He has a (mod-)chipped PS2.
Originally Posted by EgyptBeast
If your game is seen as a burned disc, it won't get stuck at the PlayStation logo. Instead, it'll go to a red-coloured screen which says "Please insert a PlayStation or PlayStation 2 disc".
Originally Posted by James26133
It sounds more like your console has difficulties reading the disc you burned. Since it's an old console, there's also a chance that its laser is already worn out. Use Sony CD-R discs for PlayStation 2 CD-ROM and PlayStation games, which seem to be the best for the PlayStation 2's laser.
SCPH-10000 S. MINOKAMO v1.01 (Defunct)
SCPH-10000 S. KISARAZU v1.00 (faulty)
SCPH-15000 S. KOHDA (With warranty seal!) :D
DESR-5100 S. EMCS