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PS2 Problem! –
My PS2 have been making weird noises when i press either the reset or eject button and wouldnt play anything, but I usually got it working after a few tries, until now. So I opened the PS2 up and I found out that the problem is that the iron pin thing that the lense is supposed to slide on, it just spins and the lense wont slide. When I push the white plastic thing down with my finger it works though. I tried using crease and stuff on the iron pin thing but it didnt help much. Anyone got any ideas on how to keep the damn white plastic thing down on the pin so I can use my PS2 again?
The laser gear (plastic thing) is worn. What you can try is remove the laser lens: Look at the PS2 from the front. Take out the screw in the back-of-the-console side of the right-side laser guide rail. Lift off the rail and the laser, look at the bottom of the laser (be careful with the laser ribbon cable). You can see the plastic gear is mounted with a screw. Remove it, clean the gear with some paper and look at it. There are 2 plastic ridges in it that go into the worm gear ("iron pin thing"). They can have a | ) shape when good(look from the side), || when somewhat worn, and |( when they are completely used out. The real fix is to get a new gear from any ps2 spare parts supplier, but as a temporary fix you can heat the plastic (the gear is shaped as follows: _|----, apply heat at the second - character's place) with a soldering iron and bend it at the same time so it will contact the gear with more force. That usually works 8 hours on a |( shaped gear, and may work for many months on a || shaped one. At least this trick can help your pain while waiting for the spare to arrive, and if done carefully all you can break is the gear, which is already bad.
Ok I will try that and tell you how it works out, thanks alot for the reply
Yep. You may also want to add some very thin oil on the right laser rail and some grease on the left. The easier the laser moves, the better are the chances of the trick working (and if you get a new gear it will last longer). Just don't get the lens dirty or soak the ps2 in oil
I have removed the gear now and it looks really bad, how come they made it in plastic anyway :/, I think im gonna buy a new one tomorrow instead of trying to fix this one, thanks for the help
how much do you want for the old one
The whole PS2 DVD drive construction is pretty awful, the plastic gear is the most common fault. Just irritates me, there are DVD drives which never have bad lasers or mechanics... Thanks go to sony for saving a few cents everywhere.
Can someone post a URL where replacement gears can be obtained? I'm fairly sure my unit has the same problem. (little white piece of plastic that interacts with the worm keeps skipping)
It's not a flawed design, in the words of a former Ford engineer "shit breaks." If you think about it, a metal arm would be harsher on the worm drive, not only that but up until the PS2 and Xbox, how long were gaming consoles being supported... 2-3 years and boom, next big thing is out. These guys are past their prime, but still magnificent machines.