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UMD Games Will Not Load

Hi, 2 of my sons both have PSP's. One of the PSP's has suddenly stopped recognising the UMD Games. I have checked in system settings and the PSP is set to auto-start UMD's.

I can hear the drive moving but nothing is happening!

I've also upgraded the software to 3.93 but still no difference.

Any advise would be appreciated. The console is about 13 months old. Thanks.

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  • Baluga106 Oct 12, 2008

    my psp takes time to read any umd and says disc cannot be read. i tried using the games in my memory card and it says game cannot be started.

    psp is v3.93 - please help

  • Bog monster Oct 13, 2008

    i had the same problem at around 12 months old.

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    Sony has a reliability issue with these as you are not the first i have heard of.

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Some times restoring the default settings will fix this

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Sounds like the lazer not reading UMD's

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