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So I was playing Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and the game froze (which happens quite often) so I restarted the PS3 and now it is not detecting any discs (games, dvds, cds). I can hear the drive make sounds. What should I do?

I have tried the restore menu -> fix filesystem to no avail.

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This may be obvious, but have you tried turning it off completely from the socket, and the starting it again? Also - if it is causing problems with disk detection, then try a disk head cleaner disk - there should be a DVD one of these.

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i tried this. Now I have to pay 50% price of a new ps3 to get a new one. sucks :( – Rohan Monga Jan 3 '11 at 9:14
Not sure if this is cheaper - but have you tried somebody like this: Thinking a bit more about your question, it is unlikely to be simple dirty heads, but more likely that something has overheated while you played a game and is now failing. – Danny Staple Jan 3 '11 at 11:38
since I am in india, that option is not available :( – Rohan Monga Jan 6 '11 at 7:06
ultimately I ended up paying for the new one, but I guess this is a helpful answer, thanks – Rohan Monga Jan 16 '11 at 4:38

I had the same problem once. We smoke a lot in my living room, so the lens of the laser was dirty. I disassembled the PS3 (warranty was expired anyways) and the BluRay drive and cleaned the lens with a Q-Tip and some lens cleaner fluid.

Works like a charm since then.

It's really not hard and you can find videos on YouTube that show you how to disassemble both: PS3 and BluRay drive

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