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sorry if i have repeated other threads, but im looking for a specific answer, where nobody is giving me a clear explaination.

 

Back to the question, I have a 3rd gen 80GB PS3 and i had it for a year and a half. Today, i have played the entire last mission of Battlefield Bad Company 1. When it came to the final stages, the cutscenes were glitching and juddering until it froze. i pressed skip. The gameplay was still working, although the voices and some gunfire noises were gone. when i shot down the heli, it showed another frozen cutscene. i pressed skip this time and it lead to another one which was unskippable. At this point none of the controller commands where working, so i was forced to do a manual eject. it kept making buzzes. That left me with a reboot.

 

While the ps3 retained normal function, the disc was no longer showing in the GAME menu. i ejected and re-inserted the game and the drive was not making any noise it is supposed to, but the prossessing logo keeps on going and going. I put in a few other games, the same thing. I have yet to try out CDs and DVDs, but i hope at least they work when BDs do not.

 

I have read several walkthroughs and "warnings", but all it has done is furthur confuse me. I know a fault has occured in the drive (and in bad timing to do so), but what i dont know is if it is a SOFTWARE(corrupted driver) or HARDWARE(worn out mechanisms) problem with the drive, and what the best option is for either case.

 

I request a technical but straightfoward answer if you can.

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Sound to me as if you just have a hardware issue with the blu ray laser. Since the cut scenes require the disk usage more I would suspect. The laser dying on you would cause it to be weak and not at 100% strength causing it to freeze up trying hard to read the disk and not being able to due so therefore the game would be freezing on you.

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I heard that there is a technique to solve software issues.

 

:backup>

forced recovery>

reinstall drivers>

full reformat >

backup recovery:

 

I played BFBC for a whole year, and it had run flawlessly before, so it was not asking for alot of power from the drive. but if the lens HAS worn out, what do i do? where do i find a replacement drive? i have enough skill to understand the underlying fundamentals, but i fear the drive is placed in a fagile or sofisticated location, like the parts of the dualshock 3. Is it easy?

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Your lens has to be bad on the PS3 then unless your getting the YLOD. I've never heard of a software problem on the PS3 causing it to not read disks. And I have never heard of the reinstall driver option on the PS3. Just search youtube and you will find videos on how to disassemble your ps3 and replace the whole drive/lens. Use google to find a place to purchase the lens but make sure you get the correct lens for your PS3

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if a new PS3 slim is $300

and repairs/replacement outside of the 1Y warranty is $150

what is the typical cost of the drive?

 

i CAN do repairs, and I understand its cheaper, but i think it will be much easier overall to hand it in to Sony.

 

I dont even know the specific source of the fault; control chip, lens, BIOS, motor, etc. and there is the risk that replacing the drive does nothing and the problem lies outside the drive. To add to the problem, i do not know where to get the PS3 drive or "repair kit" without going online (and i cannot buy anything online for simple reasons, thats why the only way i can buy DLC is tru voucher cards)

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this is the kind of thing i have

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwFoL3KUJ8Y]YouTube - PS3 DISC ERROR, DISC DRIVE PROBLEM[/ame]

 

can somebody give a clear answer?

 

i how have 2 options before im left with the more risky measures:

 

-reformat + back up (also eliminating the vacant 11GB that was intended for Linux)

-use disc cleaner (assuming that the lack of the spin is from a dirty lens)

 

where do i buy the whole drive in situations where either the lens or control chip is actually damaged?

the PS3 does not really help narrow down to the specifc faulty component.

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I don't think that it's necessarily that people aren't interested in helping you, it's that you have a very specific and technical question. I'm guessing people don't know the answer.

 

In my few minutes with google I found that you are looking at around $80 for an "unused" laser. Though, is it really unused? From what I know, Sony doesn't sell these parts, so the reseller must be getting them from somewhere unless they are breaking down new systems for parts.

 

The way I see it, you are looking at a $70 difference for the chance that your fix works. If it doesn't, then you are still out the $150 for Sony or $300 on new system.

 

This happened to me last year with similar symptoms as yours. For me I sprung for the new slim. Later I came to find out that my local gamestop buys broken ps3 consoles. I got $70 for my broken system...and they knew ahead it wasn't reading discs. That saved me a little money and still allows for system to system transfer of all your data.

 

Sorry for the wall of text...good luck to you.

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I don't think that it's necessarily that people aren't interested in helping you, it's that you have a very specific and technical question. I'm guessing people don't know the answer.

 

In my few minutes with google I found that you are looking at around $80 for an "unused" laser. Though, is it really unused? From what I know, Sony doesn't sell these parts, so the reseller must be getting them from somewhere unless they are breaking down new systems for parts.

 

The way I see it, you are looking at a $70 difference for the chance that your fix works. If it doesn't, then you are still out the $150 for Sony or $300 on new system.

 

This happened to me last year with similar symptoms as yours. For me I sprung for the new slim. Later I came to find out that my local gamestop buys broken ps3 consoles. I got $70 for my broken system...and they knew ahead it wasn't reading discs. That saved me a little money and still allows for system to system transfer of all your data.

 

Sorry for the wall of text...good luck to you.

 

thx but right now i only want the model code of the drive kit (not lens-only), for 3rd gen PS3s

 

do you know?

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