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What Causes the Black or Blue Screen for PS2?

By Charlotte Kirkwood ; Updated September 15, 2017

For gamers, one of the most frustrating events is an error screen on their console. In a PlayStation 2, or PS2, the errors can manifest as a black or blue screen. These screens can come from a handful of problems that range from the easy to fix to the permanent damage.

Settings

If the PS2 is not properly plugged in, it can cause a blank or blue screens. Check to make sure the audio/visual cables are plugged into the proper spots. Also check the settings on the television; if the TV is set on the wrong input channel, it can cause a blue screen.

Clean the Lens

Dust or debris in the PS2 inner workings, especially around the lens, can cause issues with the PS2, including the black screen. Use a compressed air can to blow into the openings in the case of the machine. If the machine’s warranty has expired, you can open the case and clean out the insides with a compressed air can or use tweezers to remove larger debris. Be careful doing this, as you can damage important components of the machine.

Adjusting the Lens

The position of the lens inside the PS2 can make a difference in how the device works, including producing black screens. If the lens is too high or too low, it may not be able to read the information on the disk. The lens can be adjusted by turning a white, toothed dial inside the machine to lower or raise the position.

Failed Modification

Some PS2 enthusiasts enjoy modifying the machine to give the machine the ability to play imported or bootlegged games. If the modification is performed improperly, it can cause a black screen. Undoing the modification can fix the issue, but if a component of the console was damaged during the modification process, it might be permanently broken.

Worn-Out Parts

The parts on a PS2 will eventually wear out and break. If the laser burns out or the lens breaks, a professional may be required to repair the damage. This can be a costly repair, and in some cases, it may be more cost effective to simply replace the PS2. If the device is less than 30 days old, it is still under warranty and Sony will fix it for free. Attempting to repair the device yourself by opening the case can void the warranty.

About the Author

A professional writer since 2008, Charlotte Kirkwood’s articles have appeared on Pop Syndicate, Ani.me, CollectionDX and other websites. She enjoys writing about travel, films, literature, beauty, homemaking, pop culture and anime. Kirkwood's previous jobs include makeup artist and book seller. She studied English and art history at Southwest State University.