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PS2 CDs are in fact DVDs, whereas PS1 CD are CDs. The DVD reading part of your laser unit is failing. You need to replace the laser unit. This is not necessarily an easy process as you may also need to tweak the positioning of the laser as well.
Your laser is probably on its way out -- as a laser starts to fail, it will first stop reading PS2 games (but will read some DVD movies OK). It will then stop reading DVD movies and only play CDs. Finally, it will not read anything at all. You can find a new laser, based on your PS2's model number, at the following website:
sounds like your laser is failing. You can find tutorials on how to adjust, clean or replace your laser. Do a google search for " ps2 disc read error " it will give you a choice of plenty of tutorials to follow. Good luck
your ps2 isn't reading cause your drive is dying. you can get a lil
more out of it by opening the ps2 up, (void your warranty if you have
one you will yess....) after flipping the top part of the cover to the
side (careful the power and reset button have a cable still connected)
you will want to remove the screws on the dvd rom, 4 lil tiny screws.
then remove the cover. you will see the lens and behind that a White
GEAr about the size of quarter. mark the teeth that meet the metal clip
on the left hand side of it with a marker. then twist the gear
clockwise slowly (click click click click) then you will hear a sound
and the laser will drop down. now do 2 to four clicks clockwise and
then put the thin cover back on the ps2 and boot it up and try a game
out. (please place cover back over dvd rom area for the dvd's fly off
and then the laser will melt a hole in your brain.) its' basically
readjusting the laser to read the cds. the blue ones are hard really
hard to get it to ready but silvers and ps1 are easiest. so if it
dosen't read the dvd or cd shut off the system take the thin cover back
off and do 2 to 4 more clicks clockwise and repeat until the cd reads.
The Blue back disc is CD format. The DVD laser circuit is giving you trouble. You can adjust the DVD pot some on the back of the Laser. Turn it about 3 degrees clockwise. Then put it the laser back in. Test the PS2 with no cover on, and use the white round disc from the laser drive cover to clamp a disc onto the spindle. Test DVD and PS2 Games that do not have Blue back.
Is this a new problem or has your PS2 always had this issue?
You cannot adjust the laser at all and are likely to damage it if you try, you can however clean the laser lens with a CD/DVD cleaning disk and you'd be surprised how often this resolves disk read issues.
Some of these units did have a production fault that prevented them from reading DVD's, if your PS2 has had this fault since new and/or is under 12 months old you could probably have had it repaired/replaced by Sony but by opening it you will have invalidated you're warranty.