How to Fix a Slim PS2 System That is Not Spinning the Disc

Written by jordan baughman
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When the Sony Slimline PlayStation 2 becomes overheated or is the subject of too much wear and tear, the video game console will begin to malfunction. The most common issue with the PS2 is the disc read error. When the game disc refuses to spin or the console prompts you with the "Disc Read Error" message, the PS2's laser eye has overheated and burnt out. You can attempt to manually replace the laser eye yourself to save on the cost of a professional repair; however, without mechanical expertise, you run the risk of breaking your console.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Small Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Replacement laser eye

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  1. 1

    Turn the PlayStation 2 upside down and remove the warranty label located on the bottom.

  2. 2

    Remove the six rubber feet covering the screws by using a small flathead screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Remove the six screws with a small Phillips-head screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Turn the PS2 right side up and lift off the top off the hard casing.

  5. 5

    Look to the back right and remove the four screws holding the old laser eye in place with the small Phillips-head screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Remove the cable holding the old laser eye in place.

  7. 7

    Detach the brown clip and remove the old laser eye.

  8. 8

    Insert the new laser eye and replace the brown clip.

  9. 9

    Replace the cables to hold the new laser eye in place.

  10. 10

    Replace the four screws.

  11. 11

    Place the hard casing back on the console.

  12. 12

    Replace the six screws onto the bottom of the PS2.

  13. 13

    Replace the six rubber feet over the six screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Removing the warranty sticker will void any warranty you currently have with Sony.

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