Playstation 3 (PS3) BLU-RAY DRIVE CANNOT TAKE DISC

If you’re experiencing issues with your Playstation Blu-Ray drive, I would recommend following these steps to see if it would help resolve the issue before finding replacement, or worse off, abandoning the PS3 completely. 

The two scenarios that I ran into was:

  1. The Blu-Ray Drive did not feed the Blu-Ray disc and sit in the slot. It was unresponsive, no matter how many times I pushed the Blu-Ray disc into the drive.  
  2. When the Blu-Ray Drive was powered on, it kept spitting the Blu-Ray disc back out. 
Before reading further, you can try to holding the EJECT button, so it forces the Blu-Ray disc out or sort of a cold reboot. Secondly, you can try to tilt your Playstation unit by lifting it up a little off the surface and insert or try to eject the disc. If both fails, feel free to review the solution below. 

The Solution

Step 1: Remove the top cover

You can do this by sliding the top plate towards hard drive bay and lift it out.

Then you will see what’s pictured below. You’ll need a Torx screwdriver, to remove one of the screw.

Torx Screwdriver Opions

Also, please make sure your PS3 is powered off, or disconnect the power cord to be safe.

Step 2: Remove the next lid

Once the cover from the previous step is removed, you should be able to access the internal parts of the PS3 unit.  There will be screws to remove. 

Your Playstation should look like the picture below.

Note: Make sure your power cord is disconnected.

Step 3: Locate the power cable on the left side and the ribbon cable located on the bottom of the Blu-Ray Disc Drive

Be really careful here, you do not want to break any of the wiring. You can choose to disconnect the Blu-Ray Disc Drive power cable by pulling it out of the socket. The Blu-Ray Drive power cable is located on the side of the Blu-Ray Disc drive

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Power Cable

Next, detach the Blu-Ray Drive ribbon cable on the bottom by opening the black clamp as seen below.

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Blu-Ray Disc Drive Cable

Finally, make sure you look closely and take your fingers to straighten out all the metal pins so it’s all straight. When I removed the cable ribbon, I noticed the corners were bent inwards, and I smooth out the pins so it’s all straight. 

Then push it back into the cable slot and closed the black clamp tightly.

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Gold Pins must be all straight

Just as a precaution–  make sure you ground yourself before touching the circuits. Just like how you would when working on any computer motherboard. This would prevent any static that might short your system and then you’ll have a bigger problem.

The Test

You can run a quick test by placing back the lid so you can press the Blu-Ray Disc Eject button.  

It took me about three tries of having to straighten the pins on the ribbon cable before the Blu-Ray Drive was working as expected.  

If you did not connect the cables correctly, the power would not turn on or there will be no blue light when you press the Blu-Ray Disc Eject button. 

Once the Blu-Ray Disc Drive is functioning as expected, I noticed a plastic bar right in the center. This will keep the Blu-Ray Disc in place. This was not visible prior to the fix.

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Blu-Ray Disc Plastic Bar

Final Thoughts

This fix worked for me, obviously, this may not for others. Depending on the situation. Either way, I hope this is helpful. Once I was able to fix the Blu-Ray Disc Drive, it was functioning much better. 

The Blu-Ray Disc was not spinning too fast, there was no longer any humming noise and the Blu-Ray Disc ejected very smoothly. All of these were known issues prior to the fix.

Please feel free to leave comments if there are other suggestions or fixes that you’ve found that might be helpful for others!

TGR on YOUTUBE

If you're out of luck, you can either buy a new Blu-Ray Disc, PS3 or upgrade to a PS4!

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