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PS2 consule says read disc error for every game inserted

No matter what game I insert, I get a message across the screen that says read disc error or disc error.
Thank you.

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  • savemyps Dec 19, 2007

    Thanks so much will try it tonight.

  • savemyps Dec 19, 2007

    I forgot to add that the unit also makes a clicking sound while I am receiving the error message.

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2007

    my game is not reading

  • coltzone555 Sep 14, 2008

    my ps2 games always say disc read error

  • bcox716 Jan 02, 2009

    constant disc read error message. After several tries, occassionally it works. But loads very slowly. Thanks.

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I helped a friend fix his PS2 with these symptoms using this webpage:

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/hardware/ps2.ars

This is not to say yours has the same problems, but it's probably worth a try.

Good luck.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

  • ohiotom Dec 19, 2007

    The clicking sound is the read mechanism trying to find the starting point on the disk.



    If this works I hope you'll reconsider your rating.

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