I've had my PS-2 for years and it seems to be heading toward dead on me.
It's the SCPH-30001 model (the fat console). Browser and CD player are both V1.20. PS Driver is V1.10. DVD player is V1.30U.
I'm getting disc read errors on all DVD games. My main concern is with the silver DVDs (that's what Madden is, the only game I really play). I have not tested CDs, but if for some reason it helps the troubleshooting process, I can.
I've disassembled the unit, cleaned everything. I've (carefully) cleaned the laser in the past and recently. Previously, cleaning the laser and adjusting the height gave me a working PS2 for a few months. I tried repeating the process after games started lagging, freezing and failing to load. Before the most recent adjustment, I could not get games to load at all.
After cleaning/adjusting, I can *sometimes* get Madden '07 to load to the initial "loading" screen (with Alexander holding the ball against the white-ish background, before the game scans the memory card). I never get past that stage and you can hear the drive continue to cycle to no end.
I'm not sure what else I can try. I've done some searching, but haven't found too many reliable websites that can offer more help than cleaning/adjusting the laser and removing dust.
-Any suggestions to repair my current unit?
-If I'm forced to buy a new one, which version/model is the most reliable way to go?
-Is it even worth the risk of buying used in the interest of paying near half price (even if it's from a retailer that offers exchange on defective items)?