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Ps2 disc read error

Hi i can play old ps games and blue ps2 games but not new ps2 games that are silver and no dvd will play

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Re: ps2 disc read error

This is a common problem with the PS2 - the laser head is out of alignment.

This is not a problem that a novice should try to fix. In most cases I your best solution is to take the PS2 to a local repair shop - many TV repair shops also repair PS2's, and this is a very common problem that they will be aware of and familiar with.

The upside of taking it to the repair shop is that they will give a limited warranty on the repair so that if the problem pops up again (that happens often too) you can take it back and have them fix it again for free. The downside is that many shops charge you more to repair this than it would cost to purchase a used and working unit on EBay...

If you feel confident in your ability to do the repair yourself, please consult this website for step by step instructions:

The instructions on this site are excellent - I have used this tutorial myself to correct this problem on PS2's. One small point that I want to add - you will be adjusting the height of a laser. Do NOT look into the laser with it turned on! Be sure to place the laser cover back in its slot prior to turning the unit on to test it.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007

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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.

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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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 :)

Aug 29, 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.

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

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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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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

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thats something you will have to take up with a employee at a place like gamestop.

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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.

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