Introduction: How to Fix PS2 Disk Read Errors

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I will show you how to fix PS2 disk read errors.
Your PS2 may not work once you put the PS2 back together so you try this at your own risk.
Make sure you put the PS2 back together exactally how it was before you took it apart.

Step 1: The First Step

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First you need to take out all those square things on the bottom of your PS2. I circled all the square things in the picture.

Step 2: Take Out the Screws

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Next you will need a screwdriver to take out all of the screws. Once you have taken out all of the screws open up your PS2.

Step 3: Opening Up the Laser Box

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Next you will see this thing with a sticker on it that reads something like -CAUTION- laser radiation when opened. Now in case you were wondering radiation is like explosens but there is really no laser radiatin when open. If you think that there will be laser radiation when you open it then put on a pair of sun glasses. O.K. now take out the screws that I circled in the picture and open it up.

Step 4: Clean the Laser

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Next you will need a cotton swab to clean off the laser. The reason why you need to clean off the laser is because the laser is what reads the game. Once you have cleaned the laser you need to put your PS2 back together how it ways before you took it apart. Cleaning the laser does not allways help fix your games.


JamieS197 (author)2017-06-01

Thank you!! This worked perfectly. ?

officerkdresseljr (author)2017-04-27

hey LHyellowjackets4 can you please do a hard hat instruct-able and a real federal signal 2001-SRN tornado siren that will be awesome signed Trevor

Zubair120012 (author)2016-07-20

I have done all the things instead i have changed the laser but still not working but it reads some disks for limited time and then disk errors

SueL61 (author)2016-07-17


rraines1 (author)2012-06-13

Oh....I did adjust the laser just a little to be sure. About an eighth of a turn on the adjuster did the trick for me. I don't know if that had to be done but I didn't want any loose ends lol.

rraines1 (author)2012-06-13

Just had to personally thank you. I used both techniques, the adjustment (Which failed) and then this one. Now my ps2 works like new and plays all my games. So thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.

Ds HaKa (author)2011-10-05

wow i could have figured this out on my own. I thought you were going to help with realignment lol

SoranSo (author)2011-05-06

Good one. It always works for me.

Solderguy (author)2009-06-10

Disk read errors are mostly caused by the laser dying and not by being dirty. Great instructable by the way.

punkrules (author)2008-09-21

good instructable but i have tried this before and it didn't work for me. check out my ps2 instructable, you might find it useful :)

Ph3nomin0n (author)2008-09-20

Do you think this will work If my swap magic dvd isnt being read?

sick-al (author)2008-08-20

ar man... i had a ps2 slimline then i had that kind of problem, and i just chucked it! if only i had read this earlia... thanks eneyway.

wolfmanthe (author)2008-08-13

i dont think you're supposed to touch the lens, but anyways, another method that usually works is to crack it open and spray the guts with keyboard dust remover.

Scammah (author)2008-08-13

Another reason your ps2 stops reading is because of the calibration of the laser. While you have it open and after you have cleaned the laser you can try to recalibrate the laser. There are a lot of different sites that will tell you how to do that. Basically there will be a white wheel (sprocket) underneath the laser and by turning it clockwise slightly will usually fix it. The reason why the laser stops working is because it is losing it's strength or is off a little with the direction of the beam.

gamer (author)2008-08-13

Sunglasses do not protect from laser radiation... By the way... replace: "lazer" with "laser" "skrew(s, driver)" with "screw(s, driver)" "togherher" with "together" "exactally" with "exactly" "radiatin" with "radiation" "cotten" with "cotton" "ways" with (I'm guessing) "was" "allways" with "always" Except for those small errors, very long procedure.... Although you don't really have a choice if you don't have the "Slimline PS2". Pictures aren't too bad. -gamer

LHYellowJackets4 (author)gamer2008-08-13

Well the reason that I said to where sun glasses is because the sticker also said "Do not stare directly into beam. Thanx alot for pointing out those errors. LHYellowJackets4!

gamer (author)LHYellowJackets42008-08-13

No problem! -gamer

Vertigo666 (author)2008-08-13

I had to do this on my normal PS2

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