Question about Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

1 Answer

Disc reading Whenever I put a game or DVD in my PS2 (SCPH-30001), it displays "reading disc..." for a while, then displays "Cannot read disc." This happens with every disc EXCEPT Metal Gear Solid 2, which works perfectly. I tried using a lens cleaning disc, but that did not help. How can I get it to play games and DVD's and why does it only play the one game? I also have a Hard Disc Drive installed, but I could not save or load games directly to it, I had to save to a memory card then copy the files to the HDD, is this normal operation, or is there something wrong? Thank You

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 3 tips or uploaded 2 video tips.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 78 Answers
Re: disc reading - Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console Video Game Consoles

Replace the lens with a new one.

Posted on Sep 07, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Playstation 2 won't play DVDs

if it's a fat PS2 and
model SCPH 30001, SCPH 35001
(not including the models with an 'R' after the model #.

these models need the following to play DVDs:
- PS2 DVD remote with IR unit
- PS2 DVD disc player (sold with DVD remote w/ IR unit)
- PS2 memory card

you copied the DVD disc to the memory card. you used the memory card to play DVDs.

later models didn't need the memory card to play DVDs.

hope this helps :D

Jul 16, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

1 Answer

PS2 will not play DVDs

hEy i hAd the sAme pRob...............dOn wOrRy all u hAv to do is to turn on uR pS2 witthout puttin a DVD oR aNy diSc........on mEnu screen gOto [options] by pRessing 'triangle' button......... a new screen will appear select by pressing 'X' [DISC SPEED]....n sEt it to fAst.....then insert the DVD movie........tURn off n hold the reset button till the blue light is turned on......release the button and press it again.............. it wOuld take a little tYm foR uR DVD movie to be patient till the movie plays it self..............

Jun 13, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

1 Answer

How can i modify my ps2 scph-30001

go to you tube and it shows u how to or go to e starland .com and buy magic 3 ps2 moder (its a dvd)

Mar 15, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

1 Answer

My PS2 only reads blue discs?

go here and go to the very end. hope this helps :D

Jan 25, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

2 Answers

PS2 Modded Trouble Reading DVDr's

Your DVD potentiometer pot on the back of the PS2 laser lens needs to be readjusted. Some people will try to tell you it's out of alignment but if that was the case it would not read CD's. Some people will try to tell you the laser lens is bad. If that was the case it would not read CD's. On the back of the laser lens are two potentiometer pots. In english? Two lil screws that are turnable. One controls the power of the DVD laser one controls the power of the CD laser.

That link will give you pretty lil pictures of what i'm talking about :)

In a nut shell the story goes like this folks. If your PS2 won't read certain game DVD's that are of a certain color or if it all of a sudden mysteriously fails to read games it once read but will play cd's just fine, the voltage of the laser for DVD's is not set correctly. (this does needs manual tweeking from time to time if you take your ps2 and move it around alot or if you take it over to friends houses etc etc. Basicly alot of movment in general can take this out of alignment. Even keeping the PS2 on it's side could theoreticly (just my opinion) based on gravitational pull, unbalance the potentiometer.


Step 1 identify your PS2 version:

Version 1 - SCPH-30001, 10 screws on bottom of case, serial no. starts with "U1"
Version 2 - SCPH-30001, 10 screws on bottom of case, serial no. starts with "U0"
Version 3 - SCPH-30001, 10 screws on bottom of case, serial no. starts with "U2"
Version 4 - SCPH-30000, 30001, 35001, 30002, 35002, 30003, 35003, 30004, or 35004, 8 screws on bottom of case

NOTE: Version 4 has 2 varieties of motherboard: Gap/No Gap, the difference between v4 "Gap" and v4 "No Gap" is the "Gap" is there's a spot in the center of bios chip where each side lacks solder points.

Version 5 - SCPH-30000R, 30001R, 30002R, 30003R, 30004R, or 30006R. Also, some SCPH-30000, 30001, 30002, 30003, and 30004 models have a V5/V6

NOTE: Version 5 & 6 - the difference between these two versions is one of the connectors in the corner.

Version 7 - SCPH-39000, 39001, 39002, 39003, 39004, 39008 or 37000
Version 8 - Only in Japanese consoles. SCPH-39000, or, SCPH-39006 (GH-022 BIOS 090)
Version 9 - if you have SCPH-50000, 50001, 50002, 50003, 50004, 50006, or 50007 you have a v9 or v10 board.
Version 10 - SCPH-5000x, with date code "3D" to the right and below the serial number on the back of the console. (GH-026 board)

NOTE: To know if its a v9/v10 start up PS2 with no game in it ,press triangle and check dvd driver version dvd ver 3.00 = v9 & dvd ver 3.02 = v10.

If your model # is SCPH-50000, 50001, 50002, 50003 or 50004 AND if you can find a small ''a'' under the SCPH number or have DATECODE "3C" you have a V9 PS2 main board. (GH-026 board).

If your model # is SCPH-50000, 50001, 50002, 50003 or 50004 AND if you can find DATE CODE "3D" as shown below, you have a V10 PS2 main board. (GH-026 board).

Version 12 - The new slimline PS2 consoles are referred to as PSTwo here, but elsewhere they are also known as "v12" units... their numbers are SCPH-70011/SCPH-70012, and also SCPH-70004 CB (Belgium).

Step 2 use either google or the link above. If you're using google your keyword search will be something like "ps2 v12 laser lens adjustment" *replace v12 with your ps2 model.

In either case navigate to the site and follow instructions to set the pots back to their factory default settings.

Oct 11, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

1 Answer

Ps2 disc wont spin

try loosening the screw to the left of the laser i believe its a torx bit.( i just used a very small flathead). on my broken scph 30001 i used to have to manuallly spin the disk for it to read games so i loosened that screw and lubricated all the tracks with wheel bearing grease(white lithium would be better but i work on cars so it's what i had.

Jul 05, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console Logo

Related Topics:

116 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Video Game Consoles Experts


Level 3 Expert

3018 Answers


Level 3 Expert

6993 Answers

Troy Gorman
Troy Gorman

Level 3 Expert

508 Answers

Are you a Sony Video Game Console Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides