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On the play station it always asks for a Playstation 2 format disc. What is this and how much does it cost?

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Hey Rgaul,

What that means is the disc that you are using is not supported by your ps2. Try using a different game and with a ps2 logo on it or even a ps1 game can work. Sometimes the games get really scratched that the ps2 will not recognize it that when you'll get the please insert and ps2 format disc message on your screen. So I would suggest cleaning your disc. That will solve your problem. Let me know if you Still experience the problem and please don't forget to rate me work. I would really appreciate it,


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