My ps2 is about 3 yrs old and up until a few months ago it worked fine, aside from the fact that it hasn't played dvd's practically since I bought it. Now it will only play like one or two games, all the other games that I try don't even start spinning.
Hey men. my name is ekeocha chidi michael from nigeria a game freak just like u. b4 condemning ur ps2 try the following:
1. do a total clean up.e open it up n clean it up wit compressed air or a static free rag. 2. realign the lens spinner angle. if u are really using the slim, u wud see 4 screws around the lens n motor. it is usually supported by rubber springs. turn each screw about 18 degrees. then test the game. keep doing it until the game starts workin. this is the ultimate solution it could take a long period of time but if u are lucky just a couple of minutes. 3. change the lens. 4. change the cooling fan. 5. take d console to a specialist. if these dnt solve ur probs ur ps2 is officially condemned
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I am having the same exact issue myself. Starting a month or two ago, it got harder and harder to get PS3 games to play. Now it plays anything that is not blu-ray based. I would be very interested in hearing how you are able to fix the problem.
Some models can, the 60 GB model can play all PS2 games, the 80 GB can play pretty much all PS2 games, the lower end ones (I think the 20 and 40 GB can not play PS2 games). There is a rumor however that ALL PS3's will soon be able to play PS2 games with a software update.. that will not be available until a few months into the future, if ever.
MINE IS TWO YEARS ALSO MODERATELY USED AND IT QUIT PLAYING ANYTHING BLUE RAY..GAME DVDS...BUT NOW I CAN PLAY REGULAR DVDS AND PS2 GAMES THAT ARE NOT BLUE RAY..IM JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THE LASER IS OUT?CAUSE YOU CAN BUY THEM OF FEE-BAY FOR ABOUT 70.00..
the reason why ps2 games won't work is bacause the lasers are different. the ps3 has a blue-ray laser while the ps2 hasn an infrared laser. i don't want to get too technical, but basically the wavelenghts of the lasers are different, the blue-ray has a shorter wavelenght than the other, so it can't play the ps2 games and the ps3 games use a different type of disk.
same thing happened to me two days ago, it would play everything but ps3 games. i called sony and they said it would be $150 again (in april i had a yellow light failure) so i looked online and someone suggested reformatting the harddrive and now it works fine......thank god
Blocking the sensors did you in I'm afraid. What has happened is the *DVD* read mechanism has gotten goofed because of this, but the *CD* read mechanism is still ok. Maximo and a few other PS2 games were actually on CD, not DVD. If you look on the back cover, you will see the Compact Disc logo (in the lower right area on the box for Maximo). These games have a blue bottom disc instead of the silver bottom.
You can attempt to re-align the laser which is a fairly lengthy process and there are numerous guides out there to do this. Here is one: http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/hardware/ps2.ars
Note that this guide is for the larger model but the concept of lens adjustment is still the same and a quick google search will provide more in-depth detail. Since you have already opened your system, this may be an option for you. If the PS2 was purchased new as you said, it might not be the worst idea to exchange it for a new model as the lens going out this soon might be an indication that the unit wouldn't have lasted that long to begin with.
Also just a friendly reminder that opening your PS2 voids your warranty and double check the return policies of where you bought the system.