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It won't read! please help

My ps2 won't reada lot of my disks. it will read audio and playstation one disks, but if i put in a dvd, it says that it can't read it, and when i try my ps2 games, it will go to the browse screen and say reading disk. then, sometimes if i wait an hour, it's still trying to read it, sometimes it will show that it's reading the disk, but then when i tell it to play the disk, it just goes black, sometimes shows the usual playstation 2 logo, then goes back to browse. i've tried a lot of things. i've tried wiping the scanner with a towle (it's not easy. i have one of the big bulky ones) cleaning it with a towel that has rubbing achocle on it, setting the read speed to fast, spraying the inside with airosoul, and usuing the auto diagnostic thinger-migig. i've heared of thouse lens cleaners where it's like a disk with brushes on it, but i have no clue where to get thouse. please help me, i've had my playstation 2 for servral years, and it was working perfectly until i tried playing the new .hack game that i got.

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Re: it won't read! please help

Weak (bad) lazer

you can Google for repair or replacement part

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I put a scratched video game into my ps2 slim and it kept on reading the disc but the game never started it just kept on reading the the same time my ps2 is making a clicking can i fix...

Undortunately, if the disk is scratched, there is not much you can do, other than buy a new disk. Lots of video game/DVD rental stores have disk repair machines, so you could try and take your disk there to see if that helps.

Jan 14, 2011 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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I have a PS2 Slim and it won't read discs. Every time I put a disc in it won't spin it will just go to the screen that says browser and system configuration. Please help me!!


1. DVD has lots of scratches
2. Regional Settings
3. Incorrect DVD settings for PS2
4. No/Incorrect Disc


1. Clean your discs well and avoid incurring scratches. Place it in
its box after use.
2. DVDs have encoding. They are encoded by regions. Thus, you cannot
play region 2 DVDs on a US Playstation mainly because the US
Playstation 2 can only read DVD that are encoded in Region 1 or
those DVDs that are encoded for all regions. Again, US PS2 are
region 1 capable. Japanese PS2s are Region 2 Capable.
3. There are a number of settings for the DVD playback of your
PS2. First is the rating of the DVD. If you want to watch a
rated R movie, make sure your PS2 allows viewing of R movies.
You'll be setting this during the first time that you'll be
watching a DVD. It's just the same as real theaters. It is also
protected with password so you need the person who set it up
the first time in order to bypass the rating settings.
4. Put in a DVD first and make sure that it is a Movie. And,
check #2.

Nov 22, 2010 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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Won 't read the disk

try puting in a ps2 game in and play it for 1 minute then quite and take it out and put in your ps3 game in it should work if u get a error code well i dont no wat to tell you. hope it works..

Feb 14, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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The playstation got really sensitive with reading disks

Sounds like you need to clean the lens on your PS2. The best solution is to find a DVD player lens cleaner from a local electronics store (make sure it is a good quality one, don't buy the cheapest one) and put it into your PS2 disc tray. It will play the disc using the DVD player on the PS2. Make sure you follow the directions for the lens cleaner very carefully, as you don't want to accidentally scratch your lens.

That should help with the reading issues. Good luck!

Jan 31, 2010 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Playstation 2 Disk read error.

try cleaning the disk with cleaner if you dont have cleaner use water

Jan 21, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Playstation 2 slim

you might want to get a long q-tip and gently put alcohol on it and swap the lens.then have another tip ready to dry off. ps2 games are basiclly a dvd . and you can find info about a lawsuit that sony has against them for not being able to read dvd's.

Jul 19, 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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your laser is weak or faulty.
Try using a laser head cleaning disk, or have a replacement laser fitted.

Mike @ Compurepair.

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

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By formatting a disk, your actually creating a Blank-Disk.

The PS2 won,t read a blank disk.

is your console Saying " disk format Unknown "

This is a completely different Issue.

In this case, the PS2 does not play this type of Disk.

Mike @ compurepair.

Mar 14, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Cant play games or cd's or dvd's

Sounds as though the drive may be failing. If the unit spins and whirs a lot when loading disks, it will most likely need replacing

Jul 24, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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