Dragon Quest 5 and Metal Slug 7, awesome. I won't bother with DQV because I am waiting for the inevitable (PLEASE!) American version, but Metal Slug 7 is something I might try out now for the hell of it.
Guess he's referring to this thread (The W). I hate to say it, but if you're still having this problem 10 months later and haven't either taken your PS2 in to be fixed, or replaced it altogether, I'm not sure you can be helped. ;-)