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Playstation 2 Error

Get error of "insert format disc".

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Re: Playstation 2 Error

Your Laser lens needs cleaning and rubber wheel on top of drive motor is dirty.

Clean lens with canned air And clean rubber part on top of drive motor with rubbing alcohol these procedures require removal of console covers

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When i insert a god of war platinum disc in my ps2 it shows please insert playstation or play station format 2 format disc.why

You may need to take apart you PS2 and rotate the white gear about 1/8 of a turn or so and test with just the DVD lid on before you put it back together. If you still get the error try another 1/8 of a turn and so on. Detailed instructions and pictures can be found here on how to take apart your PS2

Jan 12, 2013 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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Error please insert a playstation or playstation2 format disc

If it happens for all your discs then clean the PS2 with a laser lens cleaning kit like this one:

If it only happens for one disc then bring the disc to a game store like Gamestop or Rock30 Games and have them professionally clean the disk for a couple bucks.

Sep 02, 2012 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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Playstation 2 disc format error

Your disc is dead. You need to buy a new one for that game.

Jul 31, 2012 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disk read error

The 'Disc Read Error' error message, 'Please Insert a Playstation 2 Formatted Disc' error message, or the 'No Data' error message is an indicator by your system that the console is having difficulty reading the game disc. This could be for many reasons; usually this is because the game disc is damaged or unreadable. However, in some situations, this can be a sign of a more serious issue with your Sony PlayStation 2. Try all of the steps listed below to troubleshoot the error:

Check the game disc.

1. If there are any noticeable scratches or smudges on the surface of the game disc, try to clean them off by using a non-abrasive cotton cloth.
Note: Do not rub hard and do not rub in a circular motion as this could further damage the game disc.
2. If there aren’t any noticeable scratches or smudges on the surface of the game disc, try using that game disc in another PlayStation 2.

* If the game disc works in another system, this is an indicator that your PlayStation 2 may be damaged. For information on getting your system repaired or replaced, you will want to contact Sony directly for assistance at 1-800-345-SONY.
* If the game disc does not work in another system, this is a good indicator that the disc is damaged or defective. To acquire a replacement game disc, you will want to refer to your manual for warranty information specific to your product.

Some Playstation systems, especially the older models, have trouble reading some newly manufactured Playstation 2 game disks. Sony recommends using their Auto Diagnosis tool ( to resolve this issue.

Apr 05, 2010 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Ps2 format disc

Dirty laser / or a damaged disk.
Open it up and use a Q-tip soked in windex
wipe , then try it again should fix the red screen of death.

Jun 04, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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Please insert ps2 format disc?

Try inserting the disc in your computer. If it reads its fine. Then look if the Slus...... is compatible.maybe thats why it doesn't play. your ps2 must have an old bios system even if slim.

Mar 05, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disc Read Error ( slim PS2)

Ah yes the dreaded DRE... time to replace your ps2 dude, this is the easiest and least headache solution.

Logged too many hours on those poor machines ;)

Aug 18, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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No data disc error

not all dvds will play in a ps2 some have different formats than others

Mar 23, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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When disc inserted says disc error on screen

Try a laser cleaning disk, you may have debris on the laser head itself.
Also try different disk formats, such as Games-Music-DVD And bluray.
Find out if it,s reading anything At All.
Mike @ Compurepair.

Feb 22, 2008 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) Console

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Disk format

1) Turn on machine
2) Open Tray
3) With tray still open hold the reset until the tray closes.
4) Tap the reset once.
if there is a format disc error, it says "Please insert a Playstation or Playstation 2 format disc." It is accompanied by a sound similar to the browser, but with a more tense noise. This is caused by a disc being so badly scratched that it completely fails to recognise the format, or if there is a problem with the laser. Auto-Diagnosis (PlayStation 2 system) 1. Turn on the system without a disc inside. 2. Once at the Main Menu, press the triangle button to enter the Version Information Screen. 3. Highlight the "Console" option, and then press the triangle button again. 4. Next, press the X button, highlight "On", and then press the X button once more. 5. Now press the circle button twice to return to the Main Menu. 6. Press the eject button on the front of the console, and insert a disc. 7. Now close the disc tray, but DO NOT reset the system. 8. Highlight the Browser option from the Main Menu, and then press the X button. 9. In the Browser, an icon of the disc should appear on the screen. Highlight this icon, and then press the X button to read the disc. 10. If the auto-diagnosis is successful, the disc should load properly at this point.NOTE: The auto-diagnosis feature will return to "Off" the next time a disc is inserted.

Dec 15, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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