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    Fixed blu ray drive, now it's shutting off randomly

    OK, I'm at a loss here...First off, my ps3 (fat 80gb - CECHK01) stopped reading discs so I replaced the blu ray laser. This took me a while cus I accidentally screwed up the loader mechanism in the drive, but eventually got everything working again. One thing I should mention is that the machine was getting REALLY hot during this process. I know you're not supposed to keep it plugged in when you're working on it, but I needed to test the drive repeatedly so I kept it on part of the time.

    Once I got the drive working again it was playing discs fine, but now the machine shuts off randomly after a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds. Everything is plugged in correctly to my knowledge but it just shuts off without warning, and doesn't display a red light or anything.

    I did some diagnostic testing today to see what could be the issue. I tried disconnecting the blu ray drive altogether and starting the system, and this time it stayed on much longer - a good half hour or so. When it finally did shut off, a solid red light was displayed (standby mode). This suggests that there is some issue with the blu ray player itself, possibly involving the circuit board.

    Has anyone experienced this problem before, and if so what steps can I try next? I plan to buy a multimeter today to check if the issue lies with the power cord, power supply or a ribbon cable. But I have a feeling that the blu ray drive is somehow responsible here...I wasn't having this issue before I replaced it.

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    Bump. I reflowed the system yesterday and nothing changed. It still gets power and stays on when I disconnect the hd and blu ray drive, but otherwise it turns off after a few minutes/seconds.

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    Maybe a power supply issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by N0REGARD4LIFE View Post
    Maybe a power supply issue?
    Yeah sounds like it's shutting down under load.

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    Yeah with the HDD and blu ray drive sucking power, the power supply can't sustain the proper voltage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N0REGARD4LIFE View Post
    Yeah with the HDD and blu ray drive sucking power, the power supply can't sustain the proper voltage.
    That makes sense. I actually bought a multimeter yesterday to test the psu, but wasn't sure what the proper voltage should be. I mean, the unit starts up fine, so presumably the multimeter reading would be normal, but yet it shuts off after a few minutes.

    Does anyone know what the normal readings should be for the psu, and maybe also for the fuses inside the psu?

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    I wish I could be more help but no, sorry i don't. I know the power supply is pretty easy to replace in a slim, but I don't know about the fatties. I hope you get it figured out buddy.

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    It sucks but you can't count on those old model consoles forever. You should pick up a PS3 slim, they're built better.


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