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Need help cleaning/replacing laser...
Need help cleaning/replacing laser... –
Anyone know of a site that will detail what I need to do to open up my PS2 and clean (and possibly replace) the laser? I have a V4. Also, how difficult is it to replace the laser? Is it a very precise process? I have taken apart many laptops completely and reassembled them without any problems, but have never opened my beloved PS2. Should this be something to leave to professionals, or is it a failry easy job? Thanks!
It is not too hard, but there is always the chance of permanent damage anytime you open a PS2 and don't know what you're doing. I don't know of any sites, but I can detail it out for you (and anyone else that wants it) fairly easily right now.
1. Flip PS2 over, remove the 8 screws (and of course the covers over them).
2.Put PS2 right side up again
3.Top cover should come off now, be very careful as you can damage the reset/eject cable fairly easily. If PS2 is facing you, cover should come up in the back a bit, then slide forward some. This is to get the cover around the CD drive tray door. It will now open like a book, the reset/eject cable side being the "spine". That's the best way I can describe that, hope it makes sense.
4.Peel the tape of the top of the drive tray that is holding the reset/eject cable down.
5.You need a small Phillips screwdriver to remove the four small screws on top of the drive tray. Once off, first try cleaning it with a Q-tip and isopropyl alcohol (important to be better than 90% alcohol). Wet Qtip slightly and rub over lens gently in circular pattern for about 20 secs. Make sure it's not too wet and dripping, nor to dry.
6.You can now set the top of the drive back on the system to test, no need to put it all back together. Be careful.
7.If you need to replace the lens, take the CD top cover back off, plug the system in and eject the drive tray then unplug again.
8.You will see two rails holding the laser in. Remove the small screw on the right rail (by the spiral cog for the CD laser motor).
9.The laser will tilt off the left rail, no need to remove that. You now need to remove the ribbon cable for the laser. There will be a small piece of plastic holding the ribbon cable into the laser. Hard to describe this, it's easier to look at the new laser so you know what I'm talking about.
10.Take the small white piece of plastic off the old laser and install on the new (this moves the laser down the cog).
11.Put the ribbon cable back in, secure it and install laser back on rail. Put screw back on rail. I always clean the laser just in case I touched it during this process. Set drive tray cover on and test.
Sounds a bit more complicated than it is, but if you've taken apart laptops you shouldn't have a problem. The steps will make more sense when the system's apart and you can see what I'm talking about.