Hi, I got a used PS3 Slim CECH3004A, production code 1B. The description said problems with BD drive.
So when I opened it, I immediately realised the connector to plug in the 8 connection strip for the mechanic sensors and the electrical motor was ripped off from the board.
First I tried to resolder it, but it made only problems because the white plastic strip was totally messed, so I soldered a cable with 6 lines from the board directly to the sensor/motor board long enough to get the drive in and out of the case without ripping it from the board, but diameter of the lines big enough that improved resistance by improved length won't be a problem (I could decrease from 8 to 6 because the motor had 2 lines for VCC and 2 for GND).
I also checked for connections between my soldering, but everything is fine. So when I insert a disc, it properly pulls it in and the disc begins to spin. You can see first the blue laser trying to read, then the red one. In XMB the clock rotates, so I think the drive is detected properly.
But the PS3 won't read the disc. It doesn't matter if it's a BLURAY DVD, a PS3 game disc, a normal DVD or an audio cd, none is accepted.
Also I realized that half of the screws of the BD drive are missing, so I guess there was a specialist doing its best on this one.
The lasers are both working, may the lense also be broken? How can I check if the laser/lense part is broken or maybe a connection on the data cable (as I said, I don't think the pre-owner was qualified to even change the hard disk, fooool).
As the clock in XMB rotates, I guess the drive is the original one, right?
So I would like to know:
* Is there a way to check if it's the lense/laser unit or the cable?
* If I could get a complete new BD drive, would it be possible to remarry it to my board?
As I said, it's a CECH3004 with Firmware 4.55, so afaik it's not downgradeable and I only found tutorials for 3.55 FW.
I also made a small video where you can see the laser working when I push the pin for recognizing the drive a disk is inserted, the mechanism loads the disc (I have to help for the sled coming up) when you see the blue laser lightning shortly, then the red one and after a while the blue one again.
Also made a vid to see the drive pulling in a dvd and trying to read, maybe it may help as you can see, it doesn't throw out the disc at reading end.