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I bought a used ps2 for my son with a bundle of games. when I try playing one of the games it asks for a format disc. What is it and where can i obtain one?

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So sorrybut it sounds like The ps2 you bought was used to house "black rhino" a linux type program for ps2s, a harddrive was required to use black rhino. But you will never be able to use it or do anything else with that ps2 because of how sketchy programming was for blackrhino.

The person that gave the system (you probably got it from a thrift store right?) did so becausethey ruined (bricked) it, and was trying to make a couple extra bucks.

The only way to know for sure would to be to try to play a music cd in there if it doesn't play, or if the ps2 does the same thing, it's definatly the problem above.
If you got it from a gamestore demand they take it back because they should have checked it. Request a replacement sytem, or your money back (if you have the reciept)

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