I bought my PS3 in July ’07 (so it is out of warranty). It worked fine until yesterday. I had ordered KZ2 and received it yesterday. I pop the game in and clicked ok for the KZ update. Once that was done I started a new game. During the intro movie with the guy talking, the game freezes. I waited for a minute and nothing so I ejected the disc. The PS3 restarted but it no longer showed the disc in the xmb. So I restarted and tried the game again. It looked like it was going to start loading but went to a black screen with an error message and number. So I tried a bluray movie. It looked like it was going to load but then went to a black error message screen again. I tried a ps2 game and it worked. I deleted the killzone data/save and tried again but nothing. So (since ps3 is out of warranty) I opened it up and cleaned the laser lense with a cotton swab and 50/50 water/isopropyl alcohol. Put it back together and started up KZ. It asked to ok for KZ update so I click X, then it froze on that screen. I tried audio cds, dvds movies/games and they all work. Just no bluray discs work. So I’m guessing my laser is kaput. Digging around forums it seems I need to get a new KES-400 laser unit. Has anyone tried doing that and does it work? Anybody know a reputable vendor/site/ebayer who sells NEW laser units?
This guy will fix it for $75.
Playstation 3 80GB Core.
Samsung 32" LCD
5.1 Samsung Home Theater System.
Highly Anticipated Games: Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, White Knight Chronicles.
So it seems (from reading other posts) the laser itself is fairly easy to replace. I just can't seem to figure out a place to buy a laser from. It's seems almost like you have less than a 50/50 chance of getting a decent laser. You can fix it and it will work but for how long - no one knows. I'm considering sending it to sony but I am not willing to risk losing my bc if they don't give me mine back. Don't know...I guess I'll just take it in the ass and buy a new one. F@#$
You don't have to worry about losing BC. If they have to send you a refurb, it will be the exact same model as yours.