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Ps 2 cd will not spin after cleaning the inner and outter eye and putting back together

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  • Tman94 May 11, 2008

    My PS2 (slim) has been working for about 4 years. One day I turned it on and it was working just fine. When I was done, i turned it offm, came back a little later and turned it on but the cd won't spin. It will bring me to browser and system configuration screen, but the cd doesn't move. I have tried different discs but nothing works. I have tried spinning the spinner without the CD on and it isn't stuck. Please HELP!!!!!


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Well i dont recommend but use some laser protective eye wear or just use a reflector while pressing the CD tray lock switch is pressed, if there is no light on the laser lense then there is a problem with the lens get it replaced!

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Try this, it was the problem on ours. It wouldn't spin the disc or anything, when I went into browser it would say "No Data" I went to system configuration, then to digital out (optical) & it was set to "ON" I changed it to off, put in the game & it started right up. Not sure how mine got switched to ON, but I searched all over the internet & never found that mentioned as a possible cause. I just wish I would've figured it out B4 we went & bought a ps3 & traded in all our ps2 games since the 40gb ps3 won't play them. Hope your problem is as simple as this!

Posted on May 12, 2008

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