All of a sudden in the middle of a blu-ray film my ps3 started stuttering adn skipping while my friend and I were watching. I figured it was a dirty/scratched disc but that wasn't the case. Tried a film I had seen a few days earlier with no issue and it didn't work.
Now, the ps3 will play a blu-ray for about 5-10 minutes flawlessly, but then start skipping after that. This made me think that the laser can't be the problem, but I really do not know. Is the ps3 overheating and that is affecting the playback? I can play installed games (lbp2 via playstation plus) for hours just fine. on a cold boot, the discs will load fine. after trying a blu-ray for 10 minutes and having issues, sometimes i will get an 'invalid disc' error.
Remedies I have tried:
1) using a vacuum to pull out dust from vents
2) using the ps3 fan test (i've heard good and bad)
3) using a lens cleaner
4) using the safe mode to do a File system rebuild
5) a system restore
So.. I forgot to backup stuff and lost my save games etc, but no big deal.. PS+ remembers who i am (i believe i deactivated the stuff before formatting.. must make sure before i try again).
Any thoughts? Why would the laser work fine for 10 mintues and then crap out? does it have a heat sensor? It's exactly 2 years old, so i'm out of warranty. I'm told that service + S&H = 150-200 + turnaround time. new ps3 = 250.. DIY repair = 50-75. Local repair = 100ish.. if i find one. Sony + local repairs = 90 day warranty, so I may just buy a new one.
thanks in advance
EDIT: ps, how do i make sure that the games I downloaded via PS+ for free will remain available to me? I know they should, but how do i double check that I have indeed "bought" them for zero dollars and therefore will continue to be able to d/l them?