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PS2 not reading disks

I have an original style PS2 which although is running fine on start up, does not read the discs and boot up so the gane can be played. The browser option works fine and I have cleaned the laser. Any ideas please?

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  • iangolfboy May 08, 2008

    Not really clicking, just the laser sliding up and down until it eventually gives up and stops moving (even though the disc continues spinning). Then a 'disc read error' comes up on the TV.

  • xlicameras May 09, 2008

    I have the same issue. Can not get past the enter screen. Sometimes it plays the game, but it is getting harder to get it to boot up.

  • Morgan Nicks Sep 13, 2008

    My disk: dark cloud 2 isn't running.

  • ianness Sep 14, 2008

    i get same problem wif the sliding laser thing...bt i get the clicking as well.
    what does that mean? the disk isnt aligned and like...rubbing on casing or somehting? is something maybe loose inside?
    is ther sum way i can fix this?

  • Anthony May 11, 2010

    Do you hear any clicking when the game is put in and the laser is trying to read the game?

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Otherwise go to youtube and search for ps2 laser repair, quite a few good video how to's...

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

I took my unit apart and cleaned the laser. Works like new again. Thanks!

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Your lazer lense has bit the dust. Depending on your model type the first gen systems lazers are very easy to replace. The later versions sony made it harder to replace. You can find out what model you have by looking at the back of your PS2 then you can either call sony or go to there website and find out what generation PS2 you have. Then go from there. Hope this helps

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The laser on the ps2 runs on rails so it can move back and forth and read the disc if the laser can't read the disc it will move back and forth. on the older ps2s the way the laser is moved is there is a electric motorPS2 not reading disks - 284ee9f.jpg that spins a worm drive moving the laser the laser has a small arm that reaches out and rests on top of the worm drive. The d969bc9.jpgclicking noise u hear is the little arm that is circled staying stationary and the worm drive spinning. to fix this i suggest oiling the rails the laser sits on and while u have ur ps2 apart cleaning the laser with some rubbing alchohol and a Q-tip.

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I realy dont no someone please help i have the small ps2

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

Take a pair of pliers and grip the top of the unit. This will allow you to apply "just the right pressure" so the disc can spin. It's been working for me.

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