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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How about the little dots in the start ups screen what if they aren't moving how do I fix that?

Mike Garcia - Reply

My PS2 Slim just died, I think. I noticed it was lit green, like when it's on. I asked my daughter if she had played and forgot to turn it off, but she said she hadn't. I felt the unit and it was really hot. I tried turning it off, but the LED stayed green. I ultimately pulled the plug from behind, so it got black. Re-powered it and now it goes green for a split second and then starts blinking red. No display. Burnt out unit, perhaps?

Carl Oxwall - Reply

i got a ps2 and the power light comes on fan will run game will turn but it wont come on the screen it wont boot up to the mean screen......what could it be.

wondercoco - Reply

My system will play PS2 games, but when trying to play PS games I get audio and no video.

Amanda Jewell - Reply

My son was playing PS2 with the controller got with the PS2. I ordered two more controllers, so I wanted to make sure they worked. I put one in and it worked then I put the other in and everything out, no lights at all, no picture. I unplugged all the cords and plugged back in, switched outlets.

amanda casper - Reply