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How to make ps2 read blue discs

My ps2 will not ready my The Sims game it is a blue disc. reading other discs fine.

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This almost always happens if the lasers in your device are going faulty, either that or a thing called a "Quadrant Detector" is going the same way.. You see the software in an attempt to "read" over any scratches or imperfection on the disk, ramps the Current to the Laser Diode up & down, too much of this is NOT good for the laser, and detector at all, a few times would be OK, but often it is made to read them over and over again... well eventually those two components wear out, not actually fail but become damaged... this then causes these problems you are experiencing. you see, there are TWO lasers One for CD's & One for DVD's sometimes ONLY one will go faulty. usually the DVD one as this generally has more current to it anyway. Hope that helps explain why.

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PS2 will play any audio cd and any ps2 blue game disc. but it will not entertain a silver game disc or dvd. just keep getting Disc read error.


sounds like your laser is failing. You can find tutorials on how to adjust, clean or replace your laser. Do a google search for " ps22_bing.gif disc read error " it will give you a choice of plenty of tutorials to follow. Good luck

Feb 04, 2010 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Blue risk game wont work


There a two lasers in a PS2 one reads DVDs and white game discs and the other reads CDs and blue game disc. Sounds like your blue one is broken I'm afraid

Jun 30, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Will not read blue discs no problem with clear(silver) ones tho.


1. Apparently, blue PS2 discs are lighter than silver ones, so they tend to move around more when the PS2 is reading them. To fix this, you can put duct tape on the top of the disc. This will make it heavier, so it won't move around too much and it should make reading the disc easier for your poor PS2. People have told me that this indeed works (but not always). Don't go overboard with the tape though. Attempt at your own risk. 2. If the problems occurs when the PS2 is horizontal, try putting it into its vertical position. Or try putting it horizontal if it is vertical. 3. Use a can of compressed air to clean dust out of the system. 4. Make sure your game discs are not the problem. Keep them as clean as possible. Even small scratches can cause problems. 5. Open up your PS2 and clean it out or try adjusting the lens. Very risky and voids your warranty. 6. Try using a DVD lens cleaner (for problems reading silver discs) or a CD lens cleaner (for blue disc problems). 7. Send your system to Sony for repairs. Due to a lawsuit, Sony may have to repair your PS2 for free even if there is no warranty. Contact Sony for details. That is all the advice I can give. If the len(s) cleaners or compressed air don't work, then you are probably just out of luck. There is no magic way to suddenly get your PS2 working again without professional repair.

The trick to getting the discs to play on any PS@ (old or new) when they are black or blue is to put a piece of tape lengthwise and width wise around the hole in the disc on the topside (picture-side) of the disc. What this does is add weight to the disc and thus allows the PS2 to read it more accurately. I had bought many older titles not too long ago and was disappointed when they didn't work. Then I spoke with a Japanese expert online and he suggested using scotch tape around the hole in the disc and it worked instantly. Don't be fooled into buying a new PS2, just a roll of scotch tape. You'll only need four one inch strips.

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Jan 27, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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My PS2 only reads blue discs?


go here and go to the very end. hope this helps :D www.powerfulguides.com/ps2

Jan 25, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Had ps1 game resurfaced, no longer works on ps2


Sounds like you need to get your money back ..the resurfaceing can also do more bad than good
But a little trick lightly rub a crayon over the disk ,,old pantyhose works great rub it off from center out then try your disk ,,have saved many good games that way

Nov 20, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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PS2 will not read disc for Guitar Hero


theres a difference in the older guitar hero games and newer ones, CD Rom for the older and DVD Rom for the newer, Ps2 wont read the DVD Rom ones, my experiance so far.

Oct 02, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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When I insert a game into my Playstation 2, sometime it will say that it is reading the disc, but then after a few seconds, it says that the disc cannot be read. And other times when I insert a game, it...


After awhile some games with the purple, black, or blue reading sides and DVDs won't load. The laser in the Playstation 2 either goes bad, or gets shifted out of place. On my Playstation, the laser shifted lower than usual due to moving it. Some people prefer to fix this on their own, while some people pay a professional.

To find out more on fixing the "Disc Read Error" yourself (and VOID THE WARRANTY) go to:

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/hardware/ps2.ars


Jul 29, 2008 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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Play station 2 won't read silver disc only reads blue disc


Hi Elvis,

The Blue back disc is CD format. The DVD laser circuit is giving you trouble. You can adjust the DVD pot some on the back of the Laser. Turn it about 3 degrees clockwise. Then put it the laser back in. Test the PS2 with no cover on, and use the white round disc from the laser drive cover to clamp a disc onto the spindle. Test DVD and PS2 Games that do not have Blue back.

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

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My ps2 doesnt read some of my games


This can sometimes be caused by the actual PS2 media. PS2 discs usually have either a silver or blue bottom. Silver is DVD media and Blue is CD media. Sometimes the laser mechanism gets a little wonky and can't read one type or another. Typically, older games had the blue discs (Kinetica and Gran Turismo are some of the oldest games on the system) I would check the color of your existing games and see if that is an issue. Another possible idea is that you just got a bad disc, it doesn't happen very often but it does pop up from time to time.

Aug 19, 2007 | Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Console

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