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[PlayStation®2 system] Updated 01/17/2014

If you are experiencing issues with a Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2) on the PlayStation 2 system, try these troubleshooting options:

Top If You Cannot Save Data on a Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2)

If You Cannot Save Data on a Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2)

  • Make sure you are saving a PlayStation 2 software title to the Memory Card (8MB) for PlayStation 2.

  • Confirm that you are using an officially licensed PlayStation  memory card by looking for the official PlayStation logo. SCEA cannot guarantee the reliable performance of unlicensed memory cards.
    Note: In the past, 8MB memory cards were manufactured for use with PlayStation 2 by other companies. As long as cards contain the official PlayStation  logo, they are licensed products approved for use.

  • Be sure the memory card is inserted securely into the Memory Card slot on the console.

  • Follow the proper save procedures for the specific game you are trying to save. Refer to the manual for the software title for saving instructions if needed.

  • Check to see if there is sufficient space on your Memory Card to store your data.

  • If possible, test the Memory Card on another PlayStation 2 by inserting the card to see if it functions properly:
    • If the card does not function properly, it might need to be replaced.
    • If the card does function properly, the system might need service (see below for service information).
Top Corrupt Files

Corrupt Files

Some corrupted save files can be deleted on the first try, while others cannot. You might need to try to delete a corrupted save file multiple times before it is deleted from your Memory Card. However, it is possible that some corrupted files cannot be deleted at all.

Top Reasons for Corrupt Files

Reasons for Corrupt Files

  • Issues while saving or loading a file from your memory card
    If a memory card is removed while the PlayStation 2 console is trying to access information, this can cause a file to be corrupted. This can also happen if the power is turned off while the PlayStation 2 console is trying to access information on a memory card.

  • An unlicensed memory card
    Please check to make sure you are using a LICENSED memory card. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) recommends only using products that are endorsed and licensed by SCEA. If the product has the PlayStation "PS" logo (similar to the one on the disc tray of the PlayStation 2 console), then it is licensed by SCEA. We recommend you use the following memory cards:
    • Sony Model #: SCPH-1020 (will save PlayStation format software ONLY).
    • Sony Model #: SCPH-10020 (will save PlayStation2 format software ONLY).
    • Sony Model#: SCPH-10410 (will save PlayStation 2 format software ONLY)
    • Mad Catz 8MB memory card (for PlayStation 2) (please make sure it has the "PS" logo) - saves same data as SCPH-10020.
    • NYKO 8MB memory card (for PlayStation 2) (please make sure it has the "PS" logo) - saves same data as SCPH-10020.

      If the memory card you are using is neither made by SCEA nor licensed by SCEA for use on the PlayStation 2 console, we would recommend you do not use that product. It has not been tested to perform properly for use on the PlayStation 2 console and, accordingly, SCEA does not recommend its use.

      Products that fail to meet or exceed SCEA's strict quality standards could cause damage to your PlayStation 2 console immediately or with prolonged use. SCEA is not responsible for damages caused by untested, unlicensed products and any, otherwise applicable, warranties on SCEA products are void. It is the responsibility of that company that made your peripheral to accommodate you should its product cause damage to an SCEA product.

  • Saving a game while using a cheat code
    There have been some cases of files being corrupted because a game was saved while using a cheat code. If the title you are playing keeps all of your saves in one file, save files that have cheat codes should be kept on a separate memory card. This could reduce the risk of losing a save file that did not have any cheat codes.

  • Issue with the disc
    If you experience this issue with the same title multiple times, you may want to contact the publisher of that title for more information. If the title is not published by SCEA, you will need to contact the Third Party publisher directly.
Top Deleting Files

Deleting Files

  1. Insert the Memory Card into your PS2.

  2. Turn the power "ON" and make sure there is no disc in the console.

  3. Select the "Browser" option from the Main Menu and press X.

  4. Select the icon for the Memory Card you wish to delete your files from.

  5. You should now be able to see what files you have on the Memory Card. Highlight the appropriate file and select the "Delete" command. Please use the D-Pad on your controller to scroll through the various files.

Top Check Your Environment

Check Your Environment

Make sure to keep the PlayStation 2 system away from excessive dust, smoke, steam, extreme temperatures, humidity, or direct sunlight. Full details on Safety Precautions and Use and Handling can be found in the PlayStation 2 Instruction Manual (30000-50000 series, 70000-90000 series).


Top For Problems With Memory Card Slots

For Problems With Memory Card Slots

If you are experiencing problems with a port when using a Memory Card on a PlayStation 2, try these troubleshooting options:

  • Try loading a different disc to see if the problem continues.

  • Try a different memory card to see if the problem continues.

  • Make sure there are no obstructions in the memory card ports (i.e., lint, debris, etc.).

  • Make sure the memory card is plugged into the memory card port completely.

  • Make sure all of the memory cards (or any other peripheral) you own are licensed1 for use with PlayStation® products. (Licensed products have the official "PS" logo on the product.)

    Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. (SCEA) manufactures the following first party peripherals2. There may be other third party peripherals that are licensed; please check with the third party manufacturer directly.

Tried these steps and still need help?

If you have tried the troubleshooting information above, but continue to experience problems, you may need to contact our Consumer Services department to have your PlayStation console serviced. Click on the image below to be directed to the service page.

SCPH 70000-90000 series PlayStation 2 system

70000-90000 PlayStation 2

SCPH 30000-50000 series PlayStation 2 system

30000-50000 PlayStation 2

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Notes:

1 If the memory card you are using is neither made nor licensed by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. (SCEA) for use on the PlayStation 2 console, we would recommend you do not use that product. It has not been tested to perform properly for use on the PlayStation 2 console and, accordingly, SCEA does not recommend its use. Products that fail to meet or exceed SCEA's strict quality standards can cause damage to your PlayStation 2 console immediately or with prolonged use. SCEA is not responsible for damages caused by untested, unlicensed products, and any otherwise applicable warranties on SCEA products are void. It is the responsibility of the particular company that made the unlicensed peripheral to accommodate you, should its product cause damage to an SCEA product.

2 Although the original DUALSHOCK analog controller (SCPH-1200) should function on most PlayStation®2 format software titles*, certain analog features within the software will not be available. The left and right analog sticks will work properly; however, any feature that utilizes analog (pressure sensitive) buttons will not be available.

Remember that the DUALSHOCK 2 analog controller is fully analog in each button except for the Start and Select buttons. This means that you will receive different reactions from the game depending upon how hard you press a button. [Some PlayStation 2 format software titles may not utilize analog features.]

* There are certain PlayStation 2 format software titles that may not function with the original DUALSHOCK analog controller. We recommend contacting the publisher of the PlayStation 2 format software title for additional compatibility information. In addition, you can rent games prior to purchasing them; this will help you test the controller functions with that particular game.

3DVD remote control compatibility table 1

PlayStation 2 Console Models

SCPH-
30001
SCPH-
30001R
SCPH-
35001
SCPH-
39001/
39001N
DVD
Remote
Control
Models
SCPH-
10150
Yes* Yes Yes* Yes
SCPH-
10171
Yes* Yes Yes* Yes
SCPH-
10420
No No No No

*Requires SCPH-10020 Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2) for operation with these consoles (sold separately).

DVD remote control compatibility table 2

PlayStation 2 Console Models

SCPH-
39010/
39010N
SCPH-
50001/
50001N
SCPH- 50010/
500010N
SCPH-
70011CB/
70012CB
DVD
Remote
Control
Models
SCPH-
10150
Yes Yes Yes Yes
SCPH-
10171
Yes Yes Yes Yes
SCPH-
10420
No Yes Yes Yes

DVD remote control compatibility table 3

PlayStation 2 Console Models

SCPH-
70001
SCPH-
75001
SCPH-
77001CB
SCPH-
77001SS
SCPH-
90001CB
DVD
Remote
Control
Models
SCPH-
10150
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SCPH-
10171
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SCPH-
10420
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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