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Yes the discs cannot be read
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?
Sounds like a replacement laser assembly should fix it. I've seen that happen quite a bit on the slimjims, and a new lens assembly has always fixed it.
Unfortunately, from what I've seen, adjusting, cleaning, or trying to things to adjust the lens that worked on older versions just never work on the slimjims. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong there.
Originally Posted by Guyver11469
Thanks for the response. If I get the new laser do I have to remove the ESD protection? I take it to do so I need a solder sucker?? Also is this worth the $30 or am I just getting the same crap equipment that will burn out in 3 months?
The v12 are notorious for burining lasers. Get a slimfix. I recommend comsoft's slimfix v4. Some peeps also like the summ0ne fix. Either one is good. If you don't put the fix in your laser will die again.
Slimfix? Okay, just so you all know I am not (yet) into modding the PS2. I am, at this point, just into finding dead PS2s and attempting to fix them. Thats right folks........I am a dumpster diver!! Well, only a couple times. I have had pretty good luck with fixing/cleaning the older (fat) models. This is the first slim I have tried. What you guys are saying is that if i buy a new laser it will fry within a few months? Or are the replacement parts of better quality. I heard somewhere on one of these boards that when you send your unit to Sony to have the laser replaced, they install a different (better quality) laser assembly. Is this true?
Here's how I understand it: V12 lasers suck. Suck so bad that Sony lost a class action lawsuit over them. So if you have to replace the laser anyway, doing a slim fix is a good idea to extend the life of the laser. On the other hand if you do decide to mod it and play backups then you MUST do a fix as the conbination of bad design and reading -Rs eats V12 lasers like nobody's business.