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A few questions. –
This is a crosspost from another MB; figured I'd post it here because I've always had great luck getting my questions answered here:
Alright gang, I know you've had to endure many of my questions and posts earlier. My situation (for those who don't know it) is that 3 weeks ago, I took my PS2 in to get modded. It was *supposed* to be done over the weekend. The dealer said that the shipment of Messiah chips were on backorder, and offered a swap mod solution as compensation. I declined and decided to wait on the Messiah.
Now, in that 3 weeks I've managed to educate myself about PS2 modchips. I've learned that my crappy 30001-R console is *not* compatible with the Messiah, so by tomorrow, the alleged 3 weeks will be up, my system still doesn't have the Messiah in it, and I have absolutely no idea what this 'no swap' solution is. The owner assured me that it wasn't the S-box, so my guess is that it's the Nova chip. . or with my luck, the Neo 2.2
My questions here are as follows:
1 - I'm pretty sure what I've read is accurate, but I just want to check again before I make a decision; it is compatible with all versions of the PS2, correct?
2 - Are there any known issues with HK silvers? Or was the whole deal with HK silvers just a problem of the laser?
3 - Do the HK Silvers require a swap, or boot as import originals would?
..How do I know my game is a HK Silver? I know this is a very dumb question, but I have a copy of Grandia Xtreme. It *says* NSTC-J, but it also says "Printed in Hong Kong" in fine print on the back..so I'm wondering if it's an import from Japan or a HK silver. And the number on the disc itself says "3" in comparison to the "1" on my U.S. Devil May Cry game.
The Nova chip is because I'm becoming pretty impatient and wary with so many other new mod chips being released, before any of you say wait on the other solutions out there, here's all I really need to play:
PS2 Import Originals
HK Silvers (Maybe one, which is this Grandia Xtreme game..)
PSX Import Originals
I don't have a DVD burner, so my need or desire to play DVD backups is a very, very small one. I appreciate any help here, I *really* want to know if the Nova is a good buy in my situation or not.
It is supposed to be compatible with all versions and I have read no failure reports. On HK Silvers, modchips of this type are neutral to the question. HK silvers merley have to be accurately pressed and have sufficient reflectivity to be booted as a DVD backup. The require a swap.
And after all of that, I discover that the NovaChip requires a swap for all V5-V6 models. Given that my 30001R model is most likely a V5, it'd almost seem like a waste to blow $120 on a mod chip that needs a swap to play. Soo..most likely, I'll be going for a Magic-2 Chip. Thanks for the info Charlie, this looks like another disappointment for me in the realm of PS2 modchips.