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Disc read error

Ok, so our ps2 will play ps1 games but not ps2 games. every try says disc read error even with a new disc. we've used the disc lens cleaner 4x with no solution. it will play the disc lens cleaner disc with no problem though. what can we do without having to buy a new console?

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Get it repaired. obviously the drive is not spinning correctly for ps2 disc. so take it to a shop ask for a quote to repair.

most ps2 are about $99.00USD

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Hi,the unit needs to have the laser reader lens cleaned but DON'T use regular rubbing alcohol.
Get pure stuff....the rubbing type leaves a glare on glass and plastic lenses.
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Sounds like you need to get your money back ..the resurfaceing can also do more bad than good
But a little trick lightly rub a crayon over the disk ,,old pantyhose works great rub it off from center out then try your disk ,,have saved many good games that way

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Now this is strange PS2 hangs up..............!!!wHich pS2 u have.........???slim or the old fat one.........???As far as disc read errors are there, u should clean ur lens by using some lens cleaner CD or do it manually[for fat one] urself it not a big deal........becarefull while opening the cover....clean the dust on lens with the tissue or any other light material......the problem can also b with ur disc change that also...........

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Clean the LAsers Lens with Q-tip lightly dampened with Glass cleaner, then dry the lens. Try it see if that gets it going again.

If not your lasers lens and supporting frame is probably melting down. You will need a new laser.
Click on "repair directory" at the bottom of this screen. Then click on "Video Game consoles" Pick a good repair shop.

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