I got a PS3 of craigslist from a guy in my area (about 25 miles). It is an original 60GB piano black model with a card reader.

Anyhow, after the 3.55 system update it will not play Blu-Rays anymore. According to what I read online from searching, there was a problem with something like 1% of PS3 have a "bricked" Blu-Ray player after the update.

The drive still works, it just only plays PS2 (DVD) games, did not try any PS1 games.

What I am wondering is there any chance that upgrading the machine to system software 3.60 which came out would "unbrick" the Blu-Ray player?

If not is there anything else I could try?

Further more, if there is nothing else I can do, can someone point me to a reputable repair facility that can fix the system, the system is OUT OF WARRANTY

Thanks for any help in advance.

  • I'd definitely try the 3.60 update. While I don't know if it fixes the issue, I would doubt it could make things worse. Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 14:42
  • @ Matthew Read, That was my belief too. Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 15:00

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A fix for this isn't mentioned in the 3.60 release notes or the 3.56 release notes. I would recommend you perform the update. At worse, it doesn't fix the issue, and you're in the same state. (It might have actually been the 3.50 update that caused the issue. Sony added support for 3D games/movies in that release.)

I've never used a PS3 repair service, so can't recommend one. Have you tried Sony's service page? It takes you through a bunch of steps to diagnose your problem.

If none of that works, I would call Sony. They can probably refer you to an authorized repair dealer or may be aware of the issue and how to resolve it

  • Perfect answer, I called sony and found that my other original PS3 can also be fixed. @ $132 a pop :( Well at least they cover the shipping. Anyhow thanks. Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 17:16
  • That's awesome! I was hoping they would do something like that. Keep that backwards-compatible system working. So worth the $132. Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 18:28
  • Lol, 2 people on my local piece of craigslist bought them for 100 a pop only 100 bucks to a new slim one!. Have no interest in the backwards compatible feature. Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 21:54

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