PlayStation 2 System

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • PS One games on PlayStation2 memory card

    The PlayStation 2 will not recognize a PlayStation 2 memory card when a PS One game is being played. However, you can use a PlayStation 2 memory card to store any PS One game, freeing up more space for other PS One games. Simply use the PlayStation 2's internal memory manager to transfer all your PS One saves from a PS One memory card to a PlayStation 2 memory card. When you need to play from a saved PS One game, just transfer the file back to a PS One memory card.

  • Memory card character actions

    This trick can be done with certain PlayStation 2 games. Go into the Browser screen and select the memory card. Then, choose a game and select "Delete"; but do not delete the saved game. The character should do a different action then when you first entered the memory card screen. For example, with an Onimusha save game, choose that save and select "Delete" when prompted. The system should ask you to confirm the deletion, but at the same time the character should be doing a different action than the first time.

  • Free up memory cards

    This trick requires the Official Sony PlayStation HDD. Select your PlayStation or PlayStation 2 memory card at the browser screen. Under "Copy" you should see the HDD. Select it, and copy. You now have more space on your card. You can also copy it back from the HDD using the same process. You can also make folders in the HDD and then copy the saves to them to keep it more organized.

  • Cleaning

    Buy a can of electronics duster to clean the interior of the PlayStation 2 easily and effectively while it is on or off. Note: Cleaning the fan in the back of the PlayStation 2 must be done while it is off to ensure that there is no damage from the fan being spun the wrong way while in motion.

  • Internet play for less

    To have Internet play with spending less money, buy a USB to ethernet adapter if you have a Cable or DSL modem. Directly connect it to either one of these, or if you have a router, connect it through there. The back of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, and other online games, will give you further instructions.

  • Turn off parental lock

    Insert a DVD. When the movie starts, press Select to go to the menu. Find the "Setup" icon and select it. When in the setup menu, press Right(2) to get to the custom setup. Go down to "Parental Control" and press Right to go to "Region", then go down to go to "Level". You can now turn the parental control on or off, and/or change the password.

  • Change or delete parental lock

    Press Start when prompted to enter the code. Once you get to where you enter the numbers, press Start and you will be asked if you want to delete it. You can also enter another code instead of deleting it. The master code is 7444. Enter it, and at the last "4", press Select at the same time. Do this again, and you will eventually get the option to delete the lock. Enter 7444 again to delete the code.

  • Quick start

    Instead of pressing Restart to start the PlayStation 2, press Eject. It should go through the flying in introduction a lot faster than normal. Note: You need to do this immediately after you turn on the main power from the back.

  • Cubes

    The amount of space used in memory card one will determine the number of cubes seen when the PlayStation 2 is turned on.

  • Pink flying squares

    Insert a blank CD-R to see pink squares flying around.

  • Disable controller's analog feature

    When turning the system and the PlayStation 2 logo appears, tap Analog rapidly until the main menu of your game appears. If done correctly, the analog feature will be off and cannot be used until button is tapped again. Note: This does not work on some games, such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

  • In-game reset

    While playing most games, press Start + Select + R1 + R2 + L1 + L2 to return to the game's main menu.

  • Bypass DVD regional lockout (Japanese version)

    Note: This trick requires an original non-analog PlayStation controller and a PlayStation 2 console with the launch version DVD utility software and memory card package. Plug the controller into port one. Place a DVD disc in the system and hold Up until the DVD player menu appears. Release Up, and select the play icon. Alternately, hold L1 + Select + Circle buttons while the PlayStation 2 console is turned on. Insert the DVD disc and play.


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