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October 18, 2009 // 10:41 pm - 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!

PS-SYSTEM 306R Suspected to be Cause of Dead PS3 3.00 Drives

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#35 - CJPC - December 7, 2009 // 6:34 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Suizide1 View Post
Does The blu ray drive have constant update patches or only sometimes and did 3.10 f.w update have a fixed update?


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!

#34 - Suizide1 - December 7, 2009 // 4:34 am
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Does The blu ray drive have constant update patches or only sometimes and did 3.10 f.w update have a fixed update?

#33 - Hodr2k - December 3, 2009 // 11:54 am
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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).

#32 - Criticalz - November 13, 2009 // 8:54 pm
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1) If they had a disc in the drive during the update, if so, what was in there.
Call of Duty:MW2

2) Did they use the PSN store prior to (in the same session, as in, between the power on and upgrade) the FW upgrade?
Nope

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?
Nope, just upgraded

4) What model number of PS3 console they had?
model number cechb01, 20gb from launch date release.

Finally, please NOTE we are only seeking consoles that have NOT been tampered with... meaning no warranty sticker, no good to us.
My warranty sticker is still sealed

Also it did read DVDs after the firmware it just stop doing that watched about 3 movies and it doesn't even spin the disc anymore.

#31 - Warrorar - November 13, 2009 // 4:55 pm
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i dont know if my problem is what you want to find out.

i played tekken6, 40gb cechg04, never opened or anything. screen went black on loading a stage(played before some days without problem) now he dont read blue rays or anything else.

i updated to 3.01 after my tekken6 told me to.

my saturn mate told me its my problem because my ps3 is older then 1and a half year q.q... 469@ of crap now standing left of my tv...

#30 - boostedcrx2 - November 13, 2009 // 4:13 pm
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I feel that Sony let me and whom ever else down with this formware update. This is the real problem. can't play blueray... but you can play SoCom. You can play dvd rom movies and games. 3.0 jacked up playstations by freezing them. This is what I think.

Uncharted was the reason for 3.01 now I wonder what they did to fix the problems with uncharted. What ever they did maxed out our BD drives. My lens is still good, linux says it's good and a repair guy says that the BD drive is in good working order, so then whats the problem? It's big... but will get even bigger because we closed our eyes!

#29 - mushy409 - November 12, 2009 // 4:02 pm
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I tried this on my console but no luck. Seems the laser has suddenly just died, but I've hardly played on it at all.

#28 - Tsusai - November 12, 2009 // 1:20 pm
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I'm looking to verify a possible solution.

My drive went kaput after the 3.0 update, nothing I did (play movie or game) worked. However I was able to unbrick it a few hours later using the PS3 recovery menu "Repair/Recover Database" (Can't remember exact wording). Has anyone else tried this? I would love to hear confirmation.

#27 - 4f1nger - October 28, 2009 // 7:05 pm
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Few days ago my ps3 br drive died, it didnt read any cds, dvds or blurays. had to go back to the shop and swap my slim model for different model, explained everything about it, sellers by the way heard that problem as well, and i wasnt the 1st one. so i got brand new ps3 again.

#26 - RPS - October 28, 2009 // 2:35 am
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Hi,

I've been ill so haven't been able to spend time on this, but from the limited amount of response we've had, I can only conclude that this isn't the big issue it was made out to be.

If we had a larger response, I'd feel it warranted more time to investigate, but with under 10 people replying and a number of those not even having had the issue with v3.00+ it makes me think that it's just a small number of people complaining very loudly and making it appear to be a bigger issue that it really is.

If that's the case, I can't justify spending my money on purchasing someone elses bricked drive console.

RPS.