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Console will not read disc.

When I try to play any of my PS2 games I only get the error "the disc could not be read". Also, when I first place the disc in the console and close the cover the console makes an intermident buzzing sound. The buzzing stops after a few seconds but leaves me at the browser screen. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Good Knight Jan 15, 2008

    The CD lens cleaner worked like a champ! Thanks for the tip!

  • Ray07 Apr 05, 2009

    where did u get the cd at cuz i gotthe skinny ps2 and i just got new games

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    my ps2 slimline will do the opening sequence but then will not read the disc ik also have the same problem with my ps1.

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I had that same problem, Just purchase a cd lens cleaner and it worked.

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