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If you have ever owned a Play Station 2 (thick version) you may have had deal with the "Disk Read Error" problem. At first it is not so bad, just one or two of  the games don't work, but after a while almost none of the games work. You can pay money to send it in to Sony HQ and have them fix it or you can just do what they do by yourself for free.

Step 1: Materals

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"Disk Read Error'" PS2

Big Phillips head Screw Driver

Small Phillips head Screw Driver

Flat Headed Screw Driver

Pen or Sharpie
 
finefatfly4 months ago

I'm a little late to the party...but I just got a PS2 for $20 at a thrift store, and was disappointed to see the Disc Read Error when I tried to play a game. DVDs and CDs got the same error. I followed the instructions here, and turning the little white gear worked!

I marked the gear's current position with a Sharpie, and turned the gear by "clicks". The gear clicks when turned, so I turned it 3 clicks, tested, didn't work. Turned another 3 clicks, tested, etc. Took a few tries, but eventually it started reading discs!

While you have your PS2 open anyway, I'd recommend cleaning the whole insides out. Use a can of air to blow away dust, Windex for hard to clean dust and crud, especially on the fan blades. It's rather easy to take out the whole fan and power button, as well as the front disc eject and reset buttons. Clean the laser lens with rubbing alcohol, and lube the disc tray rails. Google and you can find instructions & YouTube videos on how to clean inside.

CharlesB123 (author)  finefatfly4 months ago

Fantastic suggestion! Cleaning out everything is a great idea to get any older electronics "road worthy". By keeping my system clean and well maintained I have had the same PS2 for 6 years now.

CrystalS81 month ago
I just bought a play station 2 for cheap and when I turn it on my TV screen goes black the game has power and the disk is turning any ideas what it might be
Ds HaKa3 years ago
there's no such thing as radiation poisoning is PS2's or any laser based device unless it runs off of a nuclear battery. As I highly doubt that your or anybody elses PS2 runs off of a nuclear battery, your warning is pointless. Laser radiation and nuclear radiation are tow completely different things.
slanwar Ds HaKa5 months ago

Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation = Laser

bombmaker25 years ago
I must be lucky or something because I have one of the first PS2's ever made and it has not broken at all in the years I have had and heavily used it.(That is until I got a PS3 slim.)
Focker5 years ago
 I did this for my PS2 awhile back, it worked out for about a day, but it kept going back to the disc read error, eventually I had to leave the whole cover off so I could adjust that gear more frequently. It is not a permanent fix, but it certainly helps. And as a side note, it does take a lot of patients to find the "sweet spot" when adjusting the gear, move it in small increments.
CharlesB123 (author) 5 years ago
that little white wheel/gear changes the intensity of the optical lens. so as the lens gets weaker you can make it stronger.

it is not ment to completly get rid of the problem but just keep you ps2 alive for a much longer time.

for some reason this only happens to the thick version.
lemonie5 years ago
What does this do / how does it work?

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Over time the laser gets moved out of position and this realigns it back to where it originally was.
That isn't part of the laser drive as far as I can see. What exactly does that mechanism do?

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