Hi, I have a old ps2 slim that somebody gave me after they dropped it. It turns on, but won't read any discs.
i'm sure you've all heard this kind of problem before, but nobody seems to have the same problem i have:
i opened the ps2, and held down the lid buttons(idk what they're really called) to make the ps2 think it was shut. i put in a disc (i know the disc was good, I'd been playing it on a friends console not 1 hr before), and turned it on. The disc starts to spin, and then stops after about a 1/2 turn as thought the motor is jammed. it does this about a half dozen times, and the proceeds to spin normally.(i don't know if this is normal behavior for a disc). after about 15 seconds, it says the disc cannot be read.
I don't know if the problem is the laser not reading the disc properly, (that being the cause for the funky disc behavior), or the opposite.
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In both cases, the DVD drive is probably gone; a common issue. You could and try have somebody repair/replace it for you, or try it yourself.
If the DVDs are spinning, you can buy a separate laser-unit for around $15 on eBay (search for 'ps2slim dvd drive') and replace that part yourself; it's not that hard as you can see on this instruction video:
You have either a scratched, dirty, or worn out lens if the disc spins and does not read. If cleaning the lens with a lens cleaning disc does not help, I would recommend either buying a new PS2 DVD drive or a new PS2. A new drive will be about 5-25 dollars and you will either have to find somebody to, or you yourself put it in just don't destroy your PS2 in the process. You can find PS2's for about 40-140 depending on fat or slim and new or used.
There are THREE reasons that a Slim PS2 will not read discs. I willstart from most common and end at the least common (almost rare)problem.
1. A bad laser. Lasers labor on Playstation 2 [and all other videogame] consoles. They eventually fail, especially if you use your PS2as a DVD player. You can find Slim PS2 lasers at the followingwebsite. They are pretty simple to replace:
2. There are two "lid closed" sensors on the Slim Playstation 2. Theylet the PS2 know that the lid is shut and it should scan for a disc. Sometimes one or both of these sensors can become broken. It doesn'treally happen by itself... usually if someone drops the console, one orboth of the sensors can break or become dislodged.
3. A Bad Motherboard: This is rare. We mostly see this if someoneinstalled a mod chip into the system and it eventually fails.
Click into the following website for Do It Yourself troubleshooting todetermine why your PS2's discs aren't spinning, and how to fix it.
Fat and Slim PS2's generally have different playability with disks. a slim, for example, does not want to play old blue-backed disks, though it will easily read PSX black backs.
I'll need more information on the disk and the PS2 to give a complete answer.
If you have old ps2(fat one) or some of the older slim models they are unable to read the new dual layer discs like GHWT. You can send your ps2 back to sony to reformat it to be able to read these new discs for about $50. There is currently a class action lawsuit against sony and activision for not being upfront about this problem.
To fix this problem, you will need to open your PS2 and re-adjust its lens. To open your PS2, first turn it upside down. Remove the 4 rubber feet and 6 square tabs (circled in the picture) by sliding a flat screwdriver (or something similar) underneath them.