It was just a random thing rarely happening until my PlayStation 4 console became totally unusable as it kept ejecting discs every 30 seconds. It wasn’t a problem with a disc in particular because every game I tried to play was the same. This went on for like two weeks and I stuck with only those games I downloaded from the PlayStation Store.
I searched online for solutions, but I everything I tried didn’t work. Some articles suggest it was my discs, some even suggested unplugging the console from the mains for some hours. None worked.
Some suggested taking it to Sony for repairs, but they don’t have a service center in Nigeria as far as I know. It’s an old console and I suspected the eject button had accumulated dirt over the years. I wasn’t wrong.
I thoroughly cleaned it and that fixed the issue. It has been about two weeks now and the problem hasn’t come back. If you want to do this, you need just two things:
- Methylated spirits
- A brush
I used an old small toothbrush with tiny bristles because I want it to go deep into the crevices. Before you go ahead with this, be sure to unplug the console from the power supply. This is very important. Here is the procedure:
- Dip the brush into the methylated spirits
- With the brush still dripping, clean the eject button.
- Make sure the brush goes deep into slits beside the button.
- Repeat the cleaning several times until you’re sure it’s clean.
- Blow away the excess methylated spirits with your mouth (or a heat gun if you have one)
Leave the PlayStation 4 console unplugged for about 5 hours. This is important because you need to be sure it’s fully dry before you power it on.
That was all I did that fixed this issue for me. It’s been a couple of weeks now and the issue hasn’t come back.