Feb 04 2003, Today's news is a bit good, a bit bad. Whilst adding support for the v8 consoles, our already considerably long patches became long enough to make visible some issues that could not be seen with the smaller patches. The IOP(I/O Processor) on the PS2 causes activity on the BIOS bus at a very critical point during the patching process, causing corruption in the BIOS patch near the end of the patching cycle. In a way, it is a good thing that this problem was discovered now. When it comes to developing complex hardware, it's all too easy to make assumptions of how a system will behave in a given situation. We had been under the impression that the IOP would not be conflicting with the EE for BIOS access and have been proven wrong. Had we not spotted the problem, it is possible that as newer upgrades became available, and thus the size of the patches increased, people would find their systems suddenly not working. The bug occurs in such a way that it would be impossible to fix it with an upgrade. This is unacceptable as we strive to make a superior and flexible device which can be counted on to work every time and for years to come.
So what does this mean for you? Firstly, it means another delay. Due to the nature of this problem, we cannot give an estimated release date at this time. Doing so would be a guess, and irresponsible. We try to be sure that everyone gets the most accurate information possible regarding DMS, hypothetical release dates do not fit in with that ideaology. Secondly, it means increased stability of the chip. We now know of the problem, therefore we can fix it. Please keep in mind that we aren't making a simple chip that applies tiny patches that remove protections from the system. We're building a stable platform for turning your PS2 into a true entertainment system. Such things don't come easy but the result is going to change the PS2 forever.
Now for a little bit of good news, we've added a feature that some people may like. You can now use the Datel "Mega Memory" 8/16 memory cards as you would a normal memory card. This means the boot disc is no longer required to use the card, just pop it in like a regular memory card. Just a little bonus from your friends at DMS.
We will keep you updated on the progress of the chip and will give a release date when we can be 100% sure that the problem is fixed. We won't be making a quick "hack" fix that works some times. Rest assured that we will not rest (quite literally) until this issue is resolved.
Installation diagrams for the chip will be available within the next few days. The installation is almost identical to that used by "2nd generation" chips such as Magic 3 and Messiah 2, installers should find it no more challenging than installing said chips.
Forget this, I'm getting messiah 2, by the time this chip is done I will have earned back enough to buy it!