Is my SlimPS2 dieing?

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Ok, over the past few days my PS2 has been playing up, it keeps saying "Please insert a Playstation or Playstation2 format disc", but, I have put in an original PS2 disc... :confused

If I take the disc out, open & shut the lid about 15 times very quickly then pop the disc back in & reset, it works most of the time, but it's a pain in the rear as the last time I tried to get it to work it took 1/2 an hour to actually decide to load GTA: San Andreas!!! :eek:

I'd rather not have to replace anything inside, but instead get another SlimPS2 unit (the big black oldies seem to struggle with GTA:SA), but not a PS3 just yet (too damned expensive!!!), and of course, it's out of warranty... :(

So, any ideas? :confused
 

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I don't know the equipment myself but it it takes cd roms then try a cd rom cleaning disk which will brush the dust off the reading lens
 

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Topper said:
I don't know the equipment myself but it it takes cd roms then try a cd rom cleaning disk which will brush the dust off the reading lens
I've tried cleaning (cotton buds much quicker), but it's the same... :(

As for CD-Roms, well, PS2/PS1/X CD-Roms yes, but the cleaning CDs are usually audio CDs with a couple of brushes attatched, which I found to be rubbish and is why I just use cotton buds, even if it requires dissasembly!!! :D

I'm thinking that the laser assembly might be on it's way out... :(
 

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2cvbloke said:
I'm thinking that the laser assembly might be on it's way out... :(
But don't bother having a look :p or you may never have that luxury again:cool:

2cvbloke said:
I've tried cleaning (cotton buds much quicker), but it's the same
These lenses are extremely sensitive to minor bumps and bangs as it is, let alone having a cotton bud thrust in its face, no wonder it is objecting;) ;
 

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But don't bother having a look :p or you may never have that luxury again:cool:


These lenses are extremely sensitive to minor bumps and bangs as it is, let alone having a cotton bud thrust in its face, no wonder it is objecting;) ;
Don't worry, it's too damned difficult to get into the PS2 (tried to get in 2 years ago to see what makes it tick!!!), so I wouldn't be opening it up to fiddle with the laser... :D

As for the cotton bud, I'm very gentle and spin the tip round whilst carefully moving it round the lens, I did the same to my old stereo (before I dropped it down the stairs!!!) which had a caked up lens, and 10 minutes of careful cleaning and it was fully functional again... :D

But alas, the lens is clear as a whistle but it just keeps messing about when I switch it on... :(
Once it's going it's fine, it's just the initial starting up that it acts up...
 

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Turns out the PS2 is fine, it was my GTA San Andreas disc that was banjaxed!!! It was slightly warped and had a few scratches, so I've bought a new one and hey presto, it works perfectly!!! :D
 

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just got a ps3 god its complicated.... if you want to play online games its forever doing updates..its a ps not a bloody pc....stick with the 2
 

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mrminibus said:
just got a ps3 god its complicated.... if you want to play online games its forever doing updates..its a ps not a bloody pc....stick with the 2
I've not even given a thought to getting a PS3, or even an xbox360, so I will be sticking with my PS2 for a fair while yet... :D
 

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mrminibus said:
they are at a bargain price of £10 each at cash generator in Bury x box's too
Meh, I'm not that fussed... :D
 
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