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Playstaition asks for format disc

Wen i put a ps2 game in it asks for a format disc but its only done it just lately.
so could enyone help me please by tellin me how to fix the problem cos wen ave asked in the shops they look at ye asd if ye stupid and the games da i bought wa a presant and he carnt play dem so please tell me how to fix it or where i can get one from.

thanks shellie

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  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    I'm having the same problem. Its just suddenly happened. It was working fine all this while. My concole is bought just very recently..abt 3 months ago...PLEASE HELP!!

  • Preston123 Feb 06, 2008

    I'm having the same problem. Its just suddenly happened. It was working fine all this while. My concole is bought just very recently..abt 3 months ago...PLEASE HELP!!

  • akaicon Mar 24, 2008

    After disc is inserted while looking at the browser it will flash (reading disc) and then disapear. After that it will read the disk and then, act like its going to work and then go back to the browser. then it will come up red and tell me to insert a ps2 format disc

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The only advice i can give you is goto sony and email them as to be honest never come across this problem my self PlayStation® Global here the site to help you out just exsplain to them im shore they will help you

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