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Midway through watching Casino Royale on Blu-ray last night, my 40GB PS3 (fat) paused and would not play the disc. Tried other Blu-rays with no success. Sometimes the error code 80029906 would appear saying "This is an invalid disc"

Switched to a DVD and it worked fine.

Tried a PS3 game today and it stopped working about 10 mins in. No games work now.

Seeing as how DVD's play but Blu-ray discs (movies & games) don't, does that mean the Blu-ray function is shot?

I purchased in Feb 2008 with no extended warranty. What are my replacement/repair options?
 

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Thank you for your insight.

Aside from the obvious, I'm wondering if anyone here has repaired what sounds like the Blu-ray drive or laser themselves for cheap. I believe the going rate for sending it to Sony for repair is about $150.

Does it even need repair? Can I do some sort of reset?
 

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You could try to clean the disc, but if that doesn't work, it's probably the blu-ray laser is shot. That's a common issue with older PS3's.

There's a whole market of people who sell replacement parts or can fix it for you.

To fix it, you need to be good at dismantling and repairing small things, and you must also do some learning in order to diagnose and figure out what part or parts to order. To do it yourself you're looking at $75 and up depending on what tools you already have. You might be able to find someone to repair it between $75-150.

I guess you could get lucky and find a cheap broken unit that still has a functional blu-ray component that happens to be a perfect match for yours.
 

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V3 firmware update was sometime ago so unless OP just updated, that seems unlikely.

My recommendation is to check craigslist for people that repair PS3's in your neighbourhood. Small little shops sometimes specialize in this and they might be able to fix it without charging you an arm and a leg
 

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Thanks guys. I took to YouTube & Google to find a fix. Lots of people had success going into the diagnostic menu and choosing Rebuild Database, but no such luck.
The only repair place I could find online was in Vancouver @ $130 for a lens replacement.

I ended up price matching EB Games at Future Shop for $50 off any PS3 console, plus trade in two games, which brought the price of the 160GB model down to $210. Sell my old one online (already have an offer for $50), plus a Christmas cheque I forgot to cash, and I'm not out as much as I feared. Now I get to see the TrueHD & DTS-HD MA logos light up on my AVR :p
 

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I doubt that type of information has been published so I think we can just guess.

I assume that it's predicated on usage. I no longer use my PS3 for watching movies and many of my son's games now load from the hard drive so I expect to last much longer now.
 

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Purely anectodal and is only one example, but my friend & I bought our 40GB PS3 at the same time (Feb 2008). He got the 3 year extended warranty. He's already used the warranty twice for the exact same reason mine stopped working. The guy at FS really tried to push the warranty on me (more than usual) due to the number of failures he sees. I'm still considering it and have 30 days to decide. Had I purchased the warranty in 2008, I would just be under the 3 year point. Oh well, not losing sleep over it.
 

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I have an original PS3 - 20GB which I have upgraded to 500GB. Bought shortly after they first went on sale.
 

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This is my conjecture, but laser life probably depends on both time and usage. The early gen units have begun showing increasing failure in the last couple of years, and the generation after that in the last year or so. It suggests approx 3-4 years... for the ones that fail.

That's not to say all lasers will fail after 4 years, just that even the ones that die seem to be OK for the first few years.

Updates often rely on major hardware reporting OK, so a dying laser might sometimes show up at update time, leading to misdiagnosis.

Unfortunately since games and movies both rely on the BD-ROM laser, when it dies the unit can't even be used as a movie-only player (unless you like DVD's?) It could be used for online gaming or streaming, or as a source for parts.

Keying of laser mechanics to the drive board to the motherboard add a lot of complexity and constraint to what would otherwise be a pretty simple repair.

The recent 'jailbreak' techniques do allow for playing games off hard drive, which could lower the wear and tear of one's blu-ray laser.
 

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If the Bluray disc is not able to be read, but it can read a DVD, most probably its only a dirty lens. Just a simple cleaning of the BD lens will fix it up. Alas, we will not know as OP has sold the PS3. Anyways, for the next guy, hopefully, they will try cleaning it.
 

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Thanks lawman. I haven't sold it yet (just posted it for sale) so maybe I'll try cleaning the lens and see if it works. I'll probably still end up selling it now that I have a new one.
 

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If the Bluray disc is not able to be read, but it can read a DVD, most probably its only a dirty lens. Just a simple cleaning of the BD lens will fix it up. Alas, we will not know as OP has sold the PS3. Anyways, for the next guy, hopefully, they will try cleaning it.
I hope for Cooper's sake that I'm wrong, but I don't think that is the case at all.
 

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I was looking at doing the repairs my self. (I have a 60gb PS3)
The LED for the blue laser tends to die on the older machines causing the problem. I ended up taking my PS3 to a repair place called Playtime Service. No problems since the repair, and warrantied to boot.

DC:cool:
 
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