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Playstation 2 not reading disc

I have the older block version of the PS2. The problem that i'm having is that it continues to say "cannot read disc" and sometimes a disc pops up, but when I select it, the screen goes blank. Then the screens reappears reading "please insert playstation or playstation 2 format disc". What format disc? Can anyone help? Thanks

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Are you using a real game disk or are you using a burned disk? If its burned you need a MOD chip for it. If its real then try to open up the PS2 and try to clean the lens gently with a q-tip. It helped me a couple of times.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007

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