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Ps2 wont read or load discs

I recently bought an old (clunky) ps2 from a neighbor, the thing is spotless. not one speck of dust in the entire system, but when i insert anything into the disc drive, it states that it is 'loading'... forever... im not talking about 1-2 min, more like 15-20 min. i opened it up to make sure that there was nothing causing problems (like cat hair or bugs) but like i said earlier, the thing is spotless! what do i do, oh guru of ps2 wisdom?

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Go here and go to the very end
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First start with cleaning with the lens, also clean the reflective mirror below the lens. Then try a cd format game (blue in colour) or audio cd. If that works bonus. If it still takes long to load and there is no "disk read error", it means that the unit was dropped, don't worry there is still hope by adjusting the lazer.

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Well the lense may be scratched or it may not sense the lid being totallly closed i had two that did that and man its anoying wel i hope it was one of those two couse if not i is very likely a problem with the software or hardwarre inside whuch is unfixable by you hope its cool later

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

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