Project Rescue PS3

My trusty PS3 became not so trusty anymore.
When I was playing a game, the game just hung. First I thought it was the game or the operating system that faulted. However after rebooting my PS3 no longer wanted to read any disks, not games, not blueray movies, not plain old DVDs.

Since I like my PS3 and I only upgraded the harddisk from a 40GB to a 500GB, I wasn’t ready to give up on it.

First trying the non evasive ways of fixing it. Cold booting, going into the diagostics,… nothing helped.

Time to open it up.

I followed a few “guidelines” online for cleaning the drive and the lens. Reassembling it again… nothing.

Digging a little further, I moved the laser assembly manually and I turned the PS3 on while it was all open. In a normal drive the laser will position itself to the start position, reflect some light to see if a disk is present and then spin up the motor. But after turning the PS3 on, nothing happened.

So my current conclusion, the laser assembly positioning motor is broken. I’ve ordered a new one for € 11 (delivery included). It should be here in a few days. Let’s see how that goes.

To be continued…

One Response to “Project Rescue PS3”.

  1. I’m very curious how it’s going to turn out 🙂
    Good luck!!

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