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Bluray Drive- Tray Continually Tries to Rise
Bluray Drive- Tray Continually Tries to Rise –
I woke up one morning and my PS3 (60GB fat model) had ejected the disc at some point during the night. Now whenever I turn it on, it attempts to pull a disc in, even if there is no disc there. Every so often it will try to pull a disc in (again, even when there is nothing there).
If I do insert a disc, it gets pulled in and locks into places correctly, but the tray with the laser continually tries to rise even if it's already at the top position. This causes the machine gun sound since those black arms in the drive keep bouncing around. Eventually the drive will eject the disc (I suppose because it thinks something went horribly wrong trying to rise the tray, even though it was in the top position).
After it fails to read a disc like this, it tries much less often to pull in discs when there are no discs there. In fact, if I play a backup off my hard drive, it'll randomly reset after a few minutes unless I had first inserted a disc like this (I presume this is because it thinks it's going to read a new disc). After I have inserted a disc that the drive gives up on, I can play any backup that doesn't require a disc just fine.
If I take the drive apart and reassemble it with a disc in the loaded position, then sometimes the disc will spin a few times, but every time the drive will try to rise the tray, causing the machine gun sound until it finally just ejects the disc.
Any clue as to what could be wrong?
Sounds like the gearing might be off or a gear is missing a tooth. Your best bet is to either replace the motor/laser assembly or the whole drive.
Upon closer inspection, the rack gear on the left arm is in fact missing a tooth. It's the tooth right after where the right arm stops pressing the button that indicates the tray needs to be raised further. I assume the gear is supposed to stop on the tooth that is missing but it can't lock into it so it keeps going for some reason.
Update: So I "repaired" the rack gear (I attached a mold of a tooth where the broken tooth was). Working with it taken apart, the new tooth appears to work fine, it doesn't jam the gears or anything. But I must have done something weird when I put everything back together because now I think the drive thinks there's a disc in there even though it's in the ejected position. The blue LED is lit and when I first turn on the PS3 I can hear the drive trying to spin a disc, but it doesn't read anything so it just stops. I guess it's a step in the right direction.
Last edited by noshi; 04-01-2011 at 01:18 PM.
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