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Did my v4 ps2 kick the bucket?
Did my v4 ps2 kick the bucket? –
I never thought I'd see the day, but I believe my ps2 is dead.
When you boot it, the drive makes a loud noise like it's grinding something or stuck and trying to move. Then when the explorer screen loads (ie: system config/data viewer) the animation in the background doesn't move like it used to but the menu still works. When you go to the data viewer the drive doesn't show up. So I'm guessing the drive is ****ed but I believe it's also something deeper within the system but I could be mistaken. It isn't modded or tampered with in any way, the only time it's been opened was today when I tried to fix it.
Is it worth fixing, or even possible to fix?
first try and clean the laser. as its a v4 it could possibly be the laser that needs to be replaced - they're pretty old. does it play PS1/music CD's?
the grinding sound could be the laser arm that goes over to the worm gear, the teeth on this could be worn out, as far as the animation not moving try resetting your clock
How hard would it be to replace the laser eye and the worm gear? Do they sell replacement gear parts or would I have to buy a new drive period?
I'll try taking the drive apart when I get off work here in a hour.
I just cleaned the laser. It didn't seem to do anything. it's not making the grinding sound anymore but I can't get it to spin up the disk.
Is your disk only spinning like 1/4 turn or less or is not moving at all? If it's only giving a little movement your laser is the cause. You may have pulled out the laser cable when you had it apart. This may cause it to stop grinding, becuase it won't see the laser so it won't try to move it.
That's what I'm thinking. I just plugged it in and put a disk in and opened explorer. It saw that there was a disk but wasn't spinning. I'm going to take it apart and make sure the ribbon cables are in correctly and try again.