Well, I could use some advice. And please, no get an Xbox, or any other unhelpful comments. Around late December, I noticed that my PS2 would whir a bit more than usual, and after playing a game for a few hours, it would click and stutter every now and then. Over the next month, the whirring would become a buzzing/growling/clicking and games and movies would jam up and stop on occasion. Additionally, it took some time, and would click a bit when you first started it up/put a disk in. No problem, I figured after at least 5 years (Probably closer to 6 or 7), the laser was probably getting dirty. I bought a laser cleaning disc (DVD/Xbox/PS according the the box), and it seemed that the problem had gotten much worse. It wouldn't read the disc. Or any other. It knows that there's a disc in there, it just can't read it, with a "Cannot read disc" error. Everything else seems to function perfectly outside of the drive/reader. I did some research, and was somewhat saddened to see that there doesn't seem to be much out there; unless I'm missing the obvious, there's no place I can go to get it repaired, instead I'd have to ship it somewhere. (Which I'm not real comfortable with doing) It also seems that depending on what's wrong, it can cost as little as $50, and as much as $150. (Outside of using Action Replay, I haven't done anything "extra" to it; it's unmodded.) I tried looking at some gaming boards, and based on the descriptions, it sounds to me like it's dirty, out of lubrication, and the laser "motor" has failed, which sounds like it may be pricey. I also heard that Sony would repair/clean it for me as it's unmodded, but since the warranty is long since expired, I'd have to pay for it as well. So now, I'm unsure what to do. On the one hand, if I can get it cleaned (or whatever) and working for $50, that's not a bad option, but I'm not very comfortable with just shipping it off and hoping I get it back undamaged without paying more for shipping to boot. On the other hand, I can always get a new one, one of those tiny slimlines for $150. However, that's pretty much abandoning a PS2 that's not unsalvageable, and it's a pretty penny just to get a working PS2 again. My third option is to bite the bullet and wait and get the PS3. However, the information I've heard about it is all over the place; when it comes out, how much it'll cost, how reliable it'll be, that thing about the read once discs, etc. make me unsure if I even want to get a PS3 when it comes out, making it seem like a bad option. So, any helpful words of advice?