Yes the discs cannot be read
Someone just gave me a PS2 slim. Model is SCPH-70012. I have been in all the forums I can find reading about laser or won't read discs issues. I am, to say the least more confused with all this information. I have tried: setting the unit upside down and sideways, taking the unit apart and cleaning the lens, adjusting the CD and DVD pots under the laser assembly, using diagnostics mode. Nothing has helped. Here is what happens when I turn the unit on (case open) holding the momentary switches so it can try to read the disc. Laser moves to it's position under the hub, disc spins, laser moves about 1/4 inch away from the hub and turns on, disc stops spinning, disc spins, laser on, disc stops, (this happens 3 times) disc spins, laser on and seems to be going through some kind of focusing sequence about 4 times, laser off, disc spins fast then stops, then the error message if I go into the browser (only if I go into the browser do I see this error message). I can get the laser assembly for $30. But since all the confusion I am not sure if this is the problem or if something deeper than the laser has gone out. I have a multimeter and some advanced mechanical knowledge and some basic electronic knowledge. Can someone please help?