Well, I checked some resistors on the ps2 mobo and they were ok... so then I swapped the entire drive/laser unit out with a good one and suddenly the ps2 worked... backups and all.
So, its my laser and/or coils. Does replacing the laser also replace the coils?
Were is the best/cheapest place to get a laser for a V7?
Do any of you guys have any spares?