PlayStation 2 Optical Disc Drive Laser Assembly Replacement

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Student-Created Guide

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Replace the laser assembly in your optical disc drive.

Replace the laser assembly in your optical disc drive. Replacing the laser requires you to have or purchase a new laser.

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Edit Step 1 Top Cover  ¶ 

  • Flip the PlayStation 2 over so it lays with the bottom of the device facing upwards.

  • Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pry the eight flat screw covers out.

  • Remove the following eight screws securing the top cover to the bottom case:

    • Four 55.4 mm Philips screws

    • Four 18.0 mm Phillips screws

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Some models have a different number of screws and feet. Remove all the feet and screws in the bottom of the case.

  • The 10 screw model has 6 screws in the bottom-most portion and 4 in the upper tray.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Peel the warranty sticker (located next to the main power switch) straight away from the case.

  • To avoid activating the VOID that may come up, heat it carefully to remove and replace it clean

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Flip the PlayStation 2 back to its original upside position.

  • Lift the top cover off the bottom case.

  • To facilitate the removal, it is recommended to pry open the half closer to the power switch first while rocking the top cover towards the front of the bottom case.

  • Carefully remove the power cord that attaches the top and bottom halves by disconnecting the power cord assembly from the bottom case.

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Edit Step 5 Optical Disc Drive Laser Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 6.4 mm Phillips screws securing the top lid of the optical disc drive.

  • Lift and remove the lid from the optical disc drive.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 7.2 mm Phillips black screws securing the metal silver rails that hold the laser in place.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the optical disc drive laser ribbon cable.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the movable retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the optical disc drive laser ribbon cable straight away and out of its socket.

  • If you maneuver the unscrewed ends of the metal rails upwards, the laser will slide out.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the PlayStation 2 device page.

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Before proceeding to step 2, Take a look at your PS2, some PS2's have 10 screws (and screw covers) instead of 8 (i found them underneath the optical drive), these instructions have mislead me and i ended up breaking my top cover for my PS2.

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