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How to upgrade a Matrix Infinity Yellow dot installed in a V13?
How to upgrade a Matrix Infinity Yellow dot installed in a V13? –
I wonder if any of you can help me. Here is a copy of the email I just sent to the Matrix team...
Contains all the information about the install etc, anyone ever done this please feel free to post a how to! Thanks in advance.
I have a customer who supplied their own Yellow Dot Matrix Infinity (appears to be an original - not a clone) for installation into a V13 Pal SCPH-70002a console.
They where under the impression that it would work fine based on your news release shown here:
December 6, 2005
Clarification on Firmware V1.68.
We wish to better clarify the following points regarding the Firmware V1.68:
1) The firmware can be used on ALL Infinity produced until now.
YELLOW dot, BLUE dot, ORANGE dot and the latest GREEN dot.
2) For the V14 PSTWO and higher release you will need anyhow to use a GREEN dot Infinity.
But now after installing it I have found that is does not work... seems to have FW V1.0 installed. It will disable by holding Start - which is how I know the FW version. But it will not boot any back-ups at all. Nor will it boot the Firmware upgrade CD's...
If I leave the Chip enabled it will simply stay on a black screen when back ups or FW CD's are loaded. Reset button will also stop working, as do controller buttons if an original is loaded whilst the chip is enabled.
Holding Select on boot does not help (Black screen)
Holding reset for 2-3 seconds on boot does not help - chip just appears to get disabled (without the message) and red screen of death appears when trying to load Boot / FW cd.
I used Nero to burn V1.68 and V1.75 FW boot disks on high quality CDR's so I am pretty confident that they are ok.
Pictures of my install can be seen here. I am 95% confident I have every thing in the right place (used an alternative 3.3v point and ground point). http://www.cyber-mag.com/phpBB2/view...hp?p=2663#2663
However I read some of your much older news articles and came across the following:
October 28, 2004
Infinity Firmware V1.36 Additional Clarification.
Again, to avoid any possible issues, we encourage all end users to wait for new Infinity already preflashed
with the New V12 Firmware if they want to install an Infinity into a V12.
Due to the particular upgrade system used to enable the V12 compatibility, the use of the Infinity actually in
the market should be reserved only for V1-V11 PS2, and only EXPERIENCED modders should make the step
to upgrade an Infinity to a V12 Model.
To differentiate the two kind of Flash, we will make a "BLUE" dot on the V12 Pre-Flashed Infinity models.
The actual Infinity models have a "Yellow" dot on them.
Pictures will be posted in the coming days
You mention that "only EXPERIENCED modders should make the step to upgrade an Infinity to a V12 Model." I am very experienced - 8+ years worth...
What steps exactly are required to upgrade a very early Yellow Dot Matrix Infinity to work in a V13?
Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
Hi Shadow the SCPH-70002a is a V14 and the yellow dot wont work, it has to be a green dot, you can flash the yellow dot with latest firmware but the green dot actually has an update on the actel chip for v14 compatibility so simply flashing any other colour matrix just wont cut it.
What is the model number on board
Shadow you have to install the upgade elf to the memory card and boot in in Dev1 mode. You can do this on one of your modded consoles then install the elf to mc0:/BOOT/BOOT.ELF and then put that memory card in the V13. From standby hold R1 then tap rest. This will enter you into Dev1 mode and the upgrade sceen will appear if you have done everything correctly. The firmware on the yellow dot MI cant patch the CDVD chip correctly but the Dev1 mode still works.
Last edited by spedmetal; 01-17-2006 at 05:12 AM.
Thanks guys that was quick!
I did a little more searching of my own though and came across a text file in the Infinity Manager V1.36.zip it pretty much tells me what I thought was going to be required... unfortunately I don't have a spare PS2 to carry out the steps on so I will have to leave it up to the customer - He has not paid me enough to cover the extra work required
For others who need to know the steps:
INFINITY FIRMWARE V1.36
This procedure is only needed on old Infinity chips with an old firmware release.
Since the onboard firmware is not compatible with the new PsTwo model, the upgrade
cd can't be booted normally and a special procedure must be done to upgrade the
chip to the new firmware release.
This upgrade is intended mainly to be used by installers to upgrade their stock of
Infinity to be compatible with the PS2 model.
General users can find the new batch of Infinity already compatible with the V12
PSTWO (and not needing any kind of upgrade) from our resellers starting from the
The procedure IS NOT raccomended for the inexperienced user, but should be done by
an experienced installer.
WHAT IS NEEDED:
- Infinity manager v1.36 on a CD:
Download from here:
- a PS2 V1-V11 with Infinity inside to prepare the Memory Card Upgrade.
- A formatted PS2 Memory Card.
Preparing the Memory Card:
1) Burn Infinity Manager V1.36 to CD following the procedure explained inside the .zip file.
2) Make sure the memory card is formatted and inserted in the V1-V11 PS2.
3) Insert the Infinity Manager CD in the V1-V11 PS2, press reset and wait for the
Infinity Manager program to finish loading.
4) Go to "Memory Card Manager" and select "Install Infinity Manager".
After "Install Succeded" appears on screen, turn off the PS2 and remove the memory card.
The Memory Card is now ready and can be used to upgrade as many PsTwo as you like with the
new V1.36 firmware.
Upgrading the PSTWO:
1) Install Infinity into the PsTwo following the installation diagrams.
2) Insert the memory card into the PsTwo and turn it on by pressins reset once.
3) Press and keep pressed the "TRIANGLE" button during boot to launch the Infinity
Manager from the memory card.
4) On the main screen, select "Update Firmware" and follow the onscreen instructions
to update the Infinity firmware.
3) When the "Upgrade Succeded" message appears on screen, you can turn OFF the PsTwo and
remove the memory card.
The PsTwo is now ready to be used.
Oh and by the way the SCPH-70002a is a V13. SCPH-75002 is the V14, and SCPH-75002a is the V15 in Oz...
And I even have bought a PS2 memory card for doing exactly these sort of things... but without a modded PS2 V1-11 that is not much use to me
I am pretty sure that the customer (KLoNe) had it previously installed into a V9 as well... if he had just upgraded it in the V9 first then everything would have been fine (not sure though if the V9 died or why he removed it to install into his new Silver V13...)
Also why if he could install it himself in a V9 did he send it to me to install and not do it himself??
I am starting to suspect that there might be more to the story than he let on - especially as he never once told me the chip was "Used"... just that he needed it installed... hmmm...
Last edited by ShadowKnyght; 01-17-2006 at 05:16 AM.
Oh sorry shadow didnt read right, I was thinking of the 75002a which I am doing one now and it has the GH 041 board which on dms install diagrams is a v14, are we calling this 15 in Aus
hehehe - probably not I have just been coining the term V15 as... well V14 did not have the "a" so I assumed there had to be some minor differences... Not haviong cracked one open yet myself. (Pst- just edited my 3rd post)
if you get stuck shadow send me up your memory card, I have a v7 with matrix in and I can put the firmware on MC for you, no charge.
I got so much info from your site, I owe you
Oh - BTW steve - Feeling generous?
Free chip from my range of chips (exluding the DMS3+) if you can put the files onto my memory card for me (as you appear to have a V9 and V7 with Matrix I's installed )
I have the memory card, the software on CD already etc... if you are in my area in the next few days (work or home)
Might have to charge the guy extra now that more work seems to be involved (and I was going to give him a discount due to taking to long to do the mod... Christmas / work / kids / family and all getting in the way)
Just a thought - if you don't have the time or are not sure you could actually do it (or simply dont want to ) then don't worry I will just send it back to him as is with a copy of the V1.75 FW on a CD... let him work it all out...