A scare has broken out in the modchip world. Seems the modchips we hold sacred are damaging the 50k series of PS2's. Here is the pertinent information regarding dead v9 PS2's.
Reported chips with problems:
1. The Matrix MXL2
2. Mars II MA-501
3. Messiah 2 1.31
The PAL Region is mostly affected. UK, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand.
Reported Reason's for failure:
1. PS2 Manufacture Defect - Poor Discrete Components Used (LA/LB CHIPS) or Missing Thermal Transfer Pad.
2. Poorly Written Modchip Code - This could have a ripple effect if everyone is stealing code. Corrupting the on board User settings EEPROM.
3. Installer Error - Metal case not fully screwed down or the wires were run improperly.
Yes people pandemonium is abound. The debate continues over the KILLER modchips at PS2NEWZ. We see many of the avid M2 bashers come out of the woodwork on this one. Yes everyone is welcome to a point. If the bashers believe the M2 is a poor chip don't fret resellers will not buy it if it is crap. It would be like trying to sell a NEO 4 to someone. If there is problems hDl & Charlie_PS2 need to address them if the chip is ever to last. And if it turns out that the code is the cause Charlie_PS2 and hDl better run and hide. Doh! It seems the Messiah 2 is the chip mostly in question. I myself have yet to have a problem with a dead v9 PS2 but I work on NTSC consoles and have yet to put in a M2 in a v9. Done about 10 now. 2 were Mars II chips and the rest Magic V 50k's. No problems yet (Writing with fingers crossed). In PAL Regions Reports go back and forth from UK installers of the M2. Some saying they have had no problems and others saying the M2 has killed every v9 PS2 it was installed in to. Who should we believe? You?re asking me? Hell if I know. There is one thing I do know this thread will be dedicated to real information about this matter. ALL flamer posts will be DELEATED. Flamers will also be banned! I hate sifting through pages of petty bullshit fighting it?s too much to read to get to the facts. Terminator-0 and valakos have done a good job collecting Data and they are commended on their efforts. Others should follow their lead so we can all figure this one out. So please collect data as others have done and post it here.