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My playstation won't read my silver disc!!!!

But it will read the blue ones and all my silver disc r new:)

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You need to adjust the laser. Go to my recent post to find out how.

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Why won't my playstation 2 read colored discs? It reads silver discs fine, but red, black, blue, etc., get disc read error.


That is a very odd problem. There are a couple reasons this could happen. The first depends on the age of your console. If this is one of the older systems, (one of the first one's sold), then it could be that those disks are incompatible with your firmware. Otherwise, it would sound like the eye of your disk reader is malfunctioning, and not reading through the colored plastics correctly.

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PS2 wont read Silver bottom games


really...mostly its the blue backs that mess up ..all i can say is if u have not already change you component video out in you configuration and change the disc speed and texture mapping.u can find that by going to the main screen and press triangle and go to ps driver and press triangle and pick the one u want to change..hope this helps :)

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My playstation will not read the purple/dark blue discs??


well you can't really do anything about it. i have heard about these things happening and all you can do is go buy another game.

Mar 02, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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Will not read blue discs no problem with clear(silver) ones tho.


1. Apparently, blue PS2 discs are lighter than silver ones, so they tend to move around more when the PS2 is reading them. To fix this, you can put duct tape on the top of the disc. This will make it heavier, so it won't move around too much and it should make reading the disc easier for your poor PS2. People have told me that this indeed works (but not always). Don't go overboard with the tape though. Attempt at your own risk. 2. If the problems occurs when the PS2 is horizontal, try putting it into its vertical position. Or try putting it horizontal if it is vertical. 3. Use a can of compressed air to clean dust out of the system. 4. Make sure your game discs are not the problem. Keep them as clean as possible. Even small scratches can cause problems. 5. Open up your PS2 and clean it out or try adjusting the lens. Very risky and voids your warranty. 6. Try using a DVD lens cleaner (for problems reading silver discs) or a CD lens cleaner (for blue disc problems). 7. Send your system to Sony for repairs. Due to a lawsuit, Sony may have to repair your PS2 for free even if there is no warranty. Contact Sony for details. That is all the advice I can give. If the len(s) cleaners or compressed air don't work, then you are probably just out of luck. There is no magic way to suddenly get your PS2 working again without professional repair.

The trick to getting the discs to play on any PS@ (old or new) when they are black or blue is to put a piece of tape lengthwise and width wise around the hole in the disc on the topside (picture-side) of the disc. What this does is add weight to the disc and thus allows the PS2 to read it more accurately. I had bought many older titles not too long ago and was disappointed when they didn't work. Then I spoke with a Japanese expert online and he suggested using scotch tape around the hole in the disc and it worked instantly. Don't be fooled into buying a new PS2, just a roll of scotch tape. You'll only need four one inch strips.

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PS2 will not read disc for Guitar Hero


theres a difference in the older guitar hero games and newer ones, CD Rom for the older and DVD Rom for the newer, Ps2 wont read the DVD Rom ones, my experiance so far.

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Lee playstaytion two


Hi Lee,
Your lasers on the way out.
it,s all to do with the power output of the laser head, and the angle for reading the 2 different disk types.
i,d suggest getting a new laser fitted. not too expensive usually with older consoles. Try E-Bay :)
Mike @ Compurepair.

Feb 18, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disc Read Error


There is not a way to keep it from resetting, however it does sound like the lens is bad. Since it sounds like you have no problem working with them you can get a new lens cheaper than buying a new machine. The 30001's had 2 or 3 different type lens in them. You can seach ebay for them, they are normally for sale there around $40-50 last time I checked. Since cleaning and adjusting does not fix it, I think this is the last resort, other than full replacement of the system :-) Sorry....

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Play station 2 won't read silver disc only reads blue disc


Hi Elvis,

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.

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My ps2 doesnt read some of my games


This can sometimes be caused by the actual PS2 media. PS2 discs usually have either a silver or blue bottom. Silver is DVD media and Blue is CD media. Sometimes the laser mechanism gets a little wonky and can't read one type or another. Typically, older games had the blue discs (Kinetica and Gran Turismo are some of the oldest games on the system) I would check the color of your existing games and see if that is an issue. Another possible idea is that you just got a bad disc, it doesn't happen very often but it does pop up from time to time.

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My PS2 Slim plays music, black and blue discs, but doesn't play silver discs nor DVDs.


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.

Aug 09, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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