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Disc Read Error message...

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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  • merf_2 Oct 22, 2008

    I don't mean to be dumb, but I can't find the instructions... Can you provide a link for me???

  • merf_2 Oct 22, 2008

    I'm using a real game... Not a burned copy of a game...

  • merf_2 Oct 22, 2008

    cool... Thanks very much!



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You could try flashing the firmware..just a shot in the dark, but what the heck, you got nothing to loose. Instructions can be found at the PS2 website.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson Oct 22, 2008

    OK, sorry ,my mistake..there is no firmware update for the PS2. Only for the PS3.

    Tell me one thing, are you using an original PS2 game CD or a copied one? Because if you are using a copied CD, you could have this trouble. Try with an original game Cd and let me know. Or else you will have to purchase and install mod chips for your PS2..

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    Swilin Sampson Oct 22, 2008

    I dont think there is a problem with the lens. It looks like the firmware on the PS2 is corrupt, which could entail expensive repairs. I am afraid that apart from a servicing, there is nothing much else that can be done. This would not be worth the while, considereing that you just paid $10 for it. I would recommend buying a new piece as repairs would amount to almost the same cost as a new one...

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    Swilin Sampson Oct 22, 2008

    NP..sorry I couldn't you further..



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