How do I Realign a Laser Lens in a Slim PS2?

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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The slim model of the PlayStation 2 (PS2) is more compact than the original model, and the DVD drive inside the device can fall prey to vibration issues that loosen the position of the lens where the laser focuses its beam. You can realign the lens on the DVD drive by partially disassembling the PS2, removing the lens and returning it to its original position on the drive.

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Things you need

  • Bath towel
  • Flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swab
  • Cotton glove

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  1. 1

    Unplug the PS2 Slim's power cord from the AC socket. Remove any cables connected to the PS2's connectors, as well as any controllers and memory cards from the front slots.

  2. 2

    Place a bath towel on a table to protect the surface. Place the PS2 face down on the towel with the serial number sticker on the left side and the back edge facing you.

  3. 3

    Insert the tip of a flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver beneath one of the rubber pads on the bottom of the PS2. Lift up on the tip to raise the pad. Pull off the pad with your fingers. Repeat this with all of the other rubber pads on the bottom. Remove the screws hidden beneath the pads with a Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Grip the back of the PS2. Pull up on the left side of the PS2. Pull the back off the PS2 and place it aside.

  5. 5

    Locate the black spindle hub at the centre of the DVD motor -- this will be at the upper right side of the PS2. Remove the four screws surrounding the laser frame assembly that is itself surrounding the spindle hub with the Phillips screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Pull the cables that are lying against each side of the laser frame assembly away with your fingers.

  7. 7

    Grip the bottom of the laser frame assembly and flip it over. Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver into the tab on the circuit board holding the plug that is attached to the laser frame assembly. Lift up on the tip to loosen the plug from the tab. Grip the plug with a tweezers and pull it out of the tab.

  8. 8

    Place the laser frame assembly on the towel with the laser module that is at one end facing up. Remove the screw from the clip over the laser module with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. Pull the clip off.

  9. 9

    Push the misaligned laser lens that is beneath the clip back into the depression with the tip of a cotton swab. Put on a cotton glove. Place a finger against the lens and rotate it a quarter turn clockwise to realign it in the depression.

  10. 10

    Place the clip back over the lens and attach the screw. Reattach the plug to the circuit board and place the laser frame assembly back on the PS2. Reattach the screws. Realign the two cables up against the laser frame assembly. Place the back case on the PS2 and reattach the screws.

Tips and warnings

  • You can put the rubber pads back on the PS2 by adhering them to the bottom with a bit of glue applied from a glue stick.

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