Picture of Make PS2 Purple Discs Read In Your PS2 Simply By Using Tape
Good Afternoon everyone. This is my first instructable so please be kind. Are you sick of your PlayStation 2 making horrible noises and scraping sounds with your purple discs? Well so was I until I figured out a way to make the PS2 read my purple discs without having to open it up and do surgery. There is a simple way and I will tell you how. Sorry I don't have many pictures but the picture that I do have of my game disc should be suffice (enough) for now. So go get your purple game discs and some masking tape and let's make it happen!

Step 1: Just 2 Things Are Needed

Picture of Just 2 Things Are Needed
All you need for this project is: 1) Masking Tape roll, and 2) Your PS2 Purple game discs (because we already know that the silver (clear-ish) and gold discs read beautifully but it's the colored ones that are giving us trouble.)
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KatH818 days ago

It works, many thanks :).

KatH818 days ago

not working. Someone please help.

what.7 months ago

Can I use duct tape?

oh my god...
how? how does that work?
thank you so much, i just ordered a game from my childhood and it wouldnt play so i was pretty dissapointed, but this WORKED.
thank you

matty335810 months ago
Can I use any other tape?? @punkrules
WrongPath10110 months ago

Works absolutely fabulous. Thanks a bunch!

Spencerb211 months ago

Works Perfectly ! Also stops the cut scenes and video from skipping

NathanielD1 year ago

Thank you! I've been waiting for years to play my purple disc games and this actually worked!

dbradley122 years ago
dude! i was like theres no way this could work because it was so scratched up and it couldnt be read and those noises where horrible. but it did work and no more noises. thanks man
firefly0383 years ago
THANK YOU!!!! I had just taken apart our PS2 (original) as my husband said it was "clunking and grinding". As I was removing the disc (a new one), I happened to notice it was purple. I continued on my quest to clean the laser and check the laser gear for wear and dust build up. When putting it back together, the door wouldn't close so I took another looksie on the internet to see what I'd done wrong. That's when I came across your post and just filed it as a "Hmm...." thing. Got the machine back together correctly (dang rail pin! LOL!), plugged it in, thing turned on beautifully w/ no "clunking or grinding" so I inserted the disk. And that's when it started making some odd noise. The machine read the disk but on loading just got noisier & noisier. I looked your post back up, added to small strips of masking tape as you picture and VOILA! IT WORKS!!! The machine was totally quiet on speed up & down. THANK YOU!!! And my husband & son thank you, too. :-)
Didn't work for me with measure 1" lengths. Tried it on multiple discs.
Of note: Judging by your photo, you have a lot more than single inches of tape on each side. So, I tried multiple lengths. Again, no luck.
Yes! it worked thanks sooooo much for this instructable.
sjefferys3 years ago
Looks simple but yet I could not have managed to know it without reading this,thanks a lot, necessity is the mother of Invention, truly!
wmurdock13 years ago


I have yet to see PROOF of this damaging a PS2. I hardly see how it could do so, unless the tape was old, came loose, and started flying around inside the system (LOL)...But if you put tape UNDER the disc...then yes. The laser could get damaged.

I was doing more damage to my PS2 BEFORE I put the tape on than now.

Before, the disc was "making those horrible scratching noises" and was "bouncing around in [my] PS2 like a ping pong ball." (Probably due to the cheesy clamp that came with my flip top mod)


I tested this on CD-R's (for backups) and a blue PS1 game. DID THE TRICK!!

THANK YOU!!!!! :]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]
ummm... that could be dangerous man! you could imbalace the disk, and then it would bacially bounce around in ur ps2 like a ping pong ball. but ive had this problem and ive found that if u open and then close your disk tray it usually works, if it doesent, please, for the love of pete dont put tape in it. you could ruin your ps2, and possibly hurt yourself.
KrAx4 years ago
Hey there Punkrules just thought I share a WARNING or add some info to the concept here - ALL CD/DVD/GameDisc systems have a standard of specs required, such as size, clearances, disc thickness, disc diameter, spin up speed, lasers focus and/or distance ratio. Adjustments are allowable on the laser mechanically, but the disc speed spin up may be adjusted by console setting in the browser menu.


**Also disc reads error may differ on the console systems position & ventilation of the area it is stored = standed upright or down normal. Hope this Helps more.
bosniaguy4 years ago
I have a Black PS2 disc. will it work on that too? If it helps, the disc is Shadowman 2
beebo444 years ago
it didn't work on mine for some reason : I :(
collard416 years ago
ive never had that problem
temp collard416 years ago
neither have I. But then again i dont have a ps2. i think that might be the REAL problem.
Kasm279 temp5 years ago
At least you don't have the additional problem of having an xbox with a dead DVD drive :P
miahsgirl5 years ago
Thanks for the great advice! I followed your instructions and voila I'm once again beatin down ho's and jackin cars (whilst ridin my BMX bike) in San Andreas!! However after reading some of the other comments regarding what kinds of tape (ie; masking;scotch;NORMAL) should be used, I'm left with the lingering question......WHAT IS NORMAL TAPE? I've heard of Electrical, Scotch, Masking, Duct, etc....but never have I heard the term NORMAL tape! I searched the shelves at many a Wal-mart, and Lowes, even Michaels to no avail! So I beg you, please explain what you mean by NORMAL tape!

Thanks for the advice!
stu2theMax5 years ago
Blue disks tend to be a little touchy and not read as easily as a silver disks, due to the refection back to the eye. Version 1 PS2's were not made well so it doesn't help when trying to read blue disks. You can count on minor disk slippage because of this, but the eye has no problem with this on silver disks because they are easily read. When blue disks slip, it makes it even harder for the eye to read them. Creating a repetitive error. Adding the tape tightens the gap between the disk and the clamp. Absolutely no slippage of the disk. Making a lot less room for error. Adding the tape adds weight but when spinning does not change anything unless the disk is uneven. But then u would have to find the perfect position for the tape on the disk and it would not solve everyone's disk problem. Very rarely will you find an uneven disk. Hope this ends your pondering. Props on just thinking this up one random day because it's a great remedy.
punkrules (author) 6 years ago
I really don't know. It just popped into my head one day. Wish I could explain it lol...thanks for checking out my instructable ;)
how did you come up with this? it just seems like an unusual idea lol : )
thefyk6 years ago
It worked!!! I think it's the weight. I used 4 pieces of scotch tape because I could not find any masking. Nice find!
punkrules (author)  thefyk6 years ago
awesome :) scotch tape didn't work for me but that's good that it worked out for you.
can i use normal tape?
punkrules (author)  123456789pos6 years ago
i've tried normal tape and it did not work for me, however you can give it a shot of course, but i am doubtful that it will work. best of luck to you.
vijayrocks6 years ago
thanks dude, it worked
punkrules (author)  vijayrocks6 years ago
no prob. i'm glad it worked 4 you.
King Crab6 years ago
My PS2 never had this problem. The only problem it did have is the motor. It refused to spin the disc. So I stepped on it.
esmacer6 years ago
out of curiosity, do you know why this works?(BTW 5/5)
punkrules (author)  esmacer6 years ago
apparently the tape evens the disc out on the tray. i don't know if it's due to the weight or the grip of the tape. i think it's the weight but i may be wrong. the idea just came to me one day though.
sounds about right, thanks for the interest in my question
punkrules (author)  esmacer6 years ago
no problem :) hope it was helpful.
Nolanh6 years ago
what if my ps2 doesn't read some silver discs? would this method still work?
punkrules (author)  Nolanh6 years ago
i'm not sure. i haven't had a problem yet with any silver discs. if it can't read it you can try my instructable and it might help you out. if not, try a lense cleaner like a "disc cleaner cd". hope this helps.
Ashinka6 years ago
It worked, thanks. 4.5/5
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