PlayStation 2 Optical Disc Drive Laser Assembly Replacement

Replace the laser assembly in your optical disc drive.

  • Author: jwyoung
  • Difficulty: Moderate

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

1 Edit Step 1 Top Cover  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pry the eight flat screw covers out.

1 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

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The 10 screw model has 6 screws in the bottom-most portion and 4 in the upper tray.

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.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: To avoid activating the VOID that may come up, heat it carefully to remove and replace it clean

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

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the top cover off the bottom case.

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.

Edit Step 5 Optical Disc Drive Laser Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift and remove the lid from the optical disc drive.

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.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Be sure you are prying up on the movable retaining flap, not the socket itself.

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.

Conclusion

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

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One Comment

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.

Tristan - Reply