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Ps2 is saying insert a format disc what does that mean

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  • cochrane_lin Aug 19, 2008

    with all the games

  • William McDonald May 11, 2010

    Does it do it with all PS2 Games and DVD's? or just one or two?

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If it's for all the disc inserted (GAMES & MOVIES) so that means that the lens maybe damaged .....if it happens in the case of games that means that the containing of the disc is corrupted

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This screen is NOT asking for a disc to FORMAT the PS2. What it IS asking for is a PS2 or Playstation format [or a better word -- PS2 or Playstation TYPE disc. A disk with Playstation 1 or Playstation 2 type software on it -- in other words, a ps1 or ps2 game]. It's basically asking for a CD or DVD with software that the playstation can play. This red screen occurs when you insert an XBOX game or a burned/copied PS2 or PS1 game. What the PS2 is stating is that is cannot play this format [or type of] disc. It's asking you to insert a format [or type of] disc that it can recognize and use.

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