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#92152 27-Oct-2011 22:43
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Hi guys

I'm a new owner of a second hand ps3. I haven't had much to do with these consoles and I'm a bit stuck. I want to play dvds sometimes for the kids but I cant find any dvd discs that work. Inserting them doesn't bring anything up on the menu or anything.

I'm wondering if its a region thing or a hdcp thing (as I suspect my tv is too crappy to suppo rt hdcp)?

Any ideas?

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  #538466 28-Oct-2011 06:27
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Where was the PS3 purchased and what region DVD's are you trying to play in it? PS3's are region locked so if it is for example a US PS3 then it will not play region 4 DVD's. I take it that it reads game disks OK?







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  #538513 28-Oct-2011 08:54
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I play DVDs via my PS3 over HDMI without issue - when you insert the DVD, does it appear in the crossbar menu ?




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  #538560 28-Oct-2011 10:08
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Nety: Where was the PS3 purchased and what region DVD's are you trying to play in it? PS3's are region locked so if it is for example a US PS3 then it will not play region 4 DVD's. I take it that it reads game disks OK?


Yeah forgot to mention, it plays game discs (well the one game I have at the moment).  I bought it off Trademe from someone in NZ so I assume that its a NZ PS3 but I might email the guy to check.  Is there any way to check the region code for the PS3? 

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  #538564 28-Oct-2011 10:15
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xpd: I play DVDs via my PS3 over HDMI without issue - when you insert the DVD, does it appear in the crossbar menu ?


No nothing appears in the menu system.  Also no notification comes up at all.  I did find one disc that played a while ago but since then I can't find one that works.

I'm too used to PCs and modern DVD players that ignore region codes.  I see that we are region 4 down here and the region 4 discs I tried last night didn't play.  I'll see if I can locate discs from other regions to see if they work.

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  #538568 28-Oct-2011 10:20
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Wonder if the previous owner attempted to jailbreak the unit.....




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  #538641 28-Oct-2011 12:16
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It's probably stuffed. I think even if you insert a DVD with the wrong region it shows up in the XMB (under Video), it will certainly give you an error not just not work.

Do you have any Blu-rays to try?

I think it's common for the lasers to get a bit off, sometimes it will work for BR and not DVD (your game may be on a BR).

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  #538690 28-Oct-2011 13:11
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bazzer: It's probably stuffed. I think even if you insert a DVD with the wrong region it shows up in the XMB (under Video), it will certainly give you an error not just not work.

Correct. If you insert, say, a Region 1 DVD into a Region 4 PS3, the disc will definitely show in the XMB under 'Video', but when you play it, it will give you a zone/region error.


I think it's common for the lasers to get a bit off, sometimes it will work for BR and not DVD (your game may be on a BR).

Depending on your model of PS3, you could have a 'dual laser' disc drive. One laser for Blu-ray playback, and another for DVD playback.

My PS3 optical drive recently stopped working altogether, and thinking it was the laser at fault I purchased a brand new replacement complete laser assembly only to find that replacing the laser assembly didn't fix the problem. I have been told it is probably the IC board on the bottom of the PS3 optical drive.

In any case, and please forgive me for the blatant plug, but I have an as-new complete PS3 Blu-ray/DVD laser assembly on trademe if you wanted to have a go at fixing it. It's listed for $70, but if you were keen, send me a PM and I could probably give it to you at a slightly cheaper geekzone rate. ;-)

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=418875420

I installed it into my PS3 once, and upon realising it wasn't the problem, I took it out straight afterwards. It's useless to me, so if someone can fix their PS3 with it then all the better.

 
 
 
 


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  #538732 28-Oct-2011 14:06
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Hi guys,

Thanks for the advice so far. The original owner quoted the model as CECHJ02. Which is supposed to be a NZ one I believe. Nothing shows up when inserting a dvd (tried region 2 and 4 and region free disc). However I played an audio cd fine. My understanding is that multi laser drives use one laser for cd and dvds and the other for BR. The game I've got is God of war 3 which I'm assuming is BR as I can't find the cover at the moment.

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  #538736 28-Oct-2011 14:10
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Also may be relevant. I upgraded the hard disc to 500GB which caused a problem with it not boring at all. Thats the problem with old tutorials on the web. Things change. Anyway I managed to get it to safe mode and flashed the latest firmware from playstation website via usb drive. Version is 3.73 and going to update in xmb tells me I'm on the latest version.

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  #538912 28-Oct-2011 22:39
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AFAIK all games for the PS3 are on a blu ray disk. Well at least all mine are and I have roughly 60 of them.

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  #539264 30-Oct-2011 13:13
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New problem. Game started freezing up last night. Is this likely to be laser related or could it be to do with the new hard drive?

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  #547203 19-Nov-2011 12:20
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Ok,

I thought I'd update this thread. Thanks goes to DontPanic42 whose offer I took up on the replacement laser. Short story is that I installed the laser and it is working great and I cleaned the dust from my PS3 and redid the thermal paste on the CPU/GPU.

Long story is the trouble I had to get to this point. I made the mistake of opening the disc drive while I had left a game disc in there and it came apart and left half the drive in the loaded position and the other half in the unloaded. Lots of effort went into resyncing all the moving parts of the drive with the PS3 being put together and pulled apart several times (I'm getting pretty good at it now). So don't make the same mistake I did.

So thanks to everyone who contributed and especially to DontPanic42, I hope you get your system up and running.

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  #547207 19-Nov-2011 12:45
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Great to hear you got it running again!! :)

I'm just glad someone was able to get the use out of the new laser assembly I bought, as it was effectively useless to me.

I too had issues with putting the Blu-ray drive back together, but like you, I soon became adept at knowing the positions and tensions that the Blu-ray drive required for it to be put back together. ;)

I think I have pretty much given up on trying to get my PS3 Blu-ray drive working again. I've already bought a stand-alone Panasonic Blu-ray player and it is working great. (the DMP-BD75)
I pretty much know that it's the IC board, and to get it running again requires either getting the exact same board, or being able to solder the old BGA security chip onto a new board.
I only really use the PS3 for PlayTV and a bit of streaming now anyway.

I guess it's a shame too, because it means I can't play GT5 anymore. :(
Anyone interested in buying an excellent condition Collector's Edition GT5? I can throw in GT5 Prologue for free. Special GZ price of $60. Free shipping.

Sorry a bit of a hijack there.

Anyway, I'm happy that the laser assembly worked out for you.

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