Ok, I'm going to explain this in detail, so sorry if it's a little lengthy! So I bought a PS2 at a rummage sale a few days ago for $10. The guy said it worked the last time they played it, but that was a long time ago. He told me if it didn't work to bring it back and he'd give me my money back. I could tell he wasn't trying to screw me over and I thought it was a great risk free buy, so I picked it up. I took it home and tried to play a game in it and a "Disc Read Error" message came up. I got online to look for solutions for this and I ended up taking it apart, cleaning the lens with a dry Q-tip, and it worked that day, so I didn't take it back. The next day, I turned it on to play and the same error message came up. I took the game disc out, cleaned it(it wasn't dirty at all... practically brand new) and blew out the disc drive. That didn't work, so I took it apart again and cleaned the lens with a dry Q-tip. That didn't work, so I cleaned the lens with a Q-tip that was damp with rubbing alcohol. That did the trick. The next day, same problem! This time I just blew out the disc drive a few times and that worked. So I started thinking that it wasn't starting easily only because it hadn't been played in a long time. I didn't think too much of it because while I was playing, there was no problems with it at all! But today, I tried to start it up, and nothing I've tried has worked. I blew out the drive. I cleaned the lens with both dry and rubbing alcohol Q-tips. I cleaned out all the dust out of the drive. I adjusted the lens with the little gear thing. Everything I've found to do as a remedy for a Disc Read Error message hasn't worked. So I was thinking that the lens is just shot, but I decided to try a few different types of discs, not just games. So I tried a DVD and that didn't work. But when I tried an audio CD, it worked. So now I'm thinking what the heck?!?! Do I just have a glorified CD player now, or is there something else I can do?
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clean the laser using a lazer disc cleaner not only does the disck get dirty but the lazer too when its too dirty it wont read the disc -- disc error heres a piture of one you get them from electronics shops
Hello, you are most probably using a PS2 Slim, they have a very sensitive Lens Radiance. If the CD is a little scratched, a CD lens cleaner could help. Or if it is not a PS2 Slim, it must just require a CD lens Cleaner :)
I had the same problem with mine. it would play the ps2 games just fine but when i put a DVD in, it would click and keep saying reading disc.. i took it apart and gently cleaned the lense with a qtip and now it works fine
Sounds like you need to get your money back ..the resurfaceing can also do more bad than good But a little trick lightly rub a crayon over the disk ,,old pantyhose works great rub it off from center out then try your disk ,,have saved many good games that way
Ok, I was having the same problem. You need to take your playstation apart and clean the laser with some alcohol. Only use alcohol as it dries faster and clear. Might as well clean the rest of the inside as well. you will be surprised at the dust it collects. After I done this my works fine.
Hi Ali little master,
Ok, I do not have enough time to type everything out. There is too many variables to tell you everything, so my best advice is to tell you where to go to read up on networking the PS2. Go to this Url:
i hope this helps you,
After extensive research on this subject and working on several Playstation II systems. I found out the reason your system will play only blue disks and not silver is a alignment problem with the laser. It could be tilted or set to high or low. The quickest solution is to call Sony and get a new laser with the shuttle.
If i am not mistaken it cost 50.00 and just go to the playstation site select support and it will explain in full detail how to take your system apart and replace the laser and shuttle.
Blocking the sensors did you in I'm afraid. What has happened is the *DVD* read mechanism has gotten goofed because of this, but the *CD* read mechanism is still ok. Maximo and a few other PS2 games were actually on CD, not DVD. If you look on the back cover, you will see the Compact Disc logo (in the lower right area on the box for Maximo). These games have a blue bottom disc instead of the silver bottom.
You can attempt to re-align the laser which is a fairly lengthy process and there are numerous guides out there to do this. Here is one: http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/hardware/ps2.ars
Note that this guide is for the larger model but the concept of lens adjustment is still the same and a quick google search will provide more in-depth detail. Since you have already opened your system, this may be an option for you. If the PS2 was purchased new as you said, it might not be the worst idea to exchange it for a new model as the lens going out this soon might be an indication that the unit wouldn't have lasted that long to begin with.
Also just a friendly reminder that opening your PS2 voids your warranty and double check the return policies of where you bought the system.