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Re: PS2 Will Play PS1 games but sticks in browser mode for PS2 Games

Any advice please? Have swabbed lens but it appears player only plays dark colored disks not silver/light colored PS2 discs.

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Re: re: PS2 Will Play PS1 games but sticks in browser...

When you change the laser it is not just a matter of remove and replace have to have the right gear to set up the lense..all versions have different settings

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Why dose my ps2 only read ps1 games

Since PS1 Games Have Less Compaction Than PS2 Games It Needs Full Use Of The Laser Sensor To Play The PS2 Game. If Its Dirty Open Up The PS2 And Clean The Laser Sensor With Rubbing Alcohol And A Cotton Swab. It May Also Be The Fact That You Knocked Something Loose And The PS2 Cant Run At Full Capacity. If The 2nd Thing Happened You Must Take It To Game Stop,Eb Games, Or Any Electronics Store And Have Them Fix It. Look For A Video On Youtube That Gives Details On How To Clean The Sensor.

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My ps2 can't play ps1 games and DVD's

heythat does'nt work because only PS3's can play games from lower versions of the play station

Jan 11, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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could be laser problem. redlight mode laser controls ps2/dvd/cd reading. does it read bluray games?

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It's likely the DVD laser behind the lens is faulty, this would allow it to only play PS1 games. You can try contacting sony as they do both warranty and non warranty repairs. <---- contact info

Hope this helps.

Mar 30, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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your slimline might not normally play the games Use swap magic it should have two discs one for booting PS2 games and one for booting PS1 games you simply put the appropriate swap magic disc and then the game you want to play

This is what it states under What games support Swap Magic 3?

Swap Magic 3 support almost all SEGA ROMS, SNES ROMS, PS1 & PS2 Games!!

Feb 23, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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Ps2 slim, plays ps1 games but wont play ps2 games

umm maybe something is wrong with the ps2 or is it getting to hot???

Dec 28, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Slimline PS2 only plays PS1 Games and not PS2

Clean the LAsers Lens with Q-tip lightly dampened with Glass cleaner, then dry the lens. Try it see if that gets it going again.

If not your lasers lens and supporting frame is probably melting down. You will need a new laser.
Click on "repair directory" at the bottom of this screen. Then click on "Video Game consoles" Pick a good repair shop.

Dec 01, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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My PS2 will not play PS2 games, but it will play PS1 games

If it will play DVD's this is a good sign. You will only need to clean the lens of the laser. Also clean the hub that the Disc rides on.
I hope your in the right posting area, this is for the Phat PS2 consoles with the drawer that comes out to put the CD in. Procedure is different for Slim PS2.
  1. Disconnect power and turn the case upside down.
  2. Remove the screw covers to expose the case screws. These are little square pieces or square rubber pads. You can use a thin knife blade to pry the hard plastic squares up.
  3. Remove all the screws.
  4. REmove the Warranty sticker to the right edge of the power socket.
  5. Turn the PS2 over to set it right side up.
  6. lift the top cover from the back and pull it forward slightly to clear the CD tray. Be careful of a possibly Ribbon cable attached to the lid going to the REset/Eject buttons. Roll the cover over to the right leaving the ribbon intact.
  7. Remove the Cd tray lid.
  8. Polish the Laser lens, and remove any lint or hair from the Cd area. Use Alcohol and cotton swabs to clean the laser lens. By the way, Alcohol will damage a PS2 Slim lens. All lens are not created equally.
  9. Hook up the power and A/v Cables.
  10. REmove the little white disc from the Cd tray lid.
  11. Place a Disc on the spindle, and cap the disc with the little white piece that you removed from the CD tray cover.
  12. Boot up the PS2 and test it, Continue cleaning until you get it to work.
  13. Put it back together, and your in business.
If you have trouble you can send your PS2 to the Playstation Clinic for Repair. Contact

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get a new ps2 if you play a ps1 game for more then 3 hours on a ps2 console it will revert back to ps1 it confuses the harddrive ~Grim

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