Anyone know how hard this is to do on a PS2?
For anyone that is interested, I have a PS2 that keeps giving me a "Disc Read Error" when I try to load anything DVD related. CD's play fine and so do CD based games. After diagnosing it and reading through the tutorials, cleaning it out, taking it apart and resetting the laser home point, I still have the same exact problem.
So how hard is it to replace a laser?
just get a PS3 through a freebie site lol
Gee thanks for clearing that up roll
What do you need, 12 refs for one of those?
I'll just do that, at this rate, I'll have my PS3 by early 2012
Trav, go to gamestop, you can get a used ps2 for less than $50.. Going through with these hardware problems is not worth the time, not unless if you enjoy doing it and actually know what you're doing...
[quote8210977ec7="puppeteer"]Trav, go to gamestop, you can get a used ps2 for less than $50.. Going through with these hardware problems is not worth the time, not unless if you enjoy doing it and actually know what you're doing...[/quote8210977ec7]
I concur. Unless you just enjoy tinkering and learning how things work, there is no financial incentive to be had with trying to repair a laser pickup on a $50 console. Even if you had a supply of free replacement parts on hand, I'm virtually certain that without proper gear and calibration know-how, you won't be able to reliably install a new laser. Unless the laser is just a component of a larger, bolt-on assembly that is pre-set and calibrated. But you'd still need the part, and it will probably cost you more than $50 if you have to buy it.
I was going to say he should buy a refurb too, but figured he might say I wasn't helping either. I think a laser is like $10-20 off ebay but unless you've done the laser replacement before, you're better off just spending $60-80 on a refurb (can you really get it for $50?). Sell the one with the DRE on ebay and you'll be getting another used ps2 for the price of the laser.
If you buy an old style PS2, you can add a hard drive to it easily and just upload your ps2 games on to it to save the wear on the laser.