After playing up for the last 6 months or so my PS3 has finally given up on me. Instead of forking out for replacing it or getting it repaired I was hoping I could fix it myself, but wasn't sure whether it's the lens or hard drive that needs replacing.
At first the PS3 started freezing during games even more than usual, then one day it just wouldn't fully load any games, it just kept hanging on the loading screen. After ringing Sony they told me to do a full system restore as it obviously had corrupted data & afterwards things started working again. Soon after that though, games just kept freezing really frequently again. The other day, it even froze on a game downloaded from PSN. Now we've reached the point where it won't even recognise it has a PS3 game or blu ray in it, but it still plays PS1 discs & DVDs. I've tried ringing Sony & they couldn't help other than offering a re-manufactured PS3 for £134.
Please can someone help me figure out what's wrong so I can fix it myself? The kids are going crazy since it's broken.