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DMS3 -> DMS4 upgrade? –
I currently have a DMS3 chip installed in my PS2 and would like to upgrade to DMS4. How simple of an operation is this? Can I just break away the old DMS3 and use the solderless DMS4 without problems? My main reason for wanting to do this is to use ToxicOS...unless there is a way to boot that without a DMS4?
To answer your first question, yes, it is relitivly easy to upgrade the DMS3 to a DMS4. Since the contact points are in different position on the DMS4 however, you may have to do some rewireing inorder to get a smooth install.
To answer your second question, no, if you have soldered a chip, it is STRONGLY advised NOT to install a DMS4 EZI (solderless). You will end up damaging your motherboard and/or the chips clips. You should install a wired DMS4 or DMS4 S.E instead.
Your third question, no, you cannot boot ToxicOS on a DMS3. You can boot HDLoader though, which is the same main functionality as ToxicOS.
One more question, a clarification really... you said that "the contact points are in different position on the DMS4". Are you saying that the contact points on the PS2 board are the same between the DMS3 and 4 and that the layout of the contact points on the chip itself are different? or the other way around? Thanks!
correct - im saying the layout of the solder points on the chip is different. the actual ps2 motherboard points will be the same (of course there will be less points, since dms4 requires less wires than the dms3, which means youll have to unsolder some wires)