Disc Read Errors / No Data Errors
Disc read errors are caused by a laser that is not properly reading discs. It could be dirty or it could need to be replaced. The reason for disc read errors could also be a worn out laser gear, which you can hear, or a motherboard or mod related problem.Dirty Laser.
A dirty laser can cause disc read errors. If you live in a smoking household or the PS2 is kept in a dusty room, a buildup can form on the laser causing your disc read errors. If you are comfortable opening your Playstation 2, you can try cleaning the laser CAREFULLY with a qtip and some rubbing alcohol. Dampen the swab in the alcohol [make sure it's not too wet] and gently clean the laser in a circular motion. Use the dry side of the swab to then dry the laser off in the same motion. Try loading up your games again and see what happens. If you do not feel comfortable opening your PS2, click the link below for a repair estimate. If your laser only requires a cleaning, the cost of repair is 24.95 which includes cleaning and shipping of the unit back to you. You can also try purchasing a wet lens cleaner which we sell for 9.95. We also offer a DIY Troubleshoot & Repair guide for 13.95. It includes video.Worn out laser gear.
Most common model to have this problem is a SCPH-39001. Second is a SCPH-50001. If you hear a clicking or grinding type noise when you hit eject on your drive, or while a game is playing, chances are your laser gear is either worn out or just dirty. If you feel comfortable opening your unit, the laser gear is in the picture below CIRCLED IN GREEN. Try removing it and cleaning it. If that does not work, I sell laser gears for 9.95 which include shipping. You can click below to buy one. If you are not comfortable with opening your system, click below to purchase a DIY repair guide which includes video or click below to fill out a repair estimate form. Laser gear replacements are $39.95 which include the part, installation, and return shipping of the unit back to you.Failing or failed laser
can be the cause of your disc read error. You have two choices with this one. You can purchase a laser below and if you feel up to doing it yourself, install it yourself or you can CLICK HERE to fill out a repair estimate form.
BRAND NEW laser installations run $69.95 which include a brand NEW laser, installation, testing, return shipping, and a 90 day warranty on your laser repair. We have received many consoles to repair where customers thought they could replace the laser themselves and ended up ruining something else. If you don't want to send your console out, I would strongly suggest picking up the DIY Troubleshoot & Repair CD guide below. There is video and picture tutorials on replacing a laser.