PlayStation 2 Troubleshooting

Won't Power On ¶ 

The PS2 just won't turn on.

Not Plugged In ¶ 

There needs to be a power source for the PS2 to work. Make sure that your PS2 is plugged into the wall outlet, that the outlet works and that the power plug is plugged into the PS2.

Faulty Power Switch ¶ 

This could result from a number of things but ultimately you will need to replace it if this is the problem. Use this guide to help you.

Power Light Goes Red After Turning On ¶ 

There have been instances when a connection from the main power switch on the back of the console becomes loose from the internal power board. If you think this is the case, follow the steps in this guide to get to the power switch circuitry. A complete power switch may be necessary, or you may just need to solder any bad connections.

Disc Drive Errors ¶ 

Problems with discs working in the game system.

"Disc Read Error" ¶ 

If this error message is shown, the fix is really simple. All you need to do is open your disc drive to clean the lens.

Laser is Broken ¶ 

If your PS2 still doesn't work after cleaning the lens, it could be that the entire laser is broken and needs to be replaced. There could also simply be a broken connection, or an unplugged cable that needs to be fixed. In either case, refer to the laser replacement guide to help you.

Disc Drive Needs Replacing ¶ 

If the above steps have been taken and you still get disc drive errors, it is time to replace the whole disc drive.

Overheating ¶ 

System seems to be getting too hot.

Faulty Cooling Fan ¶ 

If you look on the back of the PS2 and the fan isn't spinning, it may be time to replace the fan. The fan is connected with just one small plug inside the unit, so before resulting to a complete replacement, try taking apart your PS2 to check the connection. Whichever way you need to go, check out the fan repair guide.

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