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Ps2 disk read error - please help

I disassembled my ps2 like the tutorial says...but no quarter sized disc! there are 2 small white gears at the back. 1 each at the back of each of the slide bars. Is there a fix procedure for this type. the model is scph 50001. any suggestions?? thanks

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It sounds like a timing issue,,,at the front of the cd underneath is a cam and a bar with teeth, gently push or pull the bar so it advances to the maximum position, then make sure the cd drawer is closed and plug the unit in to test.....afterward reassemble the unit , also do not look into laser beam, blindness will occur...

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1. Most commonly the laser lens (or eye) needs to be cleaned.

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I say this again unless you are a some what tech savy type of person you may not want to attemp anything further.

bottom lens: if you are going to try this or anything furthur, PLEASE BEFORE you disassemble anything!, you need to be prepared with a few items. an artists paint brush- as small and very fine bristles as you can find the length of the bristles should be at least a quarter inch or longer. a few small wooden toothpicks, a can of silicone lubricant , q-tips , a fine point sharpie, oh yeah a regular sized phillips screwdriver and a small phillips tech driver , depending on which one of the, 13 or so different, ps2 models you have, you might find a few other small tools that could come in handy (an allen wrench or that just right size flat blade screwdriver, ect.).
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