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Disk read error.

I have the thick on man. With only 8 screws on the back.

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You can try this sometimes it works .if it does not your laser is no good..if you are confident to pull the top off do this. .now take the cover of the dvd rom(laser ).you will see the laser ...if you can keep outer cover hooked up so you can hit the eject button to open very careful of the power supply..if you touch anything in there you can get see the laser it may have a plastic cover over it (depends on model)..the little round eye is the lense...get a cotton bud ,wet with your saliva gently lift up the lense (gently ) insert cotton bud under the top eye and clean around it..(gently)..dont force anything..when done reassemble and test .this sometimes works .a lot dont know that there are 2/lasers in these (keep to yourself )

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My ps2 slim says disc could not be read and it makes a ticking sound

Hey there,
The problem is a read error. This means either a misaligned or dirty laser head.
The fix involves taking your ps2 apart, so it's up to you if you feel up to it!
Here's a fantastic step by step guide:
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Mar 08, 2011 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console


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on Jul 09, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Wont read any disks for PS#

have you tried cleaning the lens with a laser lens cleaner?

Jun 11, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My PS2 will only play a few games

It may be the laser is going bad or you just need to clean it. To do this, carefully take the 8 screws out of the bottom of the PS2 then remove the top cover. Take the 2 smal screws from the DVD drive cover and remove the cover. Clean the lens with alcohol and a q-tip or cotton ball then pat dry. Put the DVD drive cover back on and reinstall the case cover. This works especially if you are getting the "disc read error".

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

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Ps3 wont read disks

Same thing happened to mine, I had to go to the store it was purchased from and have them re-create a receipt and call Sony to have them forward me a shipping box so I can send it to them for repair. More than likely its the disk drive going bad from what I was told.

Jul 17, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Disk read error

If other disks can be played then this problem is easily sovled, if your PS2 does not play any disks you may need a new reader, but this still might be able to solve it. If it is still under warranty, send it back to Sony and let them fix it. If not, then you will have to break the warranty seal on the back and open it up. You might just try cleaning the lens with alcohol and a cotton swab. You will need a small set of screwdrivers and a felt tip pen. First, take the case off, you will need to remove all 8 screws on the bottom in order to do so. Take the top of the case off, you will need to watch out for the front of the disk drive when doing this. After that, remove the lid to the disk drive. There are 4 screws near each of the corners that you will need to remove to do so. Lift the top off and then there are two screws on the left side(if the controller bay is facing towards you), you will need to remove these to get the disk drive out. Once the disk drive is removed, in older versions you will already be able to see the white dial that we need to alter, in newer versions there is a plate covering it, it is near the back of the console. Remove it and then mark the starting position of your white dial with your felt tip marker. Once you know where the starting position is, you can rotate it one movement at a time and then put the disk drive and covering back on, you will not need to replace the screws yet. After moving the dial one click, put the drive back in and put a CD in it. Since you are having problems with the blue disks, try one of those first, although this is the most difficult one to get working, but if it works, most if not all of the other disks should work. Put the top back on and plug it in, turn it on and hold the lid firmly but not to firmly onto it. If you are holding it too loose the disk will fly off, too tight and it will click. If this doesn't work, take it all apart and move the dial one more click. This is just trial and error until you finally get one to work. You will want to have a controller in so you can get to the browser menu so you don't have to wait for it to load the game and then turn it off. Once you get your console to read a blue disk, you might try the other style disks before putting it all back together. If you try every click on the dial and none of them work, you may need to purchase a new reader. After you find you PS2's working position, you can put all the screws back in and continue gaming. This is a common problem among the older versions of PS2's so don't worry if you do need a new reader. You can find new readers online and they are faily easy to replace, they cost somewhere between $50-$60. I hope this helps.

Mar 21, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disk read error.

hello is this a slim line or the thick...need to know this first befor i can let you know

Feb 11, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Disk read problems

hello .this could be a laser problem .most of the blue discs are cd based .silver can be cd or dvd . do you know how to pull it apart .also what version is it .the waqy to tell is by model no,and the amount of screws in bottom case.8 or 10

Feb 09, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Ps2 not able to read disk

Hi this is the commonist fault on all ps2 and even ps3 their is no way of repairing the laser itself the only option you have is to replace the laser unit the problem with doing this is that if you buy a new laser you will need to get it calibrated and to do this you will need oscilscope and these cost about £300 or if in us about $600 so thats the problem of buying new ones its often cheaper to buy new ps2 than go down that route.
The other option is buying second hand ps2 of an auction site but the problem with this also is that it might have same problem as yours.
What i did that made mine work for few months extra was to use and type in :Disk read error on ps2
or try this How to repair ps2 disk error or just try repairing ps2
On doing this i came across a site but i cant remember what it was called but this site showed you step by step instruction on how to adjust the laser slightly so that it played games again after following these instructions mine worked again for about three months.
It basically told you to remove the case off the ps2 then where the laser is its like a black plate but you cant see the laser remove this black case i think their was about two little black screw on the top of the black lid covering the laser it covers the disk so you cant see the disk with case removed.
Anyway remove this black lid then if you look at the back of the laser tray not at front where the game goes in but towards the back their is a white disk about the size of a coin now this site told me to first mark with marker the white disk so you know where you started from put line on the white disk then on something else but not the disk so you know where it was located before you turn it doing this lets you go back to how it was before you moved it.
After doing this if you turn the disk slightly it raises and lowers the laser lense now you need to do this a bit at a time and then but the black lid back on with screws then try a game in it you can hold the black lid ontop of the laser unit if you want but dont push to hard and dont hold it to soft else game wont spin properly.
Just turn this white disk a bit at a time then try loading a game keep doing this you can turn it either way if your lucky you might find that adjusting the laser hight might get it working again if not then the laser needs replacing but remember if it dont work then you need to turn the whit disk back to where it started from ie where you marked because if you replace the laser this white disk needs to be back where it was originally.
If you are going to do this search the net first you should find the complete instructions on doing this ok also make sure you dont shine the laser in your eyes or other peoples eyes as its dangerous and can blind you in the future so make sure the case is on the laser before its switched on.
If you cant find the site let me know and ill have a look for you ok also let me know if you need further assistance

Feb 01, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 Slimline Console

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