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Another try, No longer reading disks
Another try, No longer reading disks –
Hi, wondered if anyone could shed some light on this.
Chipped up a v3 (020) bios console about 2 weeks ago with the Homebrew magic. All working fine until 2 nights ago, the console was switched off after use as normal and the next day when it was turned on nothing would boot. The unit has not been moved since it was chipped.
If you watch the lid of the laser unit when booting up a disk (any disk) you can see the spindle turn a couple of time but not as fast as you would normally see it (i think! never took that much notice in the past). Sort or pulses slowly (this maybe because no disk is being detected ?).
Then it spins up to a faster speed only to go to the Browser screen. If I press X on the browser screen it takes quite a while to give up but when it does the screen goes grey and says "ERROR READING DISK".
As Charlie_ps2's guide says I removed the installed chip and it does exactly the same thing.
It does this regardless of what type of disk is inserted and even though there is now NO chip in the console it does not go to the red (Please insert a playstation 2 cd) screen.
Just to the browser???
I have gone over all previously connected points and they all seem fine although I do understand from experience that it is easy to miss something but on this occassion everything is clean.
It was a clean install to begin with.
Just wondering if someone else has experienced this problem before and if there is a way to test the cd controller apart from the normal boot-up sequence.
same problem with magic2 on v5 pal after 3 weeks...
No boot at all, even original games...
U can see the laser and even the red light tring to focus but the disk is not seen...
I've changed the optical and i boot perfectly...
I' think the laser was calibrated too high from sony and using disk with poor quality, ****ed up the photodiode.
Strange no cd and no dvd.
Ahoy Max! Just a stab in the dark 'ere, but have ye tried cleaning the laser lens? Those little buggers collect nicotine, pet hair/dandur, and dust like a magnet, so they do! arrrrr
Hello Max, rearding the failure of the ps2 to read any disks after a while.
I have the same problem on two PS2s, one with a Magic2 the other with M3 homebrew. Both worked fine for a few weeks then, they just go to the browser screen with the disk spinning (pulsing) slowly. I have taken the chips out, still the same. It is not an install problem. Its as if the drive/motherboard doesn't register that a disk is loaded. If I go to the browser menu and leave it, it eventualy loads, after 5 mins, but then resets to the browser. I hope this isn't going to be a symptom of the Magics as I've done lots of them and don't want a stream of them coming back.
Same thoughts here m8.
Ok it happens but I am surprised to here about it all of a sudden.
There was another post with the same symptoms with a massiah I think. He said it workied for about 10-15 minutes then same as we are describing.
I think it is the laser(eye) or controller chips for the laser (BAxxxx) not the cd/dvd chip that you tag the wires to. The prob I have is that it is a v3 which has the BAxxxx chips on the laser unit so I need a replacement v3 laser to test. As soon as one comes in i'll give it a go.
I find it hard to accept that the media alone would be straining the laser causing it to fail because of the way it happens.
Before there is no signs of struggle or slow degredation just on one day working fine, off the next ??? Would this then not be happening with unchipped units playing audio on cd-r.
Surpose its just watch this space for now eh!
Are you in a position to put a voltmeter onto the Magic 3 homebrew and measure the output voltages? Particularly on SCEx - I'm keen to know if it's 5v and for how long; likewise the Z point.
I can't measure it now as both machines are in the process of being replaced. I will check these points if (I hope I don't) get a third machine with the same symptoms.
OK I've got two more machines winging thre way back. Both with M3s, both have been in use for a number of weeks, both now will not boot ANY disks, they just go to the browser screen. Once I've got them back I'll post more, int the meantime has anyone else had M3 problems like this. Its as if the Laser unit can't see the disks. I have a good unit to play with this time, so I can swap lasers etc. I'm very confident these are not install issues, I've been at it too long, and they worked fine for a period of time. I hope this isn't a +5V Magic into 3.3V PS2 degradation issue. Has anyone else had any similar probs??
I think the lesson here is that the Homebrew can at worst end up costing more than the genuine article, or even a Messiah 2!
Somewhere in the middle it's fun to mess around and eventually succeed. The lucky ones (or experts) get there quickly.
I look forward to receiving the voltages but don't bust a gut. It'll just set our minds at rest or otherwise as to whether the Homebrew can damage your PS2.