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Anybody good with replacing PS2 slim laser?

Discussion in 'PS2 - Hardware boot discussion' started by dregus07, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. dregus07

    dregus07 Guest

    I've got a PS2 slim that has a worn out laser. I already bought the replacement laser but Ive read that I have to de-solder a small metal blob from the left side in order for it to work. Has anybody done this before or know anybody who is competent with this stuff? I'm trying to find someone who can oversee the process so I don't inadvertently ruin my laser assembly. Id pay you for your time. Any info appreciated.
     
  2. smokyrain

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    Its not hard to do if you or someone you know has a soldering iron and desoldering wick

    Depending upon which laser you got , the pictures below show where to desolder

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    An older laser on a FAT showing the blob of solder and then removed

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  3. nicevibe

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    So many people waste money on replacement lasers (not saying you did). More often than not, if a laser still reads even a little, it can be repaired far more easily than replaced. Its only a matter of making sure the parallel adjustment between the laser assembly and disc is right (small white cog behind laser assembly controls this, and can be manually turned). And a matter of clearing the fog off the laser lens. I've done this with a Dremel, a clean/new buffing wheel, and some of the Dremel polishing compound. Makes a v4 that cant read anything work like its brand new. As long as the laser is not physically damaged, or broken all together, there is really no point in replacing it. It's wasted time and money. If you don't have access to a Dremel with a clean buffing wheel, a $1.99 pack of micro-fiber cloths (not the big ones that look like rags), and a little polish will work just the same when combined with a little elbow grease.

    Getting back on the topic, as long as you have a good suction pump (i prefer small spring activated), removing solder is easy as pie. It only takes a second to go from solder to mercury-looking blob, and in that instant you bring in your pump while moving your tip (like working the clutch and gas in a manual transmition car). Push the button on the pump and that blob will dissapear before you even get a chance to fry your components. When I first learned this techique I had more trouble melting the tip of my pump than burning circuit boards. Which really wasn't a big deal.
     
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    The small white cog is only on the FAT PS2 and will help the laser last a little longer.
    Same as cleaning the laser.

    Once can also adjust the POTS on the laser to make it last a bit longer.

    But I have still had to replace laser eventually on older PS2.

    Now the slim laser is not as expensive as the FAT PS2 laser to replace and I have done this also.

    Its fine if you can make it last, but when that no longer works, then you have to replace it.
     
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    Yeah silly me, I didn't realize that dregus was running slim until I was on my next post (that's what a full night of message boards will do to you). I've personally never had to change a laser. Never come across one that I couldn't make good as new. If I ever have to, I have so many PS2 (fat and slim) parts, that I wont need to worry about replacement costs. But I agree with what you say, when it's shot... it's shot.

    EDIT: Also, about 9 times out of 10 when a friend or family member tells me their PS2 wont read discs, an adjustment to that white cog, and a quick clean of the lens fixes the problem.
     
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