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Why won't my playstation 2 read colored discs? It reads silver discs fine, but red, black, blue, etc., get disc read error.

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That is a very odd problem. There are a couple reasons this could happen. The first depends on the age of your console. If this is one of the older systems, (one of the first one's sold), then it could be that those disks are incompatible with your firmware. Otherwise, it would sound like the eye of your disk reader is malfunctioning, and not reading through the colored plastics correctly.

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