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Old 07-02-2012, 11:14
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Over the last few months my (original style i.e. big) PS3 has started to intermittently fail to read bluray and games. Sometimes it fails to recognise them when first inserted or if the PS3 has been powered on with a disc in. Sometimes powering off and back on fixes this but other times I have to remove and reinsert the disc a number of times before the PS3 'sees' it. Although the blue light to indicate a disc is inserted does light every time.

More recently (last month) I have noticed the disc eject mechanism appears to be failing too as sometimes when eject is pushed the disc only comes a little way out and sometimes doesn't even come past the disc cover. Usually ejecting again does get the disc out, though I wonder if the mechanism problem could be related to the recognising the disc issue i.e. maybe the disc isn't going quite as far in as it should?

Are these known issues with the older PS3 consoles?

Alternatively I was wondering if the Bluray lens might simply be dirty or dusty. I did have a similar issues with a Nintendo Wii last year and the official lens cleaning kit fixed the problem right away. Rather than expensive repairs, perhaps I should just try a Bluray lens cleaner, does anyone know a good one as I've only seen CD/DVD ones in the past?

If it is more serious would I be better to simply get one of the new slimline PS3 consoles instead? Is it true that these tend to have much better reliability than the older big consoles?

The thing is I do have a Playstation Plus account on this PS3 and mamny downloaded games that I would not want to lose. How easy is it to transfer the account and games to a new PS3?
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:21
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Very easy to transfer your account. Just simply log into PSN with your log in details and it is done. Just make sure to deactivate your current PS3 first so you don't lose one of your two activation slots. A quick google will tell you how to if you don't know.

Then it is just a case of re-downloading your downloads from your download history.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:38
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Very easy to transfer your account. Just simply log into PSN with your log in details and it is done. Just make sure to deactivate your current PS3 first so you don't lose one of your two activation slots. A quick google will tell you how to if you don't know.

Then it is just a case of re-downloading your downloads from your download history.
When you say two activation slots does that mean that if I wanted to I could have my playstation network account (and the associated games) on upto two PS3 consoles?

If that is possible then I might well keep the current PS3 simply for playstation network games and it's excellent streaming abilities e.g. iPlayer and Netflix and pick up a new PS3 for disc based games. Though I'd prefer to fix the existing one if there is any hope of it being an easy fix.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:51
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When you say two activation slots does that mean that if I wanted to I could have my playstation network account (and the associated games) on upto two PS3 consoles?

If that is possible then I might well keep the current PS3 simply for playstation network games and it's excellent streaming abilities e.g. iPlayer and Netflix and pick up a new PS3 for disc based games. Though I'd prefer to fix the existing one if there is any hope of it being an easy fix.
Yes, you use your PSN bought games etc on two consoles. For iPlayer etc it doesn't need to be activated so that wouldn't use a slot.
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Old 07-02-2012, 14:51
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Could be the Blu Ray mech is on it's way out.

Does the issue happen with standard audio CD's or PS2 games?

This is how my BR mech started playing up on my 60gb phatty before it failed. The lens for PS2 and audio CD's is separate so still worked.

I bought a new BR mech from ebay and tried self repair. Got most of it swapped over okay, but bodged the loading arms so it didn't eject properly still.

In the end I used PS-Pros who got it picked up and returned within a few days. That was almost couple of years ago.

The Phatty is still going strong now with a larger HDD, although I have recently used PS-Pros again to fix my YLOD.
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Old 07-02-2012, 21:48
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Regarding the disc read error in my original post, anyone have any ideas if it can be easily fixed or of where I can get a decent Bluray lens cleaner or will a DVD one work just as well?
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Old 22-04-2012, 14:00
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I did actually buy a lens cleaning disc which seemed to work initially but the problem quickly returned. Now I am finding it hardly reads blurays at all but if I play the lens cleaner briefly then put a bluray (game or film) in right after it will read it just fine but then next time it fails to read it again so i have to put in the lens cleaner again and so on.

The problem does definitely seem to be isolated to the Bluray part, I put in a audio CD and it read perfect first time and the lens cleaner is actually in DVD format and again reads no problem.

I know the machine is probably going but it seems odd as once you get it over the initial hurdle of recognising the disc it reads perfectly, there are no pauses in game and load times are fast as ever.

Regarding the actual disc mechanism, this does seem to have fixed itself it now ejects fine each time, it's just making it recognise the disc.
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Old 22-04-2012, 18:57
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Mine had the same problem and would not read any disc at all, so no faffing about I just went and bought a new Bluray laser mechanism from consolepart4u just pick the one you need( make sure you get the screwdriver) and follow the instructions you receive or Google it.
Mine has been fine since
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