After trying to learn the basics of how my new CC 2.0 works, this morning the laser burned out. I don't mean it got weak, I mean it BURNED THE CRAP OUT.
Now here is why I am confused; this console read everything I put in the tray up until now (V9). When these lasers start to get weak, they typically stop reading DVDs and will still read CDs. All of a sudden, after booting an update CD, the thing just stopped reading discs of any kind. These few update CDs were the ONLY non original Sony PS2/PSX that I have ever put into this machine.
Is this problem one of the risks of running a modchip? If so I can hardly see the advantage if one does not care about booting "backups".
There were only two reasons that I wanted to install a chip into this PS2:
1) I wanted to install the Sony browser update so I could access the hard drive through the factory Sony browser. I read that auto ATAD patching would allow me to do this. This did not work. If I booted the HDD utility disc with the chip enabled the machine would lock up hard. Of course if I booted the disc with the chip disabled it said there was no hard drive present (because it was not an official Sony hard drive).
2) I wanted the machine to boot UlauchElf without a memory card or disc in the machine. It would not do this either because there was no way to get UlaunchElf onto the chip with BootManager installed. If UlaunchElf was run from the hard drive it would just bounce back to the Sony browser.
So at this point it looks like I have paid $45 for a chip that resulted in the failure of a $55 laser lens. One could understand how I might become aggravated at this point. I should also mention that one of my games that used to run from the hard drive (Unreal Tournament) would not run at all with the CC installed.
Is this type of laser failure likely to happen again with this chip installed? If so I can see no justification in installing a new laser lens in this unit.
Any and all input is welcome and appreciated.