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    PS2 Slim- issues playing discs

    I have a PS2 Slim (the earlier version with a separate power brick).
    It has just been taken out of storage, and it doesn't play DVDs or PS2 games anymore. The main menu comes up, but it says "can't load the disc" when you try to play a disc through the menu. The disc should play automatically on startup, anyway. I have managed to get it to play a couple of music CDs, though.
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    Ooookkkk... Try to dust off the lens, failing that try to adjust the laser, failing that buy a new laser assembly, failing that buy another slim ps2 because they're not exactly expensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by max 330 mega View Post
    Ooookkkk... Try to dust off the lens, failing that try to adjust the laser, failing that buy a new laser assembly, failing that buy another slim ps2 because they're not exactly expensive?
    what do you use to dust off the lens? I suppose normally you're not supposed to touch the lens?

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    Qtip and some alcohol. If the drive spins the disc but the laser does not read the disc then it's possible the laser has failed and needs to be replaced. I had this happen to a ps2 slim I owned.

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    so, what kind of alcohol would I use- isopropyl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe8 View Post
    so, what kind of alcohol would I use- isopropyl?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by max 330 mega View Post
    Ooookkkk... Try to dust off the lens, failing that try to adjust the laser, failing that buy a new laser assembly, failing that buy another slim ps2 because they're not exactly expensive?
    So, how would I adjust the laser?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe8 View Post
    So, how would I adjust the laser?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tvwdel1XuA
    I did this without a volt meter, but it's not recommended. Take a photo how the screws are before you change anything so that you have a reference, it's easy to adjust it too much.

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    You cannot accurately adjust laser potentiometers with a multimeter or the like. The only way to calibrate a laser is with an oscilliscope and if you don't have one handy it's not worth getting one. Just buy a new Ps2, they're 15 bucks at a local thrift or a few bucks more on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasiyAge View Post
    You cannot accurately adjust laser potentiometers with a multimeter or the like. The only way to calibrate a laser is with an oscilliscope and if you don't have one handy it's not worth getting one. Just buy a new Ps2, they're 15 bucks at a local thrift or a few bucks more on ebay.
    Adjust the pots on the laser assembly first. If no luck, buy a replacement laser assembly. My slim was doing the same thing (reading CD games but not DVD ones) and I was able to get it working again by adjusting the pot. But I expect the fix to be temporary.

    Careful to use a tiny screwdriver. I broke my CD pot and had to just bridge it with solder. I'm sure it'll die soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe8 View Post
    I have a PS2 Slim (the earlier version with a separate power brick).
    It has just been taken out of storage, and it doesn't play DVDs or PS2 games anymore. The main menu comes up, but it says "can't load the disc" when you try to play a disc through the menu. The disc should play automatically on startup, anyway. I have managed to get it to play a couple of audio discs, though.
    It sounds like the laser is dying. I see this fairly commonly on PS2's, where it has trouble only with specific types of discs, be it CD, DVD, or dual layer DVD.

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