Need advice for a chunky PS2 with a failed optical drive
I've got a SCPH-50001 with an optical drive that no longer works (disc read error). I've cleaned the lenses and tried monkeying with the little white gears that supposedly raise or lower the lens, but no luck.
I have not tried tweaking laser voltages, as I don't know if it's worthwhile.
- It's also got a Maxtor HDD in it (I can't remember what size, but I think it's over 100GB). I got the console from a friend, and I don't know what the HDD was being used for, I only noticed that it had a HDD in it when I took it apart this weekend.
- I have two 8MB memory cards,
- My family's games are mostly in the Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DDR, and Karaoke Revolution lines.
- I've got plenty of PC hardware in my arsenal (external HDs, external optical drives, etc.) that I can throw at the problem, if helpful.
Now, I'm looking for advice. I could either buy new parts for this, get a replacement off of ebay, get another PS2 version off of ebay, or potentially use some combination of third-party software to workaround the lack of the optical drive.
I've been reading this weekend about things like hd loader, and all kinds of other third-party software, but since the PS2 has been around for a million (Internet) years, I'm having a lot of trouble sorting out what is pertinent (new) information, and what is obsolete.
What makes the most sense in '09?
If you wouldn't mind, in your response, would you provide some specific links to what I need to read to get up to speed on that suggestion?
Thanks a lot!