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Ace & Auto Key Chips –
I have read a bit about the no solder chips on this forum, but not much on the Ace\Auto key chips. From what I know, they are very similar tp the no solder, except there are a few wires to solder and they support 80 min CD-R.
Does anyone have any experience with these chips? Are they reliable and do they do what they claim ie play DVD-R, CD-R, etc
What the draw backs of these chips?
They work fine and no problems with 80min cdr. Super-easy install. The only downsides are using a boot disk gets reeeal old after a while, and EA games have to be patched. Alot of times you'll waste a cd before finding out it's got the EA protection.
Overall, it's the way to go if soldering a no-swap chip is over your head and you can't/don't want to have someone else install a no-swap chip for you. Unless you have done a healthy amount of soldering and electronics work don't think about trying a no-swap chip install yourself, it ain't as easy as it looks.
I have install some PSOne mod chips, although they were only 8 wires.
I dont know if I should take a chance and try install a non swap mod chip myself. Is it much harder than the PSone's?
Yep, it's alot harder. A PS1 chip is a piece of cake in comparison. At least you are somewhat ahead of the game if you did one before. What makes it harder is alot touchier disassembly, smaller points, more wires, and the dvd pins are a PITA. On the other hand lots of people have done them successfully, so use your best judgment.