I like how the PS2 DRE is now being made out to not be as big of a problem as it was by some Sony fans. I'm on my 4th PS2. All three times it was replaced were due to DRE.
Its not like the console is broken, it usually just needs cleaning if it is having DRE. I used the same cleaner that fixed both of My PS2's DRE problems on our DVD player in the living room because it was not playing things back very well, and guess what? It worked much better after that. Optical disc drives get too dirty to work sometimes and they need to be cleaned. I will say it seems to happen a little bit more frequently with the PS2 than with other electronics, but it is easily fixable yourself. It isn't something that HAS to be shipped to the manufacturer to fix.
Order this for $12 and anytime you have problems with a DVD optical drive reading discs or specifically with the PS2 it will fix it over 95% of the time.
We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…Also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. –Raoul Duke
It is hard to shed anything but crocodile tears over White House speechwriter Patrick Buchanan's tragic analysis of the Nixon debacle. "It's like Sisyphus," he said. "We rolled the rock all the way up the mountain...and it rolled right back down on us...." Neither Sisyphus nor the commander of the Light Brigade nor Pat Buchanan had the time or any real inclination to question what they were doing...a martyr, to the bitter end, to a "flawed" cause and a narrow, atavistic concept of conservative politics that has done more damage to itself and the country in less than six years than its liberal enemies could have done in two or three decades. -Hunter S. Thompson