If you've just connected your PS2 and are ready to play, you won't be too happy if, for some reason, it won't launch. But fear not, with our instructions you can easily get it up and running.
Step 1. Find out what the problem is
Without figuring out the problem, how do you know what to fix? If you are not sure what you have identified the source of the problem, try to find out. This will save you a lot of time. However, if you are not sure how to determine the source of the problem, try the methods below.
Method 1 of 4: If your console won't turn on
Step 1. Make sure the cables are properly connected
Make sure the cables are properly connected to the correct slots. Also make sure the cables are firmly inserted. Sometimes, when the cable is not properly inserted, the console will not work. Test all cables by firmly inserting each cable into its slot. If one of them was loosely inserted, this may be the problem you are looking for.
Step 2. Make sure the cables are not broken
If the cable appears to be bent or frayed, it can be broken internally. Until you can be sure of this, look outside for problems. Cracked or damaged insulation can be evidence of a broken cable. A vein sticking out from the inside is also an indicator of breakdown.
Step 3. Make sure the power button is on
This button is located on the back of the console. The console will not function without power. Make sure the button is in the On position. If it was turned off, this could be a problem. Better to check everything, just in case.
Step 4. Try to turn on the console
Hopefully the cables have been loosely inserted or the power button has been turned off. If your console still doesn't work, try unplugging and reinserting all cables. If reconnecting does not give results, most likely the set-top box is now useless. Try to get rid of it or buy a new one. You can also sell it for parts.
Method 2 of 4: If the controllers don't work
Step 1. Make sure the cables are connected correctly
They must be connected correctly. Make sure the controller is plugged into slot 1. Also, try jerking it slightly. It may not work due to a loose cable. Make sure this is not the case before proceeding.
Step 2. Make sure the cables are not broken
If the cable appears to be bent or damaged, it could be broken internally. Until you can be sure of this, look outside for problems. Cracked or damaged insulation may be evidence of a broken cable. The most vulnerable to breaking is the section of the cable at the entrance to the controller.
Step 3. Make sure the slots are not clogged with dirt
Dirt and dust can easily enter the controller slots. This can interfere with signal transmission to the set-top box. To get rid of this problem, gently wipe the slots with a cloth-wrapped finger. Also clean the pins of the controller cable. They can also be covered in dirt or dust.
Method 3 of 4: If the game won't launch
Step 1. Clean the disc
The disc may have stains that prevent the console from reading it. It may also have fingerprints and dirt on it. Cleaning the disc can save it from wear and tear or being thrown into the trash. Try to keep discs in cases to avoid contamination. And yes, don't touch the mirror surface with your fingers!
Step 2. Try a different game
This will help determine what the problem is. If another game works, as opposed to the problematic one, then you will understand that the problem is in a specific disc. If both games don't work, the console is most likely damaged. This is more frustrating than having the problem with the disk, as it means the console will no longer be usable.
Step 3. Use a cleaning disc
These discs are not hard to find. Their task is to clean the small sensor that reads discs. Just insert the disc into the box and let it spin. They usually work no more than half an hour, but if it takes longer, do not interrupt work. After using the cleaning disc, try starting the game. If the game still does not work, then something is wrong with the console, and not just with the sensor.
Method 4 of 4: If the disc tray does not open
Step 1. Restart the system
The drive may only be stuck this time. Turn off your console before attempting to open the drive. Wait about ten seconds for the console to cool down. Then start it again. Wait for it to fully load before pressing the drive open button. When the console boots up, try opening the floppy drive again. If opened, great! And if it still gets stuck, try the methods below.
Step 2. Move it gently with your finger
If the drive is stuck on one side and cannot be opened, gently pry it up with your finger on the opposite side. You can try to help him move out with two fingers. Hopefully this will help and you will be able to get your hands on the game disc. If you can't pick up the drive with your finger, try a tool. However, this may void your warranty. When you can open the drive, remove the game disc, but do not insert it again. It may not be possible to pull it out next time.
Step 3. Open your console
If you hear that something is blocking the drive from the inside, open the console and remove the drive. If there is no disc inside, but you are good with consoles, try fixing it yourself. You may need to replace any parts, such as the drive itself. Do not forget that opening the console will void your warranty.
Step 4. End
- If all else fails, seek out a professional.
- Take care of your console to prolong its life.