I have the original PS3 launch model (CECHA01) and it appears my Blu-ray drive has failed; it no longer spins any type of discs. But I'm unsure if this is due to the laser or a mechanical issue.

What's the best way to determine the issue if I'm looking to fix it myself?

  • Could you get your hands on another blu-ray drive from another PS3 and swap them out? – Robotnik Jun 24 '13 at 5:19
  • @Robotnik Well yes, but that'll just leave me with a different PS3 unable to read discs. – Zeno Jun 25 '13 at 1:55
  • you misunderstand, if you can get a differently-broken PS3 (such as one that's dead via yellow light of death) The Blu-Ray drive won't be missed. Ask around at repair shops, game shops etc, they might have a broken spare PS3 lying around they're willing to give away/sell cheaply – Robotnik Jun 25 '13 at 2:11

Issues like this are covered by warranty, but if your warranty has expired, you can buy a bricked PS3 from eBay, or the like, and swap out the Blu-Ray drives. Whether that is a more feasible alternative to buying a new PS3 depends on how far away the bricked PS3 you buy is; over seas shipping tends to make it a very costly purchase, especially when buying things as large as a PS3 console.

The procedure of swapping the Blu-Ray drives isn't an awfully complex task, and you can find many, many references and instructional videos showing the whole process step-by-step on the web.

To appease to your actual question at hand: like Ekonion said, it's most likely a mechanical issue. Had the laser been broken, the plate would've spun up, and the PS3 would've reported the disc as unreadable or of unknown format.


From personal experience, the disc starts to spin only if the laser is defective. I myself had this issue. If it doesn't even start to spin, the problem is with the motor, and as such is a mechanical issue.

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