UMD laser problem

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    Ok, so I just purchased a PSP phat on ebay ($59.75 + shipping) and it's said to work perfectly except it won't read UMD's. I figure all it needs is a new laser unit, so I was wondering if anyone knew of a good place to buy from? Preferably cheap. The reason I'm asking here is because I want to know if there are any places cheaper than dealextreme, or that have faster shipping (been waiting on a charger since the 23rd of last month).

    Anyone?
     


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    what is your definition of cheap?
     
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    Are you sure that Dealextreme carries the "phat" optical drive replacements? I saw they had one for like $30 or so, but it said it was for the slim. I was looking for one too, but since I'm not too confident in my manual repair ability (broke my last PSP replacing the screen), I decided I'll just send it in to be repaired.
     
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    under $20

    Actually, I dunno if DX carries the phat, I'm gonna go look real quick.
     
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    Sometimes being unable to read UMD's is a sign of IDstorage failure.
     
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    m3rox GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    That's fixable though, right?

    Also, just in case it is just a laser problem. It turns out DX does have the phat laser module
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4135
     
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    IDstorage failure? This was not something that was brought to my attention when I was discussing my PSP's sudden inability to read UMDs. What is it? Is it really fixable?
     
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    That's what I'd like to know.
     
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    The Psp Idstorage contains a database of specific information about the PSP (hardware) such as serial number, MAC address, Psp Region, UMD Reader Region, type of motherboard and more.

    Most people corrupt it by doing something incorrectly with their Psp Nand or restoring someone elses Nand to a different Psp but I have heard of people's corrupting for unknown reasons.

    In some cases, after the Idstorage has been corrupted and partially fixed, the Psp can no longer read any UMD's. The only fix I am aware of for IDstorage issues are restoring a Nand dump before any problems had occured. I know of users who managed to corrupt IDstorage keys resulting in their UMD no longer working and others Wifi stopped working.

    Edit: As far as I am aware, today only partial fixes exist for those who have not done a clean Nand backup on the same Psp before any IDstorage issues.
     
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    Well since I don't know what a Nand is and have only ever played UMD discs on this PSP, I'm certain that's not my issue. Guess it's the lens for sure, then =\
     
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    I see, well I guess I'll find out when it arrives. I plan on putting the laser module from my current PSP into this one to see if that's what the issue is before just going out and purchasing a laser module.

    Thanks for the info [​IMG]
     
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    (Sorry to bump this)

    Ok, I've got the PSP now, the UMD drive is making noises like it's trying to read the UMD, but just never finishes (keeps going on and on). Sounds like a laser problem to me, but I dunno. Any ideas?
     
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    anyone?

    anyone at all?
     
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    Why not run games of memory stick instead? I thought that was what everybody did these days. CFW, Faster Loading Times & More Battery Life = Win ?
     
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    Yeah, I dont understand why you would even bother trying to fix the UMD thing. Just put your psp on custom firmware and buy some 2 or 4 gig memory sticks. Once you have CFW, it's easy to turn your UMD discs into ISOs and put those on your memory stick. It's not pirating that way
     
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    It's actually a possibility that the laser is too dirty. try gently cleaning the laser.
     
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    What's a UMD? Isn't that slot in the back of your pc just storage?
     
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    ...its the games disc for a psp
     
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    oh ffs..
     
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    when using the q tip use pure alcohal (I this heard from some one on max console)