The "Disc Read Error" is one of the most common, and possibly the most frustrating error you might encounter.

The problem occurs because dust or debris has accumulated on the lens. Luckily, it is easy to fix and takes a few short and simple steps!

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

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

    On my ps2 there were only 2 screws near the front of the lid, it snapped into place in the back. I removed it by unscrewing the screws and gently pulling the back right corner (if the front is facing you) towards the front, it gently comes loose, then pulling the back left corner sideways and it came off

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    • Carefully wipe the lens in a circular motion with a rubbing alcohol damped Q-Tip.

    • Do not over-dampen the Q-Tip with rubbing alcohol.

    • Allow a few minutes for the rubbing alcohol to evaporate.

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

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I've tried the steps mentioned above to no avail. The problem persist. Anything else i can do besides purchasing another console? Sentimental value.Thank you.

Albie - Reply

What I'm gonna try and do is take a laser from a PC DVD burner tray and see if I reads things. It's a long shot but you can't break what's already broken ehh. I'll let you know what happens. And if it works I will write the proper tutorial for it:)

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HOw to use a lens cleaner dvd in Ps2

sajidsahito110 - Reply

please answer my problem

sajidsahito110 - Reply

hi i have a problem with my ps2. my ps2 is really old 8 years. at first 1-3 yrs ago it works fine but a little difficult to turn the game on because if fail sometimes and 4-7 yrs ago it's now really difficult to turn the game on i kept restarting it like the game plays at 15%. And now in 8 yrs it now didn't work to turn on the ps2 so i got a major problem, I know my PS2 is very old but is there any idea what to replace it with? My email is so please send me a message thanks you.

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I have problem with my ps2 when I put the cd in the screen says that it's reading the cd but after a few minutes it stops and says no data.

What should I do ? how do I fix it ? And any clues on what to do?

Arif Ali - Reply

Best option is this doesn't work is to not use the disc reader at all. As far as the research I've done no one makes replacement lasers for PS2 yet...or rather very few do. I suggest using PS2 homebrew programs to run the games from a HDD attached to the network adapter. Even then the PS2 takes pata drives unless you use a converter and a laptop sata HDD or modify the network adapter itself...if your brave. I honestly haven't personally tried these things yet mind you I've just been researching it for a week or so.

emmy - Reply

Tried this to fix the Cant-read-DVDs-but-can-read-CDs problem, when I put it back together, it wouldn't power on again :(

Took it apart again to see if I unplugged something accidentally and it doesn't look like I did. I hope someone will tell me this is common and I just knocked something loose but I'm afraid my ps2 might have finally died. (I've had it since 2002 though, so not bad I guess?)

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