Hardware Failure: My Playstation 2.5


"So I ran into a bit of a snag with my PlayStation 3 last week when I went to pick up Iron Man only to discover my system would not play Blu-ray games or movies any longer. PlayStation 2 games and DVDs run just fine, but Blu-ray just poops out without even trying to read the disc. I had put off calling support in the same way I generally put off calling the doctor, hoping that whatever is wrong will just fix itself (Mike, your arm's fallen off - It'll get better!), but after wistfully browsing the Blu-ray movie aisle at a local retail establishment it was time to make the call.

After navigating the PlayStation support line's various menus and advertisements, I got on the line with a support specialist I will call Denise, mainly because I completely forgot to write down her real name. Denise had never encountered this particular issue before, so she put me on hold to research a bit in between restoring the system's default setting and performing a hard reset. The verdict? My poor little PS3 is dead."

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Kyur4ThePain3867d ago

I didn't know the PS3 had two seperate for DVDs and PS2 games, and one for Blu-Rays.

PirateThom3867d ago

It's all one drive, but it has two lasers (all Blu-ray drives do). The violet laser can't read DVDs, so for DVD (or in this case, PS2/PS/DVD playback), there's also a red laser.

MikeGdaGod3867d ago

they couldn't wait for this

Dannagar3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )


What are you talking about? Playstation 3 has a single drive and a single Laser that reads PSOne(CD-Rom), PS2 (DVD-Rom) and PS3 (Blu-Ray) games. There are numerous reasons his PS3 could have stopped working. He's probably right about the dust on the laser. However, if he smokes, that could kill the system. The fans draw in the smoke and cloud the laser. A Blu-Ray disc has more info to read (or more compressed info) and the laser probably can't focus on it (due to dust or smoke) But it can still focus on DVDs, DVD-ROMs and CDs.

In addition, Blu-Rays, DVD and CDs read and different spin rates. Do you remember the Disc Read Error for Playstation 2? The reason some systems would read one type of disc over the other is because the spin rate slows or changes over time or due to usage. It's just wear and tear. It's also an easy fix (at least for me). If there's dust on the Laser, you just open the system and clean it off with a Q-Tip and alcohol. If it's the spin rate, you have to re-adjust the voltage (under the laser). That's a bit harder.

The Lazy One3867d ago

the PS3 has 2 lasers. A red and a blue one.

Dannagar3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

When I say Laser, I'm mean Laser Lens. The picture I posted is a PS3 replacement drive. Theres no multiple drives or flipping lasers. Everything is a unit, one, uno, ichi.

Sev3867d ago

No duh there isnt 2 separate drives. He is being sarcastic. I FN hate Kotaku with such a passion. They go so far out of their way to make the PS3 look inferior.

The drive is either broken or it isnt. It doesnt pick and choose which discs it wants to read.

Another thing. They deserved to have their PS3 break if they actually bought Ironman.

The Lazy One3866d ago

IC... the way you said it was a little confusing.

Tarasque3866d ago (Edited 3866d ago )

Well my ps3 wouldn't read crap after the first 2 month's roughly. Sent it in and got it back a few week's later. It has been about 3 month's since i got it back and all of the sudden it ocasionally won't read disk. Exactly how it started first time.

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CViper3867d ago

All don't have above average failure rates.

I guess it is shocking when a system that works fine for so many people breaks though. Its like seeing the sasquatch.

Proxy3867d ago

Every individual electronic failure deserves its own story IMO.

Chubear3867d ago

Seems their checks finally came in.

unjust3866d ago

First GTA4 freezes now system failures maybe not that bad, but lets not forget what happened to Microsoft rrod which has happened to me 2times already and I'm not giving up. PS3 claims its perfect in every way,but these Next-Gen systems will undoubtabley have problems when they are trying to run for more advanced technologies from the past systems.

LightningPS33867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

but how is one persons hardware failure really such interesting news? There's millions of these out there.

Imagine how many Toyota's break every year.

pwnsause3867d ago

its kotaku, the biggest anti-PS3 site ever created, thats why.

actas1233867d ago

Kotaku are just annoying. I think they are after whats left of credability in their site.
Sarcastic gamer and kotaku are just a bunch of losers.

killer_trap3867d ago

toyotas don't break. i used to have a camry and i once ran for 6 months with 25,000km without changing the engine oil then took the car to check it up and everything was in order!!!!! oh and since we're talking about things breaking here, i broke a nail. there thats news for ya.

Tetsuryu3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

You're right. Toyota's are reliable vehicles. Mine hasn't had any problems for 50k+ miles thus far.

Muff1nB4k3r3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

Toyota's eh?

Watch this:

but back on topic... I guessed so, as aren't disk lasers on anything the most likely to go kaput first?


and the other parts -part 2(a)


Tetsuryu3867d ago

Holy Sh*t!

Thanks for the links.

pwnsause3866d ago (Edited 3866d ago )

lol they sell the Hilux in Europe? wow those trucks are monsters BTW.

Tarasque3866d ago

Comparing car's to game console's that's a first.

prowiew3866d ago

I like kotaku. They and joystiq post news with a different and kind of funny approach.

Ps. im really hating all the top 5 or 10 stories that appears every day on n4g. Please stop that

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Breakfast3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

i want to say something dumb...but you guys are to haRdcoRe in the Open i Dont wanna step on anyones toes.

alexM3867d ago

the worst MS DICSUCING BOTS in the universe

and also XBUTTS like you who trolll PS3 threads unnecessarily

Breakfast3867d ago

im not tRying tO make my opinion hearD

JVIDICAN3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

i got your back breakfast XD
and i need some help with ff9's map =P

wAtdaFck3867d ago

lol, bReakfast and his subliminal messages. I wondeR whats gOing on in his heaD.

Tetsuryu3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )


Speaking of subliminal messages and Chris Crocker...

Edit: A warning to everyone, do not and I repeat DO NOT watch Chris Crocker's latest video (posted 4 days ago). It's even more disturbing than the BME Pain Olympics. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go throw up.

Surfman3867d ago

bReakfast is doing pRetty well, his messages are cOmpletly hiDden an unreadable

Snukadaman3867d ago

whats funny is that rrod story was proven fake and look at all those droids savoring in the rrod goodness....karma indeed.

Sir Ken Kutaragi3867d ago

The xBot Lemmings Try and Try to Destroy the MIGHTY PlayStation Brand!!!
But NEVER will!!! ;-D

'PLAY-BEYOND...xBox 360's 'Cartoons Of War 2' LIMITS!!!' ;-D

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wow4u3867d ago

Drive errors on the PS3 isnt exactly rare news. Pretending otherwise is silly.

Exactly what this reporter is describing is pretty common in fact.

sonarus3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

How common is it... do you know anyone that it has happened to? I know at least 4 ppl who have ran thru more than one 360. If it makes you feel better to say its common then go ahead.

In fact the last event Msoft attended, didn't one of the 360's suffer from a disk drive error and it couldn't read any discs?. I know of another one where the 360 on the show floor suffered RROD.

Seriously trying to compare this to RROD is a retarded fantasy

Mikey_Gee3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

Dude, talk about jumping to conclusions. The guy never even talked about the RROD ..... YOU brought it up. Not sure why you feel the need to jump to a PS3 VS 360 driven comment.

Seriously trying to compare this to RROD is a retarded fantasy

WHEN ... WHERE ... did he compare it to the RROD ??????????

just a little defensive ........ WOW

All the "Blind Faith" can Disagree all you want, just saying that dude made NO MENTION of the RROD, and an assumption was made.

Funny Really !!

WIth that being said, I think this article is a waste. The PS3 fail rate is FAR LOWER than the 360. I mean I love my 360, but I would NEVER buy a USED one. However, I had ZERO issue or hesitation in buying a used PS3.

Now bring on KZ and LBP ... oh, and chuck in HOME and XMB as well. Can't wait.

sonarus3867d ago

lol i must admit, i may have strayed off point a bit there. but when 360 fanboys start going after PS3 hardware failure its silly to me. Its like telling someone they have smelly food when you have no food at all.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones thats all. If someone else had said it, i probably wouldn't have reacted in such a cannibalistic manner. :D

Mikey_Gee3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

Dude, I can see why fanboys from both camps jump on each other so fast, but I sure as hell do not understand why. I guess it just really annoys the crap out of me. Folks talk about consoles like religions. When in reality the console makers could not give a hoot about you or I ... as I long as we give them our $$$. So I find it hard to grasp the DIE HARD attitude some show toward a brand. I am one of the lucky that have both the 360 and the PS3 and can evaluate both for what they really are, as well as the give and understand a personal hands on assessment of what each does well ... and not so well. And like it or not, each has GOOD POINTS and BAD POINTS.

I have no intention of ever giving up my PS3 .... but you know what .... my 360 is not going anywhere either ... ;-)

As I said, in the end I guess I just want to play good games REGARDLESS of what machine the game disc spins in. And the over defensive stance many take on this (and many other) sites tends to get REAL OLD, REAL FAST !!!


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