. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try) 

4. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button

You will now have a screen with these options

 

1. Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
2. Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.

CHOOSE THIS ONE 3.Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
4. Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
5. Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
6. System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System

 

 

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THE WRONG OPTION HERE OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA. The one that fixed my blu-ray drive is option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM


I REPEAT CHOOSE RESTORE FILE SYSTEM

 

After this, it is going to restart and bring up a screen reading something like “you have Corrupted System Data. Your PS will now replace this data” Then you choose continue and that should be it.

This option reinstalls the system files and drivers inside the PS3 with the original ones that are stored on your hard drive. In this case, it replaced a corrupted driver for the blu ray drive thus fixing my issue and hopefully yours!! This option will only replace all system files thus saving you from loosing any data that’s stored on your hard drive. Again this option does nothing to your hard drive it reads a file from the drive and rewrites it to the PS3 system.

Here is a video of the recovery screen.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0SPmkV-jco

If you want a more technical understanding of what this is really doing continue reading. DO NOT NEED TO READ THIS TO COMPLETE REPAIR. The PS3 does not boot from your hard drive as a computer does. It has a flash memory like a cell phone that stores all system files and system firmware updates that you get when the PS3 updates. This is why reformatting your hard drive will not fix your problem, none of the system files are stored on your hard drive (ex. XMB, system firmware, etc.) nor do they run from the drive. However, your hard drive does contain a full backup of your SYSTEM files and thus when you choose option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM it rewrites the original system files from your drive (which aren’t corrupted) back to the flash memory which is corrupted thus fixing the problem.


I HOPE THIS HELPS AND AGAIN DONT HESITATE TO ASK QUESTIONS!! 

 

End of copy+paste.

 

This helpful person is called It_is_Me_iT

 

Here is the Youtube video of the recovery menu.

HOPE THIS HELPS!

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Hi guys, 

 

Along with the helpful suggestions in the OP you can also get some handy troubleshooting tips for disc reading issues in this guide

 

Obviously if none of this helps then there may be a fault with the system and you should contact PlayStation Support for help. 

 

SFZ 

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Fantastic find there !
Hope it works for people who have this exact problem.

Nice post mate, I think you will make a lot of people happy with this one ;)
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It didn't work for me but thanks anyway.
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Unlucky mate!, it doesn't seem to work for everyone, your problem might be a hardware problem rather than a software problem.
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Didn't work for me unfortunately. It did find and fix a corruption, but still can't read discs.
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Just tried on my system, reads discs now !

 

was just about to get a new laser...

 

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Well it worked twice....

 

looks like a new laser then?

 

are there different lasers available or are they all the same?

 

 

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I think they are all the same, I would just get a replacment ps3, phone Sony up and they'll get you one, for free i think, bck up your saves beforehand though



This has worked on the U.S forums too so that's more than twice.

Some drive faliures may be hardware based (this is why restoring the drivers will not work) but a lot a software based so restoring the drivers to the original file will fix the corruption.
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I signed up on here just so i can say thanks a lot dude you have saved me a lot of hassle im going to say thanks to the guy on the american board aswell

 

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No problem! :smileyhappy:
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i love you for this
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A guy from my clan has this problem, i have sent him a link to the thread, lets see if it works.
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Goog luck guys! lets keep this bumped.
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I'm gonna try this now *fingers crossed*

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didn't work, tried it 3 times...
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Some of you problems may be Hardwre related, this can only fix software problems.
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didnt work for me :( ah well . . .worth a try, thanks for the post mate
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If you check the archives of all these problems you will find that the laser is either dirty or faulty.
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It was worth a try but its not having it.

 

phoned sony and they are going to send a replacement, even though my console is well out of waranty.

 

they were very helpfull and understanding.

 

 

A+ to customer service.

 

 

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