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Black screen instead of DVD playback

On my PS2, games all play fine, but when I insert a DVD, the screen goes black (just like it does whenever it finds a DVD), but the player never starts. The screen just stays black, and a reboot is required to get back to the menu.

If I use the browser the DVD is recognized, and "DVD Video" is shown in the corner of the screen as the type of media. When I select the DVD and press X, the black screen appears.

Expected behavior: The screen flashes, "> Play" appears momentarily, then the DVD begins to play.

Actual behavior: Screen stays black. "> Play" never appears. DVD does not play.

I've tried:

* Running "Diagnosis" (Version > Console > Options > Diagnosis)
* Taking the unit appart and cleaning the lens.

Diagnosis had no apparent effect. After blowing the dust out of the unit and cleaning the laser lens with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth and a drop of isopropyl alcohol, I did get playback on a DVD. After reassembling the unit, though, no DVDs play. I took it apart and cleaned it again, just in case, but no joy...

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Try changing the dvd drive speed in the system configuration, it may be at standard, change it to fast

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