Suggestions for a problem with my ps2.

#1 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -

 Back in december I was playing Persona 3 for the first time, after i had put it down for a year or so. At one point i picked up my PS2 slim to plug in a controller (the memory card was covering the controller port) and since then I have had problems.  Music and audio just cut out sometimes during cutscenes and when I'm running around town.. The game would pause for 30 seconds to over a minute just to load up the next spoken line in a conversation. I'd finish a fight and have to wait long past the win animation to continue. It's frustrating and makes playing these games a real chore.
 
 I can hear when the disc is being read and when it isn't. Things will be silent then i hear the ps2 working and then  characters start talking again.
 
At first I thought it was just Persona 3. But now I am playing Persona 4 for the first time and I'm about 20 hours in and I'm noticing the same problems. Any help anyone can give?

#2 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

Sounds like your PS2 is dying: my PS2 refuses to play certain discs, and does not play ANY DVDs anymore.
 
Not to sound like a dick, but I suggest you buy a PS3.

#3 Posted by Yummylee (22538 posts) -

Get a new ps2? I'd gather those things are dirt cheap at this point. Surprised they don't hand them out for free with McDonalds happy meals.

#4 Posted by NTM (7542 posts) -

My PS2 died. Took it out of the closet a month back, plugged it in, put a game in, the game didn't run at all, then the system turned off. Dead.
#5 Posted by CandiBunni (465 posts) -
@Tsoglani said:
" Sounds like your PS2 is dying: my PS2 refuses to play certain discs, and does not play ANY DVDs anymore.  Not to sound like a dick, but I suggest you buy a PS3. "  
 
The same happened to by big/original PS2. I've got a PS3 for PS1 games. Some of my PS2 games still work for my PS2 though.  But yea, you could get a PS3 if you have the money. Older models play PS2 games, but the slims only play PS1 games, not PS2 games. Either that, or you could get another PS2 if you're short on money.
#6 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -

I have a Ps3, It's the newer kind that doesn't have backwards compatibility sadly
  
It's not like the Ps2 is that old. I got itt around when 2007. Does anyone think it could be the lens or something. My understanding of how a ps2 workds is very limited.

#7 Posted by ChristianCastillo (1162 posts) -
@Tsoglani said:
" Sounds like your PS2 is dying: my PS2 refuses to play certain discs, and does not play ANY DVDs anymore.  Not to sound like a dick, but I suggest you buy a PS3. "
Is he going to be able to play Persona 3/ 4 on the ps3?
#8 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -
@ChristianCastillo: No the Ps3 otption would just be silly at this point. I own a ps3, just not the kind that can play ps2 games. It would be easiest to just either buy a new Ps2 or fix it some way with out having to pay anyone, I just don't know how to do that.
#9 Posted by Lego_My_Eggo (1066 posts) -

It may be the lens, but if the drive stops spinning and randomly starts back up it may be a bigger problem. Google a guide on cleaning the lens and see if that helps.

#10 Posted by ChristianCastillo (1162 posts) -
@Nottle: I suggest you do buy a new ps2, they are really cheap right now and come with some games.
#11 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2778 posts) -

It sounds like your PS2's optical drive is dying. I would also suggest buying another PS2. 
 
You could always try turning on Diagnosis Mode and see if that helps things. Turn on the PS2 without a disc in, press Triangle, go to Console, press Triangle, and set Diagnosis to ON. This might not help things but hey it's worth trying.
#12 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -
Thanks guys. I'll look around some more I didn't know about that diagnosis mode. If anyone else has suggestions I'd be glad to hear them.
#13 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -

Ok. I think i solved the problem. Stack shit on top of th ps2. I'm assuming the lid of the ps2 was a bit loose. It wasn't open or anything, but it was just enough to make the disc unable to read at times. It didn't become aparent until I happened to press down on the ps2 lid causing the disc to start reading when i was looking at the browser. What a janky solution...

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