PS2 Repair thread
Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:50 PM
So I was gonna play a game on my launch PS2 and it would not register the disk at all. I tried a different disk and the same thing happened. So I figured something prolly came loose; so I decided to crack open my PS2 and check. And low and behold my ribbon cable for my laser was unhooked. I figured "oh this will be easy.":D And I began to try to plug it back in. But sadly I have tick american fingers so it wouldn't go in. So I though "Oh I'll just loosen the cd drive and plug it in that way!":D Well I loosened the drive and pulled it out and fixed the cable! So I put the drive back in and I noticed a component similar to this (I am sorry but I have to use an edited link so please bear with me) > [http: //i805(dot)photobucket(dot)com/albums/yy332/Daniel_Cadwell/043923-1.jpg] and [http: //i805(dot)photobucket(dot)com/albums/yy332/Daniel_Cadwell/043950-1.jpg] . Anyway, I looked at it and it looked loose so I poked it and it fell off! Needless to say I was a tad annoyed. So I decided to call the component Fred. So I tried saudering Fred back on but his legs were too short. And given it was like 3 or 4 AM I was a tad tired and accidentally crushed Fred. So what I would like to ask of all of you smart and intelligent people is, What component is Fred? And where may I locate another of him to sauder back on to my PS2's motherboard. I haven't turned it on for the fear that if I did it would fry everything. Anyway I would like your help asap. And thank you all in advanced.
Posted 04 May 2011 - 05:16 PM
Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:57 PM
I have a white ps2 slim and i got it to turn on and everything, but the laser itself doesn't move at all. Anybody know where I can start searching to diagnose it somehow?
Posted 27 July 2011 - 02:47 PM
Posted 04 August 2011 - 12:53 AM
Some disks are just borked. I've had multiple copies of Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space and all of them have the same issue as you. My guess is that some games were just poorly pressed that have problems on a PS2, but a PS3 can work through.
Ok so not sure what is causing this.Got a used PS2 hooked up I got off CAG, tested Kingdom Hearts II, Final Fantasy XII, Metal Gear Solid (PS1), Persona 4and a Nicktoons Unite. All worked find.I pop in Nicktoons Battle for Volcano Island for my kids, and it shows the PS2 logo then nothing. Works absolutely fine in the PS3. I clean the disk, try again. No luck. Any idea what would be causing this?
Posted 09 August 2011 - 03:09 AM
Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:59 AM
Anyhow, I thought this was funny, one of my wife's employee's had a old PS2 that wouldnt work. It wasnt reading disks, it would just make clicking noises. So she brought it home to see if I could work on it. Right away I notice it reeks of cigarettes. I'm used to working on older 8-bit systems or the occasional Gamecube, so I'm used to cigarette smells in these things. But this one hit me with the smell as she walked into the house with it. So I open it up, and all the vents are completely filled with dust and cigarette residue and what I hope is cat hair. I clean all that out, and actually have to wipe off everything inside to get the gunk off of it. Once everything is all clean, I started working on the actual problem. Turns out the crap is all over the rails for the CD laser, and now it cant slide on them. This is what I was expecting, but I didnt expect the amount of crap on them. I had to actually scrap it off with a screwdriver. Anyhow, some cleaning and grease on the rails and the laser slides fine. I had to readjust it a couple times, but then it worked fine.
The guy who owned it was completely baffled as to how cigarette smoke could do that, but that was like his 3rd PS2 that had that problem.