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- Sunday, February 15th, 2004 Like Share






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Nuclearfusion Aug 7, 05
Hi there, I was wondering if anyone could shed some light to this matter. I know that for the 30001R v5 board there's a fuse that you could unsolder and resolder at another point on the board to make the 400C laser work on this v5 (Type R)laser board. Are there similar points for the V7 or V9 systems that will make the HD7 or TypeR lasers interchangable with the 400C lasers?
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Sbernst Nov 24, 05
Hey there,

I'm new to the community and have a PS2 that powers up, spins up the disc, but then appears to sit there. Sure the fancy screen pops up, sound effects and all, but no disc play. So I followed a guide almost as fine as Veg's, but no dice - nothing worse, but no better either: The disc spins up, but then "buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz" over and over from the inside of the PS2. My Best Buy product replacement plan expired in August, so I figure I'd try my hand at doing the work myself... Especially since it's Thanksgiving and EVERYTHING is closed... JUST when I WANTED to PLAY my PS2 during the holidays... it busts. Grrr.

Anyhow, I have a SCPH-39001 and experienced the drive making a 'buzzing' noise after the drawer closes and the disc has a moment to spin up. It's not the disc because I tried and got the same result on other discs. I have followed online guides to perform a cleaning. Seemed to go fine. I put the DVD cover back on the drive assy and powered up. I didn't connect to a TV, but just listened for the buzzing noise.

I noticed the laser assy travels all the way to the spindle / hub ring and bumps there a few times on power up (as if it is seeking a zero position) and then the disc begins to spin. (obviously, I've removed the DVD cover and manually placed a disc on the spindle)

When I manually placed the disc on the drive, the spindle seems to get a better or firmer grip than with the cover and magnet. My theory: Poor 'grip' on spindle is preventing the drive from spinning up to the needed speed for the drive to read correctly.

The two or three times I've successfully gotten it to read it was after I put the disc in place, but not when I assemble as normal. I'm saying that it is reading because the laser assy actually travels, as though reading the disc... Otherwise, when I put the cover in place and insert a disc using the tray. I hear this buzzing after the disc is spining (but not the disc itself). I've noticed the laser assy stays in one location, but not the same location as when I first power on the unit.

I've read in other guides that the white plastic guide that allows the laser to travel gets mis-aligned, but don't think that's my problem. I examined the white guide (makes contact with a long thread that turns to provide motion) and noticed two metal protrusions are making contact with the threaded assy just fine.

I'm at a loss. I thought that maybe if the spindle assembly came up slightly higher, the disc would be better grabbed by the magnet it might help, but am unsure how to do that. Any suggestions are welcome!

Thanks for your time and patience in reading this request.

Happy Holidays,

Steven B.

(sbernst@gmail.com)
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Garkaz Dec 29, 05
Umm my PS2 isn't even getting DREs. I turn it on, it plays the start music, some lines come up on screen, and the nnothing. Any help?
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corpseman Feb 10, 06
this is kinda offtopic but you guys seem to know what your doing so im gonna ask you anyway.

my ps2 is already modded to boot off a hardrive but it needs to read a disk and a ps2 memory card to do this, ive already cleaned the lens once but it needs doing again soon so i was wondering is it possible to:

A) replace the dvd drive in the ps2 with a pc one

or

B) modify the bios on the ps2 to make either the hardrive or the memory card the primary boot device. i have a fair amount of experience with building pc's so im fairly confident if there is a way i could do it so please dont give me the "if you need to ask about this you wont be able to do it" speech.

please direct your responces to my email dark_caudex@hotmail.com thanks
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Darkcloud_100 Feb 11, 06
my PS2 Cd tray wouldnt shut because the little white bump was misaligned, but i managed to fix it thanks to this quide. Thanks alot
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timmyg316 Feb 12, 06
I sliced my cable while i opened my ps2 can anyone tell me if i can fix it or how to get it replaced?
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Raijin1999 Feb 13, 06
Just a note, that buzzing noise described a few posts up is more than likely the metal slider (looks like a corkscrew, just to the right of the cd tray railing) skipping along the glide teeth, catching nothing essentially, therefore the lens isn't reading the parts of the disc it needs to ta start up. The problem however, can be attributed to a number of things. The metal slider could need more greasing - the slide connector (a fragile little device) could be misaligned or bent awry, giving the connection no support/negative force against the teeth's jitter, or the lens itself may be weak, and over exerting itself trying to read, confusing the slide system into moving into hyper speed.

Best thing to do is to take it to a professional repair service (can also send it to sony, but you have to pay shipping, and if out of warranty, will pay repair costs too).
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wheelindduc Mar 1, 06
my game play was starting to slow down a lot, and freeze ups were starting to happen, as well as the occasional disc read error. i followed the cleaning portion of the guide, and it worked great!!! thanks a lot!!

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Blingage Mar 7, 06
Me too now my 4 year old PS2 is grea. Thanks a million guys!
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Crofty Mar 19, 06
Hey, my PS2 (version 4) has stopped working properly - well I can use it but i think the controller port may be broken due to the fact that on any game or any menu and with any controller in either port; the down button is constantly on when it is not an so is the X button.
Also i have snapped the fan off the circuit board. Does this just need to be soldered back on?

Thanks - Any help is greatly appreciated.
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James Cooper May 14, 06
Hello,

My PS2 is suffering slow-downs, freezes and the occassional DRE - all accompanied by the "buzzing" sounds described by raijin1999. I suspect a tray misalignment (the laser lens is clean) but having taken a look at Vegitax's guide and having got the DVD drive cover off, I can't free the disc tray itself.

The tray is held in place on one side by plastic clips with the adjacent side having two slightly different clips/hooks.

Vegitax, I can't spot your two "lower left" screws (I have a SCPH-50003 and I'm absolutely stuck!

Has anyone got any advice on removing the tray and hopefully fixing the problem?

James Cooper

[quote][originator=raijin1999]Just a note, that buzzing noise described a few posts up is more than likely the metal slider (looks like a corkscrew, just to the right of the cd tray railing) skipping along the glide teeth, catching nothing essentially, therefore the lens isn't reading the parts of the disc it needs to ta start up. The problem however, can be attributed to a number of things. The metal slider could need more greasing - the slide connector (a fragile little device) could be misaligned or bent awry, giving the connection no support/negative force against the teeth's jitter, or the lens itself may be weak, and over exerting itself trying to read, confusing the slide system into moving into hyper speed.
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xnightfairy May 16, 06
Ok so tonight was my first time cleaning the lens for my PS2 (old model, not the slimmer one) and I accidentally unplugged the cable that makes the CD tray open. It's a really thin, really small cable that fits into a little slot (I think), that I unplugged by trying to pull the whole CD tray thing up, instead of just the top cover. Everything else on the console works fine, I just need to know how to fix opening the CD tray. When I press the button to open it, nothing happens, and I'm beginning to think the plug gave power to the CD tray because even though the CD is inside of the tray, it doesn't even try to read it.

Can anyone please help?
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wolf 10101 May 23, 06
i took my ps 2 apart to clean the lense i put it back together and now it wont turn on does ne one have ne idea how i can fix this or what could have happend i will be eternally grateful if someone could help me fix it
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serg123 May 24, 06
my PS2 has resently experienced disc error and i followed the guide to clean the lens but still wont work, today i took it apart again and obserbed wat the lens did and it just sat there with the little red light coming out so i think the lens works, but i was wondering is the lens suppose to be moving back and forth we its reading the disc??
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MarkBE May 27, 06
I, dropped my PS2 recently screwing up the tray - gutted, this was a games and dvd player in the kids playroom. I looked on ebay for a second hand usit etc etc but thought I would have one go at fixing it - I'm no the best at diy!!! Anyway, found this guide and hey presto everything works great. Thanks to Neoseeker you've saved me £100. There are obviously a load of slightly different ps2s out there as mine didn't look like the photos but it wasn't hard to adjust accordingly. I am chuffed!!
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