As many threads saying that Messiah is killing the machines... Phew it's not only Messiah. This applies to other modchips aswell. I use Matrix MXL2 on V9 machines. Up til now there have been three totally dead machines, in 2 months. And I haven't installed 1000...
1st died after 10 minutes of working, MX bios.
2nd died after almost one month, does not read disk, the laser is ok, tested in a working new machine. MX bios.
3rd died after 3 days. Laser ok, motherboard is ****ed up. Bios ? Oh MX of course.
I don't say that I'm the biggest installer in the world, but chipped a lot of V3, V4, V5, V7 machines, used different chips, have not had that much problem - up til now. There are no bridges of course, solder splashes, but the usual (probably Eprom) problem. (disk spins, and can't be read). I don't want to do a new thread just beacuse of my problems, but wanted to point that it's not the Messiah only that can kill machines. Matrix (and I'm sure all modchips) can do it easily. Until we don't know exactly how PS2 works and which parts and components are on the motherboard and thier functionality is known only for internal Sony people, I think we are in big trouble and many dead machines will happen.
Sorry for the words but in this case, it's sure that (Se)xbox is a safer situation for gamers...