i'm having a stange problem with my PS3 drive. When I first turn the machine on after it has been sat switched off for a few hours, it will load & play any media I insert.
After about 10 mins, if there is a game playing, it will crash to a blank screen. Afterwards it refuses to play anything.
I've popped the lid on the drive to observe it while it is working. I've noticed that when the drive stops functioning correctly, the laser turns RED, instead of the violet/blue colour.
I don't want to be shelling out £50+ for a new KES400A laser module. I have a funny feeling the BA5888 IC is the cause. This IC controls the laser motor, and as with the PS2, the BA5xxx IC was a common fault.
I don't have another laser module to test it with, but I do have a spare BDROM pcb from another broken console. I have swapped the PCBs, and the drive seems to operate normally (I know that it will not play games as the BD pcb and the motherboard are paired) but the disc spins up and stays spinning (even after 20 mins+ )
Has anyone any knowledge/experience of this?