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Why does my ps2 play cd-roms (blue discs) but not dvd-roms

My ps2 plays the blue discs (cd-roms) but not silver discs (dvd-roms)

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    none of my games work not even the new ones

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After extensive research on this subject and working on several Playstation II systems. I found out the reason your system will play only blue disks and not silver is a alignment problem with the laser. It could be tilted or set to high or low. The quickest solution is to call Sony and get a new laser with the shuttle. If i am not mistaken it cost 50.00 and just go to the playstation site select support and it will explain in full detail how to take your system apart and replace the laser and shuttle.

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The problem is that the laser power is either too low or the distance the lazer is from the disk is too far. It is easily fixable by opening up the DVD drive of the PS2 and adjusting a wheel (or two depending on which PS2 you have) so that the laser moves closer to the spinning disk. This is how I fixed mine, and it works perfectly, infact better than it ever did!

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My ps2 will onlt load games with blue on the bottom of the disc and not load the silver games. the discs are not scratch any idears on whot to do.


IF THE ONE WITH BLUE ON BOTTOM IS ORIGINAL AND THE ONE WITH SILVER IS PIRATED,IT MEANS THAT UR PS2 ONLY LOADS ORIGINAL DISCS. HAVE U TRIED LOADING ORIGINAL DVD WITH SILVER BOTTOM?
Give more details on ur problem (whether u r not able to run duplicate dvd or can only play dvds which u bought along with ps2)

Feb 24, 2011 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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PS2 will play any audio cd and any ps2 blue game disc. but it will not entertain a silver game disc or dvd. just keep getting Disc read error.


sounds like your laser is failing. You can find tutorials on how to adjust, clean or replace your laser. Do a google search for " ps22_bing.gif 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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It says..please insert a playstaion or playstation 2 disc format.


It's not asking for a specific disc, it's asking for a properly formatted PlayStation disc.

This message could mean that any one of several things has happened:
* You are trying to play a Japanese disc on a US PS2, or vice versa
* You are trying to play a game that has been copied onto a CD-R/DVD-R
* Your disc is scratched/dirty/otherwise unreadable
* Your disc isn't a format that the PS2 recognises (i.e. CD, DVD, PS CD-ROM, PS2 CD-ROM, PS2 DVD-ROM, etc)
* Your PS2 is broken

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My ps2 screen says 'insert a playstation or a ps2 format disc


t's not asking for a specific disc, it's asking for a properly formatted PlayStation disc.

This message could mean that any one of several things has happened:
* You are trying to play a Japanese disc on a US PS2, or vice versa
* You are trying to play a game that has been copied onto a CD-R/DVD-R
* Your disc is scratched/dirty/otherwise unreadable
* Your disc isn't a format that the PS2 recognises (i.e. CD, DVD, PS CD-ROM, PS2 CD-ROM, PS2 DVD-ROM, etc)
* Your PS2 is broken

Apr 02, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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My son played his Rock Band 2 on my brother's PS2 and it played fine. He then bought his own PS2 and could never get it to play. He has a Tiger Woods game that works fine on both games. Both machines are...


Is tiger woods a blue disc or silver?

The silver discs are DVD and the Blue ones are CD (same with the black PSOne discs). If Tiger woods is a CD then your DVD laser could be out.

You can try to clean the lasers lens and see if that helps, but if you have jsut got that machine you should take that back.

Apr 02, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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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.

Oct 02, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disk read problems


hello .this could be a laser problem .most of the blue discs are cd based .silver can be cd or dvd . do you know how to pull it apart .also what version is it .the waqy to tell is by model no,and the amount of screws in bottom case.8 or 10

Feb 09, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disk Read Error.


are the sports disc blue back cd roms opposed to silver back dvd roms if this is the case then your laser needs adjusting

Dec 07, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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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.

Nov 28, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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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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