Suggestions for a problem with my ps2.

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#1 Posted by Nottle (1933 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?

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#2 Posted by Tsoglani (595 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.

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#3 Posted by Yummylee (24646 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.

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#4 Posted by NTM (9666 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.
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#6 Posted by Nottle (1933 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.

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#7 Posted by ChristianCastillo (1186 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?
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#8 Posted by Nottle (1933 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.
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#9 Posted by Lego_My_Eggo (1194 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.

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#10 Posted by ChristianCastillo (1186 posts) -
@Nottle: I suggest you do buy a new ps2, they are really cheap right now and come with some games.
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#11 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2824 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.
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#12 Posted by Nottle (1933 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.
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#13 Posted by Nottle (1933 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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