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PS2 will not read silver bottom DVD games
PS2 will not read silver bottom DVD games –
I have a version 4 PS2 (SCPH-30001, Ser#. U517xxxx) that will not read silver bottom dvd, but will load up the black bottom ones? Anyone seen this problem before? Does this mean that the DVD lens is damaged? Any feedback will be appreciated.
Been there...I had the same problem when my laser died in my v4. You may be able to clean and/or adjust it to get a few more months out of it, but you are probably better off just buying a new laser.
Thanks for the reply and confirming what I had suspected.
Why get a new laser?? I would just install a 120GB+ Hard Drive for the Same price (Or less) and it will be a hell of a lot less work installing a hard drive ... Thats what Im doing when my laser dies
Steve-O 2005, thanks for your response, but I have a question. If the laser can't read the disk to play the game how is it going to read the disk to transfer data to the hard drive? Not sure about that one.
If your laser has died, all you would have to do is just put the hard drive into the computer and use hdl_dump or winhiip to transfer games onto hdd without using the ps2 at all.
Originally Posted by surferr
The simple fact the several of my games were not / still are not compatible with hdloader made it worth my time and money to get a new laser. Also, without a mod chip with dev mode you better hope that the laser never completly dies. Otherwise you won't be able to boot the trigger disk for the exploit.
Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to try replacing the laser and install a hard drive.
Check out my laser repair guide hope it helps
Most of the repair methods in this guide require that you open the case to your Playstation 2 causing it to void your warranty. Also by opening the case you risk possible damaging the console further. We cannot and will not be held responsible if any damage happens to your console if you follow our instructions.
Fatman514's PS2 Laser Repair Guide for Version 0-8 Consoles
If you're having trouble getting certain discs or even all discs to play at all, this guide will help you to get your laser to function normally again or help you determine whether or not if it should be replaced.
First off your best bet would be to try cleaning off the disc you're trying to play with a damp coth. If that doesn't solve your problem try to get your hands on a cd/dvd laser lens cleaner (unfortunately, a lot of them don't work in PS2 ). I've found that my Trisonic brand cleaner works great in my PS2. If that doesn't work then the next step would be to clean the laser with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. Now this and all other steps following this one void your warranty as they require that you open the case so be CAREFUL. Instructions for cleaning the laser are as follows:
1. Flip over the PS2 GENTLY.
2. Remove the 8-10 screw covers (little plastic squares on the underside of the PS2) and screws.
3. Flip the PS2 right side up again.
4. On the back of the PS2 on the left side (if facing front) is a warranty sticker. You'll need to split this in order to open the case. A precision screwdriver works great for this.
5. After the warranty sticker has been removed, GENTLY lift the case off towards the right (if facing front) be aware of the tin ribbon cable on the right side of the PS2.
6. Now you'll need a precision screwdriver to remove the 8 screws for the dvd-rom drive cover.
7. After you remove the 8 screws gently pull off the drive cover. There may be a little resistance but keep pulling this is normal.
8. Once you've removed the drive cover you'll see the laser.
9. Gently wipe the laser with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol.
10. To test the laser again, just put in the problem disc while its off, put the drive cover back on securelym turn on the PS2 and tap reset.
If that doesn't solve your problem the next step would be to adjust the height of the laser. Instructions for adjustiing the height of the laser are as follows:
1. With the case open and the dvd-rom drive cover removed. Make sure there isn't a disc in the drive then turn on the PS2 and hit eject.
2. Next turn off the PS2 with the drive ejected.
3. Now towards the back of the disc drive you'll see a small white gear. Mark the original position of the gear with a pen or pencil.
4. Next turn the gear 5 clicks in either direction. If one direction doesn't work try the other.
5. To test the laser again turn on the PS2, hit eject to close the drive, turn the PS2 back off, put the problem disc back on the spindle, place the drive cover securely back on the drive, turn the PS2 back on and tap reset.
If that doesn't solve your problem you should try adjusting the pots on the bottom of the laser. Instructions for adjusting the pots on the bottom of the laser can be found at the site below:
Finally, if nothing else above helps, it could be an issue with your modchip (if applicable). Be sure to check over all the onnections and make sure that they are correct and clean and be sure that there aren't any solder bridges or splashes on the PS2 motherboard or on the modchip itself. Also a lot of newer modchips have an 'R' wire. This is a timing wire for the boot sequence, so be sure to route it away from anyother wires, because any interference can cause booting problems.
If none of the above seems to solve your laser issues its time for a replacement. Be sure to check the model number on your current laser and to get the same type of laser as your replacement. I hope everyone finds this guide helpful!
Btw expect more updates to this guide in the future , I wrote this one quite a while ago and since then i've fix many more ps2's with different problems so expect updates for this guide and a guide for version 9-10 and pstwo slim . I dunno when i'll get around to this and im not promising anything but i'm sure I prolly will
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Fatman, nice guide...I'll give it a try. Thanks again for all the feedback and advice.