Originally Posted by guitarguy
Unfortunately I to have been down this road. What I found it is that the bluray drive circuit board is married to your PS3 motherboard and cannot be swapped. So even if you buy the exact same bluray drive off ebay it still will not work because the circuit board isn't married to your motherboard. It doesn't matter if the bluray lens is dead but if there is a problem with the circuit board or if it's not the original circuit board from when the PS3 was manufactured you are SOL.
Thanks for your reply.
When you say the bluray drive circuit board, do you mean the controller card? I have the intact and working controller card here (BMD-003).
There must be a way to do this, otherwise there would be no second-hand market for Blu-Ray drives surely?
Oh, and I won the Ebay auction for the drive so hopefully it will be here soon and I can test it.
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In fact, have a watch of this: YouTube - How to replace a PS3 blueray drive