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The v12 is easy to solder on to but you have to be more careful of wires crossing than other versons (v5-7).
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Id have to agree the v12s are very easy for overall & total time. but if you are just talking modding the board, then v4/5/6/7, v12, v9/10, v1/2/3 would be the way id rate it. But honestly they are all pretty much the same and you are roughly around the same time for installs.
Originally Posted by shepd
I found the Magic V KX very easy to install on a v12
after searching forever i've finally found this thread! Well, after looking at the diagrams for hours i came to the conclusion that v5,6, & 7 seemed to be the easiest to mod because you didn't have any ic's (i guess the via's your talking about) and you have all those nice pads to work with!
so i currently have these playstations to choose from to mod.
30001 10screw : v1-3 gh-004 - gh-006
30001 r : v5-6 gh-016
39001 : v7 gh-019 - gh-022
50001 3D : V10 gh-026 - gh-029
Am i correct to think that i should mod the 39001? since it's the newest of the boards and seems to be the easiest to work with.
Now as for the chip, i just want the most basic functionality. i have a hard drive for the ps2, which i will most likely not use because i have xboxs for those type of capabilities. So i may or may not need hard drive functionality. I just need the basic backup function and autoboot to work.
Now the options i think i have in a chip are:
and the modbo
or at least those are the ones i see available. Now, why do i see fantastic reviews for the dms modchips everywhere else, yet here people alway tiptoe around the subject? i would probably get an ezi if they weren't rediclously overpriced.
anyway, what things should i be considering when looking at a chip in the 50 dollar range? what about in the 15-20 dollar range?
You might look at the Ghost 2 which installs on every PS2 version (Just ask when ordering if your getting the V2 or not for v13s-v15). I'm starting to feel like a marketing drone, but the chips pretty damn nice and has an on chip DNA$ storing update coming down the line this month. $30 to boot too.
As for people "tip-toeing" the DMS modchips could be due to the fact that they are the most expensive chip so the "profit maximizing" installers generaly don't do/recomend DMSs like the cheapest of the cheap & clones (hell I'm the same way a bit with the Ghost 2, but it's got other featuresets in place & updates coming other chips don't have) so they don't have the same kind of experience with it (and I think there was some reliability issues with the older non SE models). As for the EZI option it's best to just solder the chip. Your really relieing on an untrustworthy clip on the chip so if your moving the PS2 much theres a good chance the clips can come off and either force you to pull the PS2 apart to put it back on or worse fry the PS2.
Dms Ez is for the noob but make sure to super glue them on as they will shift with time.. I dont recomend DMS 4 chips i just install them Some like Crystal Chips Boot Manager others like matrix i love to install any Ice Chip... I dont make $$ of the chips just the install's. I wuld never install any of those clone matrix chips as i have had to replace many of them from piss pore installers.. 1 local installer was Charging $90 for clone $3 matrix chips.
Originally Posted by kermit007
are there any major differences between the crystal chip and the matrix that i should be aware of? what about price. where am i going to find the cheapest retail price on these chips with the least shipping cost?
Would anyone else care to share their experience with the ghost 2?