216w ago - Update: The eagle eyes at Gizmodo.com have now spotted a lengthy thread on Sony's official PlayStation forums indicating the issue is ongoing, and speculating that a potential combination of PS3 Firmware 3.10 alongside Modern Warfare 2 may also be attributed to dead PS3 Blu-ray drives.
As a follow-up to our dead PS3 Blu-ray drive community project from last week, our PS3 Devs have identified what they believe to be the root cause of drive failures associated with the recent updates in PS3 Firmware v3.00/v3.01.
We suspect that the 3.00 and 3.01 PS3 Firmware updates, which contain the BD firmware patch file BDPT_FIRMWARE_PACKAGE_306R.PKG, is the main contributing factor to the failed drives.
The PS3 Devs want to get ahold of some BD drives that have been bricked by the update in order to prove that the PS-SYSTEM 306R Firmware patch in the update is responsible for the damaged drives.
Apart from what version of Firmware users had before they upgraded and failed, we also would like to know (only if they are certain!) from the dead drive owners:
1) If they had a disc in the drive during the update, if so, what was in there.
2) Did they use the PSN store prior to (in the same session, as in, between the power on and upgrade) the FW upgrade?
3) Did they play a downloaded game from the PSN store prior to (in the same session, as in, between the power on and upgrade) the upgrade?
4) What model number of PS3 console they had?
Finally, please NOTE we are only seeking consoles that have NOT been tampered with... meaning no warranty sticker, no good to us.
Any modification or opening will make what we get tainted and useless... we need a system that has failed and has been unopened. Thanks!
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Every FW update includes updates for the entire system, including the Blu-Ray drive, so it's not like there is a FW update that is missing something, due to how the updates are built, they can be installed since any FW (well since 0.96 technically). Due to this, the updates need to essentially contain the entire codebase, which makes it so every update contains everything, just about!
First off, I would have sent my system in if I a) knew what firmware I had before, and b) hadn't already updated to 3.10 in the hopes of fixing my issue.
What I would primarily like to know is, what are people doing to fix this issue. Rather than spend $150 and send my unit to Sony, I would like to fix it myself.
My drive still reads DVD's, so the sled is working fine. In fact, it will read Blu Ray discs for about 10 minutes before freezing if I hard boot and play a DVD to reset it.
Can I just replace the laser assembly? How about JUST the blu-ray diode? I have the technical ability to do so (I am an EE), but my MAJOR concern is if the fault lies with the original diode being of marginal quality (in which case a replacement would work fine), or if the assembly itself is at fault, perhaps supplying too much power, dirty power, mechanical vibration, etc. and would kill any replacement diode.
What are people doing to fix their consoles once they have this specific problem?
P.S. In my case, I bought the system a year ago (80 gb fat system) and played mostly demos. I played exactly ONE GAME (killzone) for about 5 hours total, several dvds (maybe 10), and the drive died 20 minutes into the FIRST blu-ray movie I ever played on it (Star Trek). When I checked, it was on firmware 3.01
I did the system restore, the rebuild from secret menu, and the update to 3.10. All I want to do now is fix it the cheapest way possible, and I do not want to buy another system (why give sony more money when this was obviously a defective product).