I'm not sure what the problem with my friend's ps2 is. He's had it for a year, and just a couple days ago he tried to play game (nfl 2k3). Everything is ok, it gets to the menu, but it wouldn't load the games, it just got stuck on the loading screen.
So he tried the backup of his nfl 2k3, and it turns out that's even worse. It doesn't even get into the game at all. the ps2 logo comes up but it stays black and the laser sounds like it's a sort of vaccuum. The noise is not clicking, just kind of loud, liken to a cd-rip sound.
He also tried the backups of his other games and none of them work either, all have the same problem. All his originals have the same problem too, where they can get into the game but cannot load where the action starts.
Thanks for any comments or suggestions. I ran a search so please don't kill me if you find a topic elsewhere . Also, he was gonna try cleaning it out, but he doesn't know how, so he wants to know if he should find professional help before attempting to clean the laser.