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M2 install/shit ps2 –
Installing a M2 into a gh-015 v6. (M2 rev 1.22a)
All points checked via multimeter and are ok. No shorts visible and all bios / dvd/cd controler points checks for shorts via multimeter.
On boot the ps2 will do one of two things.
a) Black screen. No sound, no vid. BUT there is the "flash" as it happens when you turn most any video device. Tray ejects. Just doesnt work.
b) Will start. Electrons will whirl. Loading screen stays at No Data but as if it is trying to load from the disk.
The disk Will NOT spin. It gives it the 5 little turns (init?) and leaves it at that. I am trying to boot an original GTA vice city.
The ps2 is good, it had a magic2 "r" w/o underline installed previously (although ps2 cd games were really screwy. They wouldnt boot)
Any Ideas? I find it strange that it doesnt ONLY black screen... or doesnt ONLY whirl electrons.
I have checked all the drive cables via multimeter. They are all fine. No bends in them at all, continuity from the board to the laser.
Is something grounding - like the modchip itself depending on the position of the PS2?
Are all the disk cables properly seated, the right way round and not nicked or damaged?
Are B&C the right way round?
I know the drive cables are seated fine... First thing i checked.
The chip shouldnt be grounding, it has anti-static baggie all around it.
I went and doublechecked all the wiring so it SHOULD be right. Ill check over thoes two point again.
I'm going to disconnect 3.45v next but im doubtful it will make a differance
Just after disassembly/reassembly 5 or 6 times its frusterating :/
Did you use the twisted wire over clk point?
Ok, made sure the chip wasnt grounding... still just black screen.
doubt checked B and C... there fine
No i didnt do a twisted pair for the clock signal. I was going to see if it worked fine without it first. That wouldnt cause the system not to boot though.
I'm going to disconnect 3.45 now... see if that will let it boot at least normaly.
no 3.45 = same thing...
Other info, The last time I had the chip connected one boot the laser made a harsh... quick clicking sound... in fear of my ps2 i shut it off... next boot and after that it was same symptoms as before...
I suppose i am going to back out of my install (at least the cd/dvd controler) and see what happens
Are the wires laid flat on the motherboard or do some of them rise, get compressed by the cage and then touch at the solder points?
Alright... Backed right outa the install... ps2 works fine.
did a complete new install w/ new wires. All points were desoldered with braid first. I no longer get black screens but my ps2 has the same non-disk spinning problem.
The ps2 will not work even if I attempt to put the M2 into "sleep" function.
troubleshooting... ... again....
back to the dvd controler we go!
in my new install all wires are lying flat (well... reletivly). Also in the new install Clock was paired and twisted with a ground. it is lying flat. All bios wires are short. cd/dvd are average lenth. (M2 is in the usual spot)
The ALT clock point was used... about 4 inches long
Add Black screen back to the symptoms list.
Ok heres the deal now....
was thinking about the common threads between my two installations. and of course there are only two. My ps2 (which works without an install) and my messiah2. So i decided i would check for shorts between pads (although its was very clear that no two pads were connected). Did that across the dvd/cd controller pads... WAIT! pads C and D are shorted!... so i flip er over... have a look... wait a sec, points C and D are a mile from one another... and the pads not shorted. So i went had a look at the pins on the IC... didn't see anything there. But well... worth a try and took my razor knife between the two pins and CARFULLY (so as not to cut the traces) clean out between them. ... ~ OHMS! hurrah!
Good call charlie. It did have to do with C!
Are B&C the right way round?
Now just gotta assemble (again.... ive assembled/disassembled 7 times tonight) and pray.
Dunno if it was there from before or not... could have blown a flake of solder there. The air can didnt blow it away tho. Maybe its also something that should be pointed out when people are troubleshooting or in the troubleshoot guide.
Thanks alot for everyones help
P.S. Assembled and works A-ok
Also if anyone has a problem with CD's not booting make sure the via in the middle of all the cd/dvd controler pads is not connected to an adjacent one
OMFG! install from hell...
Backups all blackscreen. (but the disk at least spins up now)
and the M2 can be disabled (of course causing a RSoD)