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- Sunday, February 15th, 2004 Like Share






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VeGiTAX2 Mar 11, 04
Your best bet is to hit up an electronics shop and let them know what you're doing. Sometimes you can score points and they'll do it for a few bucks saving you the trouble of doing it yourself.

If I remember right Nickel isn't something you want to use. I have a friend who tried to repair their DDR Pad PCB with it once and didn't work out at all.

In regard to the dust, you should notice that it runs a lot cooler than before making your motherboard gain back some life that it was probably losing with so much dust around creating excess heat. ^^
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Wo Daddy Wo Mar 11, 04
Hey VeG, have you heard of any good preventive measures that can be taken in order to reduce the amount of dust that makes it's way inside the PS2 housing? And, would you say it's better to try and gently brush off accumulated dust from the rear and exterior filter slots or use the canned air? I already try and keep a cover over my PS2 when it's not in use, however, I usually forget...
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VeGiTAX2 Mar 15, 04
Really the only way would be to come up with a better filter for the front grill on the bottom. If you did that you would also require the USB fan that many people sell for the front of it. It would probably reduce dust somewhat but at the cost of higher heat due to restricted airflow. =/

Plus no matter what you do the drive tray still has gaps all around which is what fuels the dust buildup >_< get the disc spinning at max and it sucks in particles around.

Many people say keep it at a fairly high elevation when in use so that it doesn't pick up as much dust, I haven't found this to really help but you can always try. Always clean off the surfaces where you set your PS2. All the little particles are just waiting to jump in.

For vent cleaning I usually use canned air. Usually because it's really hard to get the excess off of the fan blades or the screen itself. If you do wish to clean those and get it down well then use some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and clean the blades, the alcohol should help get it right off. Be sure that when you do this that the fan is unplugged from the mainboard so that you don't drop fluid on the powerboard below ^^
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Rhetorical Mar 20, 04
VegiaX2 Thanks for posting such a helpful thread! I started having gradual DRE's about 3 months ago (usually with certain discs) it got worse and worse. Finally, all I got were DRE's. I opened my PS2 up, and cleaned it out (including the lens) and it now works fine!

I thought my world was about to end, thankyou thankyou thankyou!

This message was edited by rhetorical on Mar 19 2004.
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pimpjuice416 Mar 28, 04
Dumbest question you all have probably ever heard. And I honestly think I know the answer. Does the discs actually SPIN in the PS2? I'd have to say YES, but am I wrong?
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pimpjuice416 Mar 28, 04
PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

I have a couple problems...

1. My PS2 only has 8 screws (can i still perfomr this?)
2. I am experiencing LOTS of resistance when taking the cover off. It comes off the back edge fine, but it seems stuck preety hard around front (where the controller ports, etc are) How hard can I pull on it before it snaps everything like a twig?
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VeGiTAX2 Mar 28, 04
Make sure all the screws are off of the top section and the two long screws are removed. The top should come off fairly easy after that. If you're experiencing trouble I suggest trying to take it off at a slant and gently shifting the cover while trying to take it off.

By this I mean picking the cover up at the back and tilting it so you take the back off and eventually you'll have enough slack to pull the case forward and lift the top off at angle around the memory card/controller port area. Remember in the 8 screw model it uses a ribbon cable so you're going to be limited on how much slack it gives you to work with.
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pimpjuice416 Mar 28, 04
So...I take the TOP off the PS2? I thought you were supposed to take off the bottom...I have all 8 screws from the bottom taken out, and tilt the PS2 in a VERTICAL position, and try taking it off from bottom (controller ports) to top (reset/eject buttons) Am I doing this correctly? Thanks so much for helping me, you rock man!
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pimpjuice416 Mar 29, 04
Nevermind, I fixed it. Although I used the TechTV article, only because it was more simple But thanks Veg, you freakin rock:)
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Sphinx Apr 7, 04
OK, my PS2 is being a bitch and I am pretty sure it is the lens, as it is not loading games and stuff, and making weird noises. I am all ready but I have no 70% alchohol, so I was wondering if methylated spirits would do the job. (I think it is under 70%).
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VeGiTAX2 Apr 7, 04
People have tried quite a few things actually, the key item is to have it just be an alcohol and water based solution, other elements may have adverse effects, I haven't experimented around much with other stuff though.

Sorry for the lack of updates, it's actually quite a pain to get my hands on these versions or even pictures of the inner workings.
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Top Fuel Drag Racer Apr 8, 04
I have used a guide simular to this one which I purchased from a person off Ebay.

Not only clean the lens with alcohol, but clean the rods thats move the lens housing itself, don't go mad here as the rods are already slightly greased, so don't rub too hard.

Always use a clean cotton bud for each rod.

The surgery on mine took only 20mins (without anaesthetic) but I did use a table lamp which you can fold over the unit to produce some good extra light for extra confidence.

No more 'disc read errors' or Green screens. Look out Holby City here I come


Cleaning Fluids you can use:-

Audio Cleaner Fluid
Petrol Fluid (please don't smoke when doing this)
Alcohol Stirrets (what the Doc uses on the spot where the needle goes in ya arm to take blood) ask a nurse you know to get you some at your local practice or Hospital

Don't saturate the cotton bud with fluid, squeeze off any excess then gently wipe and let it dry on it's own.

This message was merged with other messages by adidas0167 (moderator)
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digitalgangsta21 Apr 10, 04
I registered just for this question, I need help bad.

My PS2 makes clciking noises on startup and sort-of weird grinding/clicking noises when I play. Most of the time the game starts, but freezes where clicking takes place, then un-freezes. It won'y work on MVP 2004 or True Crime. PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

Thanks
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duke leto Apr 13, 04
Hey,
Great guide, but I need more help. My PS2 wouldn't recognize the hard drive that comes with FFXI (it used to recognize the Linux kit one), so I opened it up to see if I could figure out what was wrong, besides, the head needed cleaning; anyway now the cd won't spin (usually gives it about half a turn on boot up, though every once in a while it works enough to read a cd for a moment) and the lights on the reset/eject switch are out, though the reset button still works. To add to the weirdness I'm fairly certain the on/off switch has reversed so the old off position is now on. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
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Rhetorical Apr 13, 04
Duke, is your PS2 one of the first ones to hit the shelves? If it is, there is a tech suppoert number you need to call. Apparently, the HDD isn't compatible with the first generation PS2's there is a number located in one of the manuals. Look in this thread HEREfor more information.
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