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Old 05-14-2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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How to clean/adjust your PS2 lens/what is inside a PS2.

Thanks to pointless rules over how many images can be included within posts, I'll have to spread this over several posts.

I was bored and decided to give my PS2 a good clean before I try something with it tomorrow, I know some of you get disk read errors with your Playstation 2 consoles after you've had them for a couple of years, this thread might help you fix these without running out to spend another 100/$130/€120 (or whatever it is now) on a brand new PS2. I believe Xboxs also suffer from errors reading disks so this walkthrough could apply to Xbox players too, although obviously with some adaptation.

I also went a bit further and dismantled it completely to give you a look at what's inside.

Remember there are different versions of PS2 so things inside your machine may not look exactly the same as they do in mines, although they should be similar, I've taken parts from various tutorials on the web to make up this walkthrough and I'll also mention that there was nothing wrong with my PS2 to start with, it's just here to show you boys and girls what to do. :P

Firstly: Opening your PS2 up and messing around with it voids the warranty, so if you mess it up Sony aren't going to send you another one free of charge, having said that by the time disk read errors start to occur the warranty has usually run out a long time ago (and if it isn't working anyway, why not try it?).

Things you will need/find useful:
  • A cross head screwdriver.
  • A smaller cross head screwdriver.
  • Can of compressed air (for blowing dust away, you can blow the dust away with your breath/a small paintbrush)
  • A felt pen (fine tipped) or a sharp pencil.
  • A game disk/DVD that you know works.
  • A brain, to remember which screws go where.


First, flip her over and pull off the small square 'feet', four are rubber, the other four are plastic, just pull them with your fingers and they should come off easily to expose the screws beneath.

[URL=http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000730ie.jpg][/url]

There will be 8 screws in total, four large ones and four smaller ones, put them somewhere safe.

Now, carefully lift then top cover off, there will be a shiny silver coated wire leading to the Reset/Tray Open buttons, don't break it.

You'll see the disk drive on the left (see picture) and the heat sinks to the right, with the power supply switch and
fan to the bottom right.

[URL=http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000747ts.jpg][/url]

Take your small screwdriver and undo the four screws holding the disk tray cover.

[URL=http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000757xe.jpg][/url]

Remove any dust and any other crap you see, moving parts don't like dust.

[URL=http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000766bp.jpg][/url]

Give me a minute to post the rest of this before anyone starts posting please.

EDIT:- Okay, done.

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Old 05-14-2006, 10:05 PM   #2
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Now, you can turn the PS2 on and eject the disk tray, but I went the hard way and removed the disk tray completely, there are a couple of screws to undo then you can slide it out (I recommend turning it on and opening the tray, then turning it off so the tray stays open). Once you've done that you'll see something like this.

[URL=http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000736ma.jpg][/url]

I've circled the small white wheel that governs the lens trays height, that's what you're going to be adjusting.

Whilst you're messing around, if the lens itself is covered in dust, you can give it a clean with a Q-tip dabbed in a small amount of rubbing alcohol, don't use your finger otherwise you'll get grease from your skin on the lens which can damage it, causing more trouble for you. :P

Now, onto this wheel...

There should be a metal plate with part of it between the teeth of the cog, take your felt pen or pencil and mark where the metal meets the cog, you can use this as a reference point when you adjust the lens height.

I've marked mines with a pencil but it's hard to see in this picture since my camera has difficulty focusing on small things.

[URL=http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000752ze.jpg][/url]

Adjust the cog anti-clockwise or clockwise, you'll see the lens tray moving up or down, it's really a process of trial and error since you can't know what height the tray should be at.

Once you've adjusted it a little (it's best to adjust a little, test, then adjust a little more if it doesn't work) grab a game/DVD and put it in the tray. If you take the disk tray cover that you removed earlier, you'll see a small white disk, if you're careful you can take this out of the black tray cover and place it on top of your game before you turn the console on, it has a small magnet in it so that it grips the disk whilst it spins, so it doesn't fly off.

[URL=http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000762xl.jpg][/url]

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Or you can take the entire disk cover and place it over the disk then turn it on.

[URL=http://img479.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000786pg.jpg][/url]

Check to see whether the game/DVD video plays properly, if you still get a disk read error, turn the console off, remove the disk and adjust the white cog a little more, continue to do this until you get the game to work, if you get it working pat yourself on the back, if not, well I'm sure there are other things you can try. :P Mess around with it and see what you can do.

Put it all back together and play some games.

Here's some extra stuff I thought I'd add in for those of you interested in what is inside the PS2.

My PS2 completely dismantled, showing the motherboard and internal components.

[URL=http://img53.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000770tb.jpg][/url]

Here we can see the CPU (aka Emotion Engine) as the large grey block in the middle, the GPU (aka Graphics Synthesizer) to the immediate right, above the CPU are a couple of blocks of RAM - all this is covered by a big heat sink, before I put it back I smeared some new thermal grease over them to ensure they stayed cool.

[URL=http://img53.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000787iv.jpg][/url]

Here's the power supply unit, separate from the motherboard with the on/off switch attached.

[URL=http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000799ni.jpg][/url]
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Old 05-14-2006, 10:06 PM   #4
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I ended up taking the entire disk tray assembly off, including all the various buses, some were tough to refit.

[URL=http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000849rk.jpg][/url]

Back in one piece. ^_^

[URL=http://img53.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000726sf.jpg][/url]

And working... (of course )

[URL=http://img53.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000737mn.jpg][/url]
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Old 05-14-2006, 10:07 PM   #5
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And for my next project... :grin:

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If it works I shall make another thread explaining how to save your PS2 games onto a hard drive so you don't need to carry your disks around with you, it will also mean much faster loading times. ^_^
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Old 05-14-2006, 10:09 PM   #7
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Old 05-14-2006, 10:11 PM   #8
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