PS2 won't read discs

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#1 Posted by BigN64 (48 posts) -
My PS2 Phat will not read DVDs or PS2 games. It can still play PS1 games and Audio CDs just fine. I tried cleaning the discs and the system but it still doesn't work. My PS2 games play fine on my friend's PS2. Any suggestions?
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#2 Posted by famicommander (8524 posts) -
Sounds like you've got the dreaded disc read error. You can try the things presented in the following topic: http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=23572005 But you're probably going to end up having to buy a new one. Sorry.
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#3 Posted by BigN64 (48 posts) -
Darn! Looks like I'll be saving up for a PS2 Slim then. Are the PS2 Slims reliable?
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#4 Posted by famicommander (8524 posts) -
Darn! Looks like I'll be saving up for a PS2 Slim then. Are the PS2 Slims reliable?BigN64
Yes. Even newer versions of the older-model PS2 are fairly reliable. You should be fine.
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#5 Posted by Toph998 (40 posts) -

you can also replace the laser itself without replacing the whole ps2, however am unsure as to costs etc

i just know this as my friend did it a few years back and his ps2 is still running

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#6 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -
Darn! Looks like I'll be saving up for a PS2 Slim then. Are the PS2 Slims reliable?BigN64
Yeah they're reliable. I had the dreaded disc read error with my fatty for 2 years. After that much time doing the temporary fixes it finally died out on me. So I switched to the Slim and haven't had a problem reading discs since.
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#7 Posted by x-Draven-x (164 posts) -
you could try contacting sony, they may be able to repair it for you, or get you a new one.....
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#8 Posted by deon99 (677 posts) -

you can also replace the laser itself without replacing the whole ps2, however am unsure as to costs etc

i just know this as my friend did it a few years back and his ps2 is still running

Toph998

it's 90 bucks had mine replaced like 3 years ago.

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#9 Posted by Rhen_Var (12422 posts) -

Meh, I've had this disk reading problem for years, mainly because I'm using a Japanese PS2 to play American DVDs.

But after several resets, they eventually work.

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#10 Posted by Second_Rook (3680 posts) -
I turn mine on the side or flip it all the way over and that works for just about every game, unfortunately one of the only one's that it absolutely will not play is God of War 2.
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#11 Posted by JReefer1 (898 posts) -
What ever you do, I highly stress that you don't fiddle with the DVD "laser adjustments". Check Wikipedia.com, you can find a list of PS2 games that are "CD format".
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#12 Posted by LuckyLy (1987 posts) -

What ever you do, I highly stress that you don't fiddle with the DVD "laser adjustments". Check Wikipedia.com, you can find a list of PS2 games that are "CD format". JReefer1

At one time my PS2 wouldn't read God of War so I opened the sucker up and did the laser adjustments and its been working fine since.