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PS2 disk tray stuck in open position (original 'fat' version)

slugbug 1,379 568 September 7, 2015 at 09:28 AM
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We are having issues with a PS2 game system that we just bought. It seemed to work fine at first, (my oldest son played a game on it last night) but soon the disk tray got stuck in the open position.

We watched numerous videos on Youtube on how to open up the system and clean it. We were able to open up the CD/DVD drive part and examine everything closely. As far as we can see, there are no stripped gears or broken plastic parts. Everything there seems to be working smoothly - just not at the right time.

The issue seems to be that the raising and lowering of the spindle platter is not synchronized properly to the insertion of the disk tray. It looks like the spindle platter is supposed to be down and out of the way until the disk tray is almost all the way in. Then the spindle platter is supposed to come up and hold the disk right as the disk tray closes all the way. Instead, the spindle platter comes up when the disk tray is about 1/3 of the way inserted, and the disk tray actually hits it, keeping the disk tray from ever closing like it should. As is, there is no way he would ever be able to play a game on it.

Do any of you have experience with adjusting the raising and lowering of the spindle platter to put it back into synchronicity with the disk tray? Thanks for any suggestions.

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I assume the system was opened(aka no warranty seal along the back of the console near the power switch) when you bought it?

If so, I'd warn you to check your discs thoroughly before and after using them in that system since if the spindle was raised then I imagine the laser was as well. I had a fat PS2 I got for $10 from a independent game store and it damaged several discs of mine before they put the laser back to factory specs.

Sorry. I know this doesn't answer your question. Just something else to look out for should you get the spindle/tray issue resolved.

The best answer I could give you for your issue is to just keep experimenting with the settings till you find one that works. But even then as I said just use poor condition discs in it in case the laser assembly is scratching up games due to being too high. At least that way then you don't ruin any games you care about.
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>I assume the system was opened(aka no warranty seal along the back of the console near >the power switch) when you bought it?

Nope, the sticker was still on there - we had to slice it off in order to open up the case.
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Interesting. I wonder if the system was perhaps jarred while someone was opening/closing it. Have you tried resetting the tray itself? That may be what's actually out of alignment rather than the spindle.
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