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I have bought a ps2 game and when loaded it asks me to insert a ps or ps2 format disc. what is this and where do i aquire one.

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This was a problem that I had on my old PS2 as well. First thing you should do is test out different types of discs, like an audio CD,DVD's, games with a silver backside, and games with a blue backside. Ifnone of them work then most likely dust is covering the lens, preventingit from reading the disc. Sometimes this can be resolved with a lens cleaner.

However, it can also mean that the laser needs to be cleaned manually (by hand) or that the laser itself needs to be realigned. Either of these can be done yourself, but if your system is still under warranty you may not want to. It involves voiding your warranty bybreaking the seal to the Playstation to gain access to the laser. If you wish to attempt this, here are the case removal instructions and here are the laser adjustment instructions.

Best of luck, let me know how it goes and if you need more help fell free to message me.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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