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PS 2 read problem

This sound similar to other problems I've seen on this site but I would like to see if the problem is more specific.

My kids received Guitar Hero 3 for X-mas and were playing it a lot on and before New Years Eve.

On New Years day when the kids tried to start the game the system would not read the game disk or any of the other game disks I put into the system.

I checked the disks for scratches, etc. and I even tried a newer DVD but still the system would not recongize that there was a valid disk in the system.

I plugged everything from the system: controllers, memory card, power and video cables.

After checking over the system, I reconnected everything and on the second try the system recongized the disks in the system including GH3.

Has anyone encountered a similar problem?

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Re: PS 2 read problem

I cleaned the lens with lint free cloth without alcohol and now everything runs. Thank you for your help. Anyone else with this problem should try it. Open up the case and clean the lens.

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Re: PS 2 read problem

It sounds like your laser is starting to wear out. You could try a cleaning kit - any kit designed to clean a DVD player will work. You can get some "designed" for the PS2, but they're really the exact same thing as the DVD ones.

If you want to really clean the laser right, you'd have to open the case, find the laser and clean it with a lint-free swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

If cleaning doesn't fix it, you may have to replace the laser, or have it replaced. That's a bit more involved, but if you need that let me know and I'll find the information for you. If you do need that, and decide to have it fixed, make sure you compare the cost of replacement with repair. With the PS3 out, used PS2 prices have gone down considerably.


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