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PS2 Cheat Code Disc Question

Sep 13 at 7:31:17 PM
Anthony33 (0)

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I had a question about the cheat code discs released for the PS2 console.  It seems to be the only console I seem to have trouble with getting the discs to load, especially Codebreaker.  They used to work all the time for me, now it's a lot more difficult for some reason.  I tried replacing my PS2, using other discs, nothing seems to consistently work.  I searched the hell out of this online on Google and Bing too.  The only thing I found was some tip about swapping out the disc after you get a regular game disc to almost load, which occasionally worked.  When I called my local retro gaming store, they mentioned something about needing a memory card for each cheat device, but I thought that only applied to the earlier model Gameshark and Codebreaker discs, possibly Action Replay.  So, anybody got any tips here?  Is there something I'm missing.  Hell, if I have to, I'd probably be willing to buy some kind of custom disc or console, if it can get the damn codes to just work again.

And yes, I know, some of you are probablty thinking "well how about not using any cheat codes", which I also do too, but I still want to have a choice, so I can sometimes play with them turned on and sometimes without.  So, any ideas?

Sep 13 at 7:52:16 PM
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Are you using fat or slim ps2? I have gameshark cd with memory card that only works in fat ones, and a pro replay disc only that works in the slim like a champ. How is the laser, any trouble with some games?

Sep 13 at 7:58:07 PM
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Fat system. Laser wasn't that good in the one I had, but just got a new one that was tested by the seller and works on all color discs.

Sep 16 at 3:30:41 PM
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All lasers wear out over time (kinda like a light bulb). Being that the fat PS2s are around 17 years old now, there's gonna be some problems with games reading.

CD discs are blue bottom, and DVD are silver bottom, but despite difference in media, weak lasers can read better on certain games and code discs than others. Example will be one of the God of War games, which I think is on a dual layer DVD... sometimes it's difficult to get those to read on a PS2 that's on it's last legs than any other single layer DVD.

Replace the laser, make sure it's the correct one from your playstations model #, and make sure the disc isn't scratched. Otherwise, it's probably best to get another PS2. Slim PS2s are a lot "younger" than fats, so the lasers might have a slight yet better chance on working, just be sure to get one that doesn't have the ribbon cables scratching discs-- which they are prone to doing. I would suggest a SCPH-9000x model since they're younger, don't scratch the discs with the ribbon cables, and have a built-in internal power supply (So you can just use a non-polarized plug rather than a power brick...)

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Edited: 09/16/2017 at 03:32 PM by BouncekDeLemos

Sep 17 at 1:38:18 AM
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A 9000 model?  Okay, will try.  What if it's a sealed, brand new PS2 that hasn't been used yet or is lighly used?  Would the model number matter then?
 

Sep 17 at 1:26:34 PM
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It shouldn't, that's just my preference on the best model PS2 IMO. If you get a 7000 series, they're okay, just know that they are sometimes prone to ribbon scratches and have an external power supply. (You can tell if the ribbon isn't right in a slim model if your discs have a ring scratch all around the disc, people mistake this as the laser scratching the disc which isn't true)

Overall, you should be good if it's lightly used. If you hear rumors that the slim models burn up since there's no fans or anything, that isn't true. I've worked in video game retail and repair for about 20 years now, and I've never had a problem with slim PS2s other than the things I mentioned. In fact, I prefer them over the fat ones simply because they have newer lasers and they take up less space.

The average lifespan with regular use of a laser can vary on manufacturer. It may last anywhere from 5-10+ years, or shorter depending on how much you use it. This is why I like how this generation's consoles (PS4 and XBONE) handles things more like how PCs used to handle stuff: Use the laser only to download the contents to the HDD/SSD, use the disc as a key, then just play them off the drive. Less wear on the laser.

If you get a gaming console, get it strictly for games. If you want to watch movies, use a separate DVD or Bluray player to help minimize wear, they should be fairly cheap by now.

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Originally posted by: dra600n

I feel bad, but, that's magic.
Sell/Trade: NA - http://goo.gl/Bi25pL... SA - http://goo.gl/qmKao... PSC - http://goo.gl/VYlKhP...
http://goo.gl/xmzKR...

 


Edited: 09/17/2017 at 01:26 PM by BouncekDeLemos

Sep 17 at 2:31:59 PM
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Oh yeah, I only use them for games.  Maybe when the PS2 first came out, I played a movie or two on it, but got a regular player shortly after that.  I have a couple of players now.  I plan on getting a multi region Blu Ray next, as some of my favorite TV shows have only been released on Region 2.

And and thanks for the tips, everyone.  I'm hoping the replacement console will help then and possibly an older model disc, which includes its own memory cards with the codes saved on them.  Also got some kind of memory card with some codes on there called a Mcboot.  Only downside is it erased all my previous games saves when it formatted but on the up side, it was a new card with only a few games on it with most of my saves on an older 8 MB card.  This was a 128 MB card I got from Amazon.


Edited: 09/17/2017 at 02:34 PM by Anthony33