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Silver bottom games

I am in the process of repairing "read disk error" problem and cleaning my ps2. I printed off instructions on this procedure but now my ps2 will not play any games with silver bottoms. It will read the blue bottom games. Before I started the repair and cleaning the ps2 was the opposite. It didn't read blue games, it read the silver ones. Do I need to replace something? Help!

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You may want to replace the laser

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