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Disc Read Error

Ok, I've been having disk read errors on my 30001 Playstation 2, I cleaned the lens and that worked perfectly, it read silver and blue sided discs, shortly after it stopped reading silver sided discs, I tried adjusting the voltage, I don't think that worked, and I've tried moving the white cog inside the ps2 but that resets back to what it was everytime I turn the machine on, is there a way to make it stop resetting itslef?

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  • pacit Feb 13, 2008

    Dang it, I was hoping you didn't say that, haha, oh well, I don't know, I might try to look for a replacement on either the lens or a used system. It's not a big deal, I was only trying to play it for a custom Guitar Hero 2, ha but alright then, thank you

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There is not a way to keep it from resetting, however it does sound like the lens is bad. Since it sounds like you have no problem working with them you can get a new lens cheaper than buying a new machine. The 30001's had 2 or 3 different type lens in them. You can seach ebay for them, they are normally for sale there around $40-50 last time I checked. Since cleaning and adjusting does not fix it, I think this is the last resort, other than full replacement of the system :-) Sorry....

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