I bought a broken PS2 off a friend for about 20 bucks. He had tried to fix it before, but all he seemed to have managed to do is lose one of the sliding bars the CD laser rests on. I have no clue how he managed this, but oh well. I was forced to improvise, until I can go to a hobby shop or something where I can buy a new one. ((anyone know where I could buy a small metal bar about 2mm in diameter and something like 2 inches in length?)) Right now I noticed the ink holder in a regular bic pen is the same diameter, and the laser is resting on it instead ;) nice ghetto engineering.
The other problem with this PS2, was the spindle motor that spins the CDs was bent, so as it was spinning, it would catch a component on the circuit board beneath it and drag, so the motor wasn't strong enough to continue, and it wouldn't spin the discs. I started to buy a replacement one, but I tried bending it back with a flathead screwdriver, and after about half an hour of bending back and forth, it spins perfectly. As I put the thing back together, I tried to put a disc in, and now, the spindle motor how somehow lost its magnetism!? now it won't hold the CD's because it won't attract cap to keep the CD in place.
I have no earthly idea how this happened. Is there anyway I can re-magnetise it? or should I just buy a new one? Ghetto fixes are accepted also :p I'm thinking about replacing the small metal piece in the cap with a magnet and see if it will do the same job.
Thanks for your time guys! and sorry for the long post!