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I HAVE AN OLDER PS2 AND THE LASER KEEPS POPPING UP AND DOWN AND KNOCKING THE DISC OUT. WHAT CAN I DO?

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  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    have same problem and i went to technician told me
    the lens must adjusted 
    and work just fine

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You need to adjust the ps2 laser
there are some really good videos on youtube of how to do this step by step
i have seen this problem so many times
i've fixed hundreds of ps2s
been working on them since before they were released

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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Playstation 2 keeps coming up disc read error? got a new one,was able to play it for a day or so ,and then the same thing happens.


do you mean you got a new game or console? If you got a new game it sounds like your laser is failing. You can google on how to adjust, clean or replace your laser. Some people have success with weighting the discs down with tape on top in an even pattern so balance is not thrown off. do a google search for " ps2 disc read error " it will give you a choice of plenty of tutorials to follow. Good luck =)

Feb 04, 2010 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Ps2 powers up, but disc is not spinning and


Following could be the reasons for not spinning any PS2 disc:
  • A dirty laser. Try cleaning the laser and see if it helps. If you can see crust or dust covering the laser eye, it may not be strong enough to read anything at all. If the laser looks clean, this is probably not the issue.
WATCH this video to clean lens


  • An unplugged laser cable. These things normally do not come out by themselves, but if you opened the ps2 that was spinning OK to clean the laser and/or removed the laser to clean it, plugged it in, now it's spinning 1/2 of a turn, the laser cable may not be in securely. If it is in securely, make sure it is plugged into the motherboard end properly.
  • A dead laser. On models 30001, 35001, and some 30001R, this is the most likely issue. These models are old and the original lasers were a bit unreliable.

No Spin At All If your spindle hub is NOT SPINNING AT ALL, NOT EVEN 1/2 OF A TURN, it may be bad or unplugged. A tell tale sign of it being unplugged is if you hit eject, the laser moves down the rail, and starts grinding because the PS2 keeps trying to move it down the rail even though it hit the end. There's a small switch on the spindle hub that tells the unit to stop pushing the laser because it's reached the end. Spindle hubs usually do not go bad by themselves, usually either the PS2 too a bad fall and it became bent [try spinning it by hand], or someone the cable out and put it in too many times [or incorrectly] and the silver contacts on the cable were detached.

Nov 18, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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My ps2 plays all games but keeps coming up no disc when i try to load crazy taxi


That disc must have a scratch or the platter is deterated or its dirty. You might want to also buy a cleaning kit for your ps2 and clean the opti laser and get a disk cleaner for your games. Thanks

Sep 23, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Gta san andreas loads but then says error reading disc


if you are using the older style ps2 fat one then its probly that the disc might either be scratched a bit and almost outta date as a older ps2 gets used it will begin to have disc reading errors what i did was upgrade to the slim they have less problems with disck reading erros over time id do one of two things or both take the disc to someone or a place to have it professionly cleaned for at most 3 bucks then try it then if not try leaning your ps2 upright and incert the disc some times doing that will make the laser not hickup and read it better with the motor running sideways keepng it from skipping . if it dosnt help much im sorry but its always a good try ;)

Apr 30, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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My ps2 disc will spin for about 15 seconds then stop


the motor bearing is bad,is your ps2 standing up or on side, try different posistions. worse case sinaerio get new motor.

Mar 20, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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My Playstation 2 Console Keeps 'Freezing'


Well, you have one of two things going on. Either A.) your laser lens is dirty or B.) Your laser lens is out of alignment.

Using lens cleaner kits are useless for any cdrom or dvdrom if you're a smoker and smoke around your PS2. Reason I say this is nicotine and other resin forms cloud your lens over time and create a film on it.

By what it sounds like to me is since it's reading disks part of the time and kinda works, that your laser lens alignment might be ok. However, don't rule this out completely.

First, do a cleaning. Power on your PS2 and open dvdrom tray via the button on your console and power down the PS2 via the switch on the back. The point of this is to keep the dvdrom tray open as you take apart your PS2 so we can get at the lens. Take the PS2 apart (flip it upside down and remove the 8 screws from the bottom, 4 maybe covered up by rubber and plastic square plates so remove those to get at the screws) Next, take the top of the PS2 off and look at the DVD assembly, there should be four screws that keep the lid on the dvdrom. Remove these four screws and take the plastic plate off the top of the dvdrom. Watch this video and clean the following items:



Put your PS2 back together and test. If this doesn't work let me know and i'll go over instructions on how to align your laser lens. But i'm quite sure, by what you have told me, that this is your problem.



Nov 27, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Sony ps2 read disc error problem


Now this is strange PS2 hangs up..............!!!wHich pS2 u have.........???slim or the old fat one.........???As far as disc read errors are there, u should clean ur lens by using some lens cleaner CD or do it manually[for fat one] urself it not a big deal........becarefull while opening the cover....clean the dust on lens with the tissue or any other light material......the problem can also b with ur disc change that also...........

Sep 17, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disc doesnt spin , the lens dont move up and down , only lights red


Sounds like a motor issue, not a laser issue.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PSTwo-Slim-DVD-Drive-Snake-Motor_W0QQitemZ290237209741QQcmdZViewItem?IMSfp=TL080609158a11571

That link is for a new snake motor which moves the laser back and forth

http://cgi.ebay.com.my/Playstation-2-Ps2-PS2-Spindle-Motor-V3_W0QQitemZ250083031090QQihZ015QQcategoryZ11328QQcmdZViewItem

This link is for a new spindle motor.

Jun 11, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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PS2 not reading disks


Your lazer lense has bit the dust. Depending on your model type the first gen systems lazers are very easy to replace. The later versions sony made it harder to replace. You can find out what model you have by looking at the back of your PS2 then you can either call sony or go to there website and find out what generation PS2 you have. Then go from there. Hope this helps

May 08, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Slim ps2


disc not scratched? laser maybe dying! how did you clean the laser?

Oct 13, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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