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Perhaps if you actually provided some information to work from we would be able to help you.
If you are getting an error massage about disk format when you try to play a game you are trying to play a game from another region than your own, for example you cannot play a US region game on a UK region console without modifying your PlayStation, if you have already modified your PlayStation it's probably your mod-chip that's asking for the required swap disk.
Given that playing out of region games is a breach of copyright and modifying (chiping) your PS2 is a breach of contract with Sony asking us to help you with this is asking us to open FixYa to a lawsuit from Sony.
Sony are short of cash due to the frankly inevitable failure of the PS3 and disinterest in the blurry screened, uninspiring PSP, bearing in mind what Sony did to Lik-Sang http://www.lik-sang.com/ (that ironically helped make the PS3 a failure) it would be imprudent at best for FixYa to help you brake the law.
On the other hand if you have not 'chiped' your PS2 and are not trying to play an out of region/pirated game please provide as much information as possible to give us a fighting chance of helping you.

Posted on May 08, 2008

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