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Disk read i have an older version ps 2 and it wont read some disk in silver format but will read others, am i ok to use a phillips brand dvd laser lens cleaner

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Re: disk read

This may be caused by the discs you are trying to read are Dual-Layer format DVD's. Your best bet would be to get in contact with Sony.

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My p-2 wont read anything but one disk game-gta-3.isnt that old,or beaten,been left on a few times,,discs are in good shape,can i clean it.or ?i got a brand new game today,,wont do nothin,gta-5.,,,dvd vids...

Your PS2 is equipped with a cooling fan which keep it nice and cool, the only problem is that it sucks up dust in the process.

Take your PS-2 apart, you will see the "eye" or laser, this is something you NEVER touch!!!!

Do not use a air compressor, it will spray moister and it has to high of a PSI!!

Get a can of compressed air and hold it upright (do not tilt the can of air or shake it or it will spray nitrogen, freezing your PS-2) and spray the PS-2 with the air using 2 second burst, moving the PS ,not the air. Be sure to spray the "eye" and the housing.

Reassemble the PS-2 and it should work fine.

If not, you need to replace the laser.

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

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Ps2 wont read discs and asks for format disc

I can guess that the games you are trying to play have a Blue underneath and not silver. This was a big problem with my sons disks too using the older version of the ps2. We managed to mess about with some of the settings and changed the rgb setting to the other option (can't remember what that was now...sorry) and got some of them to work, but not for long. When the new games come out now they expect you to have the slimline ps2 and unfortunalty won't work on the older model. So to fix this problem I just bought a new one.

Oct 26, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Will play CD's but not DVD's or Games

You have to take the box apart and clean the lens.Ok !
  1. The white plastic gear that moves the laser must make contact with the "motor". A bad contact here can cause disk read errors. Sometimes it looks Ok, but you may need to remove the lens and bend the white gear for good contact.
  2. The two rails on which the lens move must be very slippery - which can be lubricated with cooking or motor oil. Usually the holes where the rail is (on the right side of the lens) are dirty or you have to bore then out slightly, making the holes bigger.
  3. The lens uses little torx screw (black) that move the lens up and down on the rail. Usually the lens is too high and requires adjustment.
  4. Take the lens off these 2 rails and take the black plastic cover off. Turn the lense upside-down and you'll find there are 2 screws (silver, phillips or torx) that you have to remove to take the upper little lens off.
  5. Then you'll see a larger lens that is usually very dirty (this lens is a mirror to light). If that's dirty, it will give a disk read error. You'll have to take the little electric board off that you see on the other side of the big lens-mirror. It's probably dirty too, so clean it. Alcohol should work OK for this task.
  6. The lens bottom has 2 + 2 screws. You move the upper "little" lens up-down-left-right (this may require a special screwdriver)
  7. The motor "rail" that moves the lens must be very clean and oiled and the 2 rails too.

Jun 06, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Is it all of your disks or just that one? If it is just one disk then you should try and clean the disk. If it is all of the disks then you may have a dirty laser eye and need to get a dvd cleaner, I personally recommend the phillips brand dvd cleaning kit. It should be a disk cleaner and a cd/dvd cleaning system for the laser eye. It usually runs under 15 dollars. If this doesnt work then your system is shot and you should replace it.

Mar 28, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Can't Read DVD Games.

Your laser needs to be adjusted Inside the PS2 there is a white wheel that can adjust the laser up and down to find it's sweet spot for reading all types of disks. It's also possible something is wrong with the laser and it needs to be replaced.

Mar 03, 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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PS" Version 12

check to make sure flat cable that connects laser is installed correctly or isnt damaged.

Jan 09, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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PS2 Slim does not read disk

Check this Solutions,
Check temp of console, if ok continue:
Check the disc is Scratch, if ok continue:
Check the Laser is funcion, try a dvd, cd or ps1 game, if ok continue:
Check the Laser aligning up.

Dec 12, 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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Playstation2 not working properly

Hi there. Are the older games you're trying to play CD games ? They might be :) The laser lens in such consoles can be fried on the dvd part, but still read CD's. Have you tried, to read a DVD Movie in it ? I bet it doesn't work either. The slimlines are infamous for laser burnout, and god they're quick to burn. You can try to clean your laser lens with a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol, but i'd say you're already out of luck. The optical lens is quite easy to replace in those units. They can be found on ebay and on various websites for 20$, and if you can play a bit with a phillips screwdriver, chances you'll be able to replace it yourself with a bit of patience are good enough. If you need additional help just ask, hope that helps ! cheebster.

Jun 09, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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