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www.meritline.com are reliable and reasonably fast shippers, Ritek silver tops are pretty good and cheap, the cheap meritline 2x are supposed to be good (I actually have some but haven't used any yet)
Unless they changed them, the meritline 2x are the fake TDK discs. I had a whole spindle that was crap. Meritline was very helpful and gave me a complete refund however I would stick with the ritek's.
Hmmm, wonder if I should open them now, there was a couple other threads where they were highly recommended by a few people here
On a side note some Princo dvd-rw's that I have all come up in advdinfo as TDK, they also work relatively good in my V4 and V5's (for smaller games or perfect for movies).
Contact your local electroncs/T.V. repair shops, the guys there should be soldering pros. Just show (to make life easier for them bring in the actual chip, diagrams, and ps2 mobo) them whats involved and if they say they can do it get an estimate.
Originally posted by ClintJCL
Okay, but where do I find a local pro? Everyone says "Get a pro" but there are no resources for getting a pro anywhere. Just a few places that want you to mail your playstation to them and I'm not willing to do that. There has to be someone local.
I'll have to do that. The one shop that installs mod chips locally only installed the "freedom" chip, they say it's based on the magic, but "can only play japanese games, not backups". I think they are full of it.
Which is better? Magic3.5 or Messiah? I keep hearing that Messiah owners are happier than Magic owners...
Curious....why don't you want to send it away to an installer? Time perhaps? I sent my first installation job (now I do them myself) out to freedomlives.com. Total time the console was away was about 6 days. Search around and you will find nothing but wonderful reviews for freedomlives.com. It may be worth it to send it to someone that specializes in PS2 moddding. Simply bringing it to some TV repair shop will not help if the install is not successful on the first try. Not to imply that a qualified electronics person would screw up the install, but mistakes do happen. Imagine a TV repairman trying to troubleshoot a modchip installation on a PS2. You think they know the first thing about media problems, laser adjustments, which chip controls what, etc... Wouldn't you rather spend the money to send the console to someone that can troubleshoot a "botched" install if necessary?
It just seems like there are 100s of installers out there, and no real guarantee that I wont get burned. THe internet is essentially 500 people in a crowded room yelling "my way is right, i wont screw you" and it is hard to trust anyone with my playstation, i CANNOT afford another. [Can't afford this one, really..]