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Games not playing

The system turns on fine enough but it won't read a game if its already in the machine. And if I put a game in all it does is sit there and the only change is that now its got the shimmering ball thing in the top right corner which I assume means its at least trying to load it. bottom line is I can't play games on it. please help.

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It sounds like you have a dirty laser lens. Please go to any store (CVS, Walgreens, Best Buy) and get some laser lens cleaner. They are pretty cheap and the directions are very easy to follow.

Good luck and take care,
Chimpster

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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