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Ps2 will not read any discs, even brand new ones.

My ps2 is practically brand new. It will not read any discs and from time to time requests a ps or ps2 format disc. How can I resolve this issue, and if a formatting disc is necessary where can I find one? Thank you for your help.

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Unfortunately that is the error of alot of Sony systems, the eye that reads the discs tend to go bad, if it is still under warranty Sony will replace it but you need to give them a call and have the serial number ready, otherwise you will need to pay a fee for the fix. Might end up being cheaper purchasing a new one if it is not under warranty.

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