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Noisy PS2

Discussion in 'Playstation Forums' started by murray horne, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. murray horne

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    Just got a PS2 for Xmas, Why so loud???

    Is it dicky?, Playing the getaway, it's just so so noisy.

    Any tricks, is it just the fan or can some discs be too large, I've got it vertical, does this matter?:confused:
     
  2. Dom H

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    with cd based games on the ps2 they are very noisy, with dvd roms they are quiet
     
  3. gizlaroc

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    I got a version 7 in december to replace an early one and it is far louder than my early one.

    dont know why though, and it doesnt help you, sorry ;)
     
  4. backtothefuture

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    why did you get a version 7 ? any difference ?
     
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    absolutely no difference at all as an end user, slightly different motherboard layout, probably to reduce manufacturing costs.
     
  6. backtothefuture

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    so why did you replace the earlier one ? ..sorry don't mean to pry but am about to buy a v7 and just am curious about PS2s .

    :D
     
  7. gizlaroc

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    beacause the laser was on its last legs, no other reason, just started to have trouble reading discs.
     
  8. backtothefuture

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    that seems to be an issue with PS2s . New lasers cost £45... how long did your PS2 last ? :(

    also did you play any backups on it or only originals?
     
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    first one lasted about 18 months at the most, then died, jap 1000 model.

    second one lasted till about 2 months ago, they really are crap for build quality.

    played back ups more on the original because it couldnt boot US or Pal originals, but mainly played originals on the last one.
     
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    I've got an original PAL launch machine and while it's seen good use it's running abolutely fine.

    The blue discs are CD Roms (as are the PSone black discs) and the silver discs are DVD Roms. If your machine is horizontal, you may get a lot of noise from certain blue discs. Silver discs are usually quiet. Standing the machine vertically helps a lot.

    The PS2 really hates dust, so buying a DVD cleaning disc is a must. You may see disc read errors when reading any type of CD Roms, but DVDs seem to escape the problem.

    Dunedin397
     
  11. backtothefuture

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    i c :)

    anyone know what 'magicgate' is ? the new 8mb memory card for ps2s is supposed to have magicgate technology

    what does that mean ?
     
  12. Dunedin397

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    "MagicGate" is Sony's technology of writing to memory cards. It took a long while for 3rd party cards to appear.

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    so , the point being to delay launch of third party memory cards?
     
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    I'm not entirely sure of the strategy with MagicGate, but I believe the technology is used with Sony's memory sticks as well.

    It did take a while for 3rd party memory cards to appear & the early cards were merely "doublers", where the Sony card slotted inside to give 16mb of storage.

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    some people say its to do with encryption of saved games sp they cant be played on another machine...though that sounds a bit unfair to me :confused:


    also wrt to the PS2 noise, does it bother you when playing games/watching movie ...not that loud is it ? :eek:
     
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    Sorry if I'm missing something....but I thought the noise was to do with the fan inside the machine.
     
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    i think it's possibly a combination of the fan and CD spin speed
     
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    I've got my UK machine sitting vertically. The fan isn't exactly quiet, but discs are far less noisy than they are when the machine is horizontal.

    I'm not why some blue CD Roms can be so noisy when others are very quiet.

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    Is it not possible to mod/replace the fan to make it quieter. A good Papst would help, no?
     
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    FWIW I wanted to do this and took the PS2 apart - the fan is bloody loud - even the GC is quieter - I hardly hear the DVD spin at all. The PS2 circuits are all daughter-boards bolted together onto the motherboard (80's style PCB too - good for Vice city!) but where the fan wires are soldered on you can't get between the PCB sandwich (on my version anyway v4 IIRC).

    You could simply cut the wires and put in a resistor or replace the fan altogether - didn't measure it though. Due to the old circuits and hotish exhaust I thought it best to live with the noise and not melt anything. Very hard to get a really quiet fan of that size without speed control.

    Only bugs me playing late at low vol but now I've dug up an old set of senn wireless heads and that'll do the job nicely for those extended sessions.
     

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