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Ps2 ver 4 unit will not work unless I lean it on two cases

My unit will not work while setting straight up or lieing down. While it is lieing down I have to set two game case under the unit and elevate it or it will go to the browser or config screen. Used to load games everytime. Now it is hit and miss. Will work after alot of ejects and power off and on.

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The fatboy systems have 2 spindles that hold your disk in place so that the laser can read it. If you have a fatboy than the problem is probably one of the spindles is off balance which will make your disk spin off balance.
The slimlines have 3 balls that you click the disk into it. If you have a slimline then you probably have a ball loose. If it is the newer slimline it isnt a ball but a small plastic piece.
If you are savvy with fixing things then you could find the replacement pieces on ebay. If not you will need to trade in or buy a new system.

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With my ps2 only some games work, but even then those games are slow i just got god of war 2 and it wont work in my ps2 20 bucks down the drain unless u help me plz

It sounds like the laser unit is faulty. Replacement lasers can be bought from ebay and other web sites. It is fairly easy to replace but you will probably need a soldering iron as there is usually a blob of solder which has to be removed from the new laser unit for the laser to work.

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When I turn on my ps2 it spins the disc but does not read it. It goes straight to the browser system configuration screen like there's no disc in it. It worked earlier but froze up now this is what its...

Hi. try to clean the Lens of the Unit. Please see procedure below:

  • 1 Turn the PlayStation 2 over to remove the screw covers. Use the flat head screwdriver to remove the plugs that cover the screws. This reveals several Philips screws. Do not remove them yet. They must be unscrewed in a certain order so that the PS2 opens up properly.
  • 2 Remove the small screws near the control ports, powerboard and DVD drive using a Phillips screwdriver.
  • 3 Remove the long screws from the upper right section. This enables you to remove the cover.
  • 4 Flip the PlayStation 2 over to open it up. Before opening it, ensure the PS2 has had adequate cooldown time. Wait at least one hour after playing the game station before continuing. You do not want to burn yourself on the hot elements within.
  • 5 Open the PS2 carefully so as not to damage the ribbon inside the console. Lift up the case gently and slide the cover off. Notice the big black box that contains the laser lens and DVD drive unit you need to clean.
  • 6 Locate four black, small screws holding the black box down. Remove the screws using a Philips screwdriver.
  • 7 Lift up gently on the cover of the DVD drive. This fully exposes the laser lens.
  • 8 Dip one cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Gently rub around the edge of the lens with the swab. Look for any greasy residue that may be there and remove it. Remove any fuzz. Use gentle pressure so you do not damage the PlayStation's lens.
  • 9 Take a dry cotton swab and dry off any liquid left behind. Ensure there are no cotton fibers left behind on the lens.
  • 10 Reassemble the PlayStation 2. Work backwards from the way in which you disassembled it.
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    Can you hook a line straight from your laptop to the ps2 and be able to play online using a wiffi connection from the laptop

    not unless you do some serious modding to your ps2 and your laptop to accept the wifi capability. you can just buy a wifi card for your ps2. since ps2 is outdated it is extremely cheap!!

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    How do resest playstation 2 movie setting

    This is a parental code or a region code I am leaning its a parent block and if this is the case to reset this would take you calling sony themselfs for the defualt reset code witch I beleave is 4 0000's but if the is a newer one it would not hurt to give them a call.


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    My ps2 disc wont spin! aht do i do?

    I've had this problem quite a few times; here are some potential issues: (1) If it is any color disk but the standard shiny silver (i.e. purple, blue) it will not play. it will do about one or two spins and be done. (2) When was the last time you cleaned it? Take out the screws. It's been a while for me but I believe they are under the pads for laying them down. Get some canned air (1 = $4 or $5 for a good one), hold it straight up and clean it. PLEASE MAKE SURE IT'S UNPLUGGED BEFORE DOING THIS. (3) 75% of my problem was that I had the PS2 laying down so the disk goes in horizontally. Set it up and try that way if it's not already. (4) Check your disk and if it's really scratched then that could be another problem. *(5) Wall Plug. If you have more than 2 appliances plugged into the wall outlet then you could be depriving the unit the power it needs to operate properly. Consider an extension cord or moving it to another outlet.

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    PS2 Modded Trouble Reading DVDr's

    Your DVD potentiometer pot on the back of the PS2 laser lens needs to be readjusted. Some people will try to tell you it's out of alignment but if that was the case it would not read CD's. Some people will try to tell you the laser lens is bad. If that was the case it would not read CD's. On the back of the laser lens are two potentiometer pots. In english? Two lil screws that are turnable. One controls the power of the DVD laser one controls the power of the CD laser.

    That link will give you pretty lil pictures of what i'm talking about :)

    In a nut shell the story goes like this folks. If your PS2 won't read certain game DVD's that are of a certain color or if it all of a sudden mysteriously fails to read games it once read but will play cd's just fine, the voltage of the laser for DVD's is not set correctly. (this does needs manual tweeking from time to time if you take your ps2 and move it around alot or if you take it over to friends houses etc etc. Basicly alot of movment in general can take this out of alignment. Even keeping the PS2 on it's side could theoreticly (just my opinion) based on gravitational pull, unbalance the potentiometer.


    Step 1 identify your PS2 version:

    Version 1 - SCPH-30001, 10 screws on bottom of case, serial no. starts with "U1"
    Version 2 - SCPH-30001, 10 screws on bottom of case, serial no. starts with "U0"
    Version 3 - SCPH-30001, 10 screws on bottom of case, serial no. starts with "U2"
    Version 4 - SCPH-30000, 30001, 35001, 30002, 35002, 30003, 35003, 30004, or 35004, 8 screws on bottom of case

    NOTE: Version 4 has 2 varieties of motherboard: Gap/No Gap, the difference between v4 "Gap" and v4 "No Gap" is the "Gap" is there's a spot in the center of bios chip where each side lacks solder points.

    Version 5 - SCPH-30000R, 30001R, 30002R, 30003R, 30004R, or 30006R. Also, some SCPH-30000, 30001, 30002, 30003, and 30004 models have a V5/V6

    NOTE: Version 5 & 6 - the difference between these two versions is one of the connectors in the corner.

    Version 7 - SCPH-39000, 39001, 39002, 39003, 39004, 39008 or 37000
    Version 8 - Only in Japanese consoles. SCPH-39000, or, SCPH-39006 (GH-022 BIOS 090)
    Version 9 - if you have SCPH-50000, 50001, 50002, 50003, 50004, 50006, or 50007 you have a v9 or v10 board.
    Version 10 - SCPH-5000x, with date code "3D" to the right and below the serial number on the back of the console. (GH-026 board)

    NOTE: To know if its a v9/v10 start up PS2 with no game in it ,press triangle and check dvd driver version dvd ver 3.00 = v9 & dvd ver 3.02 = v10.

    If your model # is SCPH-50000, 50001, 50002, 50003 or 50004 AND if you can find a small ''a'' under the SCPH number or have DATECODE "3C" you have a V9 PS2 main board. (GH-026 board).

    If your model # is SCPH-50000, 50001, 50002, 50003 or 50004 AND if you can find DATE CODE "3D" as shown below, you have a V10 PS2 main board. (GH-026 board).

    Version 12 - The new slimline PS2 consoles are referred to as PSTwo here, but elsewhere they are also known as "v12" units... their numbers are SCPH-70011/SCPH-70012, and also SCPH-70004 CB (Belgium).

    Step 2 use either google or the link above. If you're using google your keyword search will be something like "ps2 v12 laser lens adjustment" *replace v12 with your ps2 model.

    In either case navigate to the site and follow instructions to set the pots back to their factory default settings.

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

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

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    The PS2 Works fine right correct?? If it does and you want to fix the Laser do the following :

    Step 1 Turn off the PS2 if on.

    Step 2 make the PS2 lie down on its back where the PS2 logo is not seen.

    Step 3 Take off the Rubber Squares which are located from all 4 corners and take out the screws using a screw driver.

    Step 4 Take off the lid of the PS2 after the screws are taken out.

    Step 5 near the light of the PS2 were it shows the Green and blue light is a box where the PS2 disc runs.

    Step 6 screw the top of the box and you should see a disc if not taken out and underneath the disc is the lens use alcohol and gently wipe the lens with a Q-Tip after doing so put the lid out of box back on and open the disc drive and put a game in it should work or just get a new PS2 Slim.

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