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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dome Vongvises, Mar 30, 2002.
Does anybody have any clue why the Playstation 2 has so many problems regarding DVD playback?
Which ones are you having a problem with? If I have them I will try them on mine. I haven't had a problem playing any on my PS2, though I don't use it for DVD's that often.
When you say problems, do you mean incompatible discs, or just the fact that it looks like over compressed VideoCD?
Lawrence of Arabia
- couldn't even start the movie part. Had to get creative and fast foward right at the point where the music begins
- Had to fast foward through the layer change just so it won't freeze up
I was also curious because I have a Sony DVD player (not sure of model) that will play some slightly scratched up discs, but my PS2 won't even play them at all, and it will just freeze up. I was also suspecting hardware problems when I had to return two copies of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
I don't have any of the DVD's you listed. I looked at your DVD list and I do have some of those if you would like me to try any on mine to see if there is just something wrong with your PS2. I have Toy Story, Matrix,Titanic, Something About Mary,Sixth Sense, Shrek,Saving Ryan,Fight Club,CTHD,Das Boot, Austin Powers. Let me know if you want me to check any of these.
The new DVD driver update disc that comes with the official Sony PS2 remote should fix the incompatibility problems, but the video will still look like shiet.
Even though the ps2 DVD playpack doesn't look that great. I would not compare it to VCD. It is far better than VCD. The driver disk should fix your problem though!!
My PS2 refuses to play 2 of my DVDs. They are:
Clerks (Animated Series) Disc One (disc two plays fine)
The Rock (Criterion) Disc One (disc two plays fine)
Interesting, because a year ago, the first Clerks disc played just fine on my PS2.
Eventually I will actually break down and get a 'real' player so I can watch these discs again. The PS2 has a difficult time displaying pure blacks... dark areas look somewhat muddy and indistinct, more so than on other DVD players I have seen.
Despite these problems, however, I have found the PS2 to be a more than adequate player which has paid for itself a thousand times over since I bought it.
I suppose 'VideoCD' is being a bit harsh (although even more annoying is the fact that it won't play home-made VCDs at all, so thats watching Buffy on the small TV out), but I was _really_ disappointed with it.
I was having some problems with certain disks as well: Die Hard: 5 Star Edition, Heat, Something About Mary: SE, as well as SSX.
I popped in Saving Private Ryan in today and got a disk read error, got pissed off and popped in my ancient CD lens cleaner, for shits and giggles.
To my surprise, all of those disks worked afterwords! I was just going to wait on a new DVD player before I watched Heat and Something About Mary, but it was like getting 2 new DVDs tonight =).
This is a first-generation PS2 as well, purchased on launch day.
You may want to invest in a lens cleaner and see if that very cheap solution is the answer to your problems.