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Disc Read Error ( slim PS2)

Hi darel29, I have both styles of the ps2, (fat one and slim one). I looked at your directions about moving the little white wheel on the fat one, and did that, but it still won't read my gameshark disc ( come up as insert a playstation disc or insert a format disc). Then I took apart my slim one, (because that one says disc read error as well) and noticed there was a small piece of metal (about 1/2" by 1" with a hole in center of it) not attached to anything.??? After I re-assembled it, put in game disc, and now it won't read anything. I tried several game discs, but they all come up as disc read error. My e-mail is biker_boy1967@yahoo.com , if u'd rather send any info that way Thanks in advance for your help .

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Ah yes the dreaded DRE... time to replace your ps2 dude, this is the easiest and least headache solution.

Logged too many hours on those poor machines ;)

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