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Minor picture jumping

I recently got a used fat ps2 and a new copy of the greatest hits god of war. while playing, i noticed that at certain specific areas throughout the game, the picture would jump (dont really know how to phrase it).  it doesn't happen too often, but often enough for me to notice.  btw, i have double checked all the wires and even tried another sony ps2 av chord, and it still happens.

the weird thing is that when i play a dvd movie, it plays perfectly.

does anybody know if this is normal for gow or if this problem is something serious with my ps2?

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  • dulmas Oct 17, 2007

    oh i have just found out that the problem is called "screen tearing", but have yet to find out the source of the problem (ie ps2 hardware, av chords, game disc, etc.) or how to remedy it if possible.  any ideas?

  • dulmas Oct 20, 2007

    wow, the problem got worse?  where did you get it repaired? i have read on other places it is likely due to laser damage or dirtiness, but i have no clue what the cause is for sure.  if you having serious troubles i suggest you make separate problem topic so other "fixers" can try to address the problem (i dont think anybody else besides you and me will read this topic anymore since it has "2 solutions".



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Open the ps2 (cause the warranty is already void right?) once open you should notice the dvd drive is housed by itself. Remove the screws from this housing. Rub a lint free cloth on the lens, apply a small amount of isopropyl (rubbing) alchohol to the cloth and rub on the lens again. This should fix ALL lens related errors inherent to the ps2, (icluding what a game store will tell you is your lens being out of alignment.).

While your in there you should clean all of the dust off the white thing on the top of the housing you removed earlier. This is a (lightly) magnetic disc used to stablize the disc while spinning, if there is any dust in there it could cause the disc to wobble and scratch. You had just might as well fix it, so it doesn't bite you later.

Put everything back together like it was before, some of the holes in the outer casing of the ps2 will NOT have screws in them, even though screws will fit. Should run like new, you might have to repeat this about every 6 months.

of course you do all this at your own risk with no liability on my part. (sorry about the type o's if any, Im on medication.)

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It is related to the laser. The fact that it's happening specifically in God of War is noteworthy too. God of War is a very processor and graphics intensive game. If your laser is starting to go out, it will sometimes have to read the disc repeatedly to get the data, as it doesn't get it all on the first swipe. This takes precious milliseconds, leaving the processor less time to translate that data into what you see on the screen. If there's not enough time to render the image, you get screen tearing.

It doesn't happen when you play DVDs because the data is saved in an easy to read format. It's the same every time, so the processor doesn't have to render it, just display it.

You could try using a CD/DVD cleaner kit - one of those disks that you put a bit of alcohol on and run through the system. That might mitigate the problem somewhat, or fix it for a while, but most likely the only way to really fix it is to replace the laser assembly. And that might cost more than replacing the PS2 entirely, especially if you have to hire someone to do it.

If you do want to replace the laser yourself, you can see a video of how to do it here:

Of course, that video assumes you have the DVD drive removed from the PS2 already. For instructions on how to disassemble it, watch this video:

You only need to go as far as the point where you disconnect the last ribbon cable between the DVD drive and the PS2 before you switch to the first video - you don't have to remove the metal cover over the board.

You can get a new laser assembly here:



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