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Most common issue (assuming it hasn't been modded) is simply dirty connections. With the power off and unplugged (say saying to protect myself so someone doesn't get electrocuted), use compressed air to spray out thee ports. From there, dip q-tips in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and gently clean the metal connections on both the PS3 and device that is being connected. There is a chance that one of the tiny metal connectors have broken off. If the other port is still working, you could pick up a hub which is a device that has one USB end that plugs into the PS3 but multiple input ports to allow multiple devices.
You can only play PS2 games on your PS3 if it is backwords compatible, and the easy way to find out is to see how many USB Ports are in front of the console. If you have 2 USB Ports, no go. If you have 4 USB Ports in front, it is backwords compatiable. Another easy way to find out is if you own a fat PS3 with 4USB Ports you are good to go, just pop the CD in and it will play. If you own a slim PS3, you are out of luck, when Sony intoduced the slim ps3, to save money, they removed the backwords compatible chip from the hardware inside.
60 gb first gen 100% bwcp ...4 usb frontloader ports
40 gb first gen 50 % bwcp...2 usb frontloader ports
80 gb second gen 20% bwcp....2 usb frontloader ports
120 gb third gen 0% bwcp
sony is currently on a high horse with the "downloading era"
with along psp go
think they give it a 16 gb internal hdd for nothin'
but anyways there could be the reason its not worken for ya
if it is under warranty save your game data on a flash drive (formated in FAT32 is best) try a system restore and if that doesn't work call sony and they should replace it . if not under warranty search the web for your specific problem and there are heaps if people opening them up and fixing problems good luck.