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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 http://www.tweak3d.net/articles/ps2repair/4.shtml
The infamous Red Screen of Desk -- A.K.A. Insert a Format Disc screen.
screen is NOT asking for a disc to FORMAT the PS2. What it IS asking
for is a PS2 or Playstation format [or a better word -- PS2 or
Playstation TYPE disc. A disk with Playstation 1 or Playstation 2 type
software on it -- in other words, a ps1 or ps2 game]. It's basically
asking for a CD or DVD with software that the playstation can play.
This red screen occurs when you insert an XBOX game or a burned/copied
PS2 or PS1 game. What the PS2 is stating is that is cannot play this
format [or type of] disc. It's asking you to insert a format [or type
of] disc that it can recognize and use.
The most common reason
for this screen appearing, if your PS2 does NOT have a mod chip, is a
dirty lens. Try cleaning your lens and this should go away. What
happens is that the lens becomes dirty and does not recognize the disc
you inserted as being a PS2 or PS1 format [or type of] disc. So it's
asking you to insert one. If your PS2 does have a mod chip installed,
it could be a problem with the chip or the disc you burned. I don't
install or sell mod chips, so I can't help you with that one...
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 (http://www.us.playstation.com/support/ps2/hardwaresystem/default.html) to resolve this issue.
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.