Okay, where to start...
I'm getting some sort of modchip for my mate's birthday and I'm not really sure what to get. Oh, that's not the question though :)
He's told me that he doesnt really want to open the console at all and definitely doesn't want to attempt soldering it in personally. I've got a budget here (*g*) so I definitely can't afford to send it off to a pro for him. If I get him a solder chip, then i'll no doubt be asked to install it. I don't mind doing so - wouldnt mind seeing what goes on in a PS2 since I done my own xbox with an X2Lite - but if it screws up then I'd probably end up having to give him my xbox :)
(Basically, I'll have to decide on the type of chip to get myself and all the ramblings above was basically to prevent the "go for a real modchip, not a PnP one" replies :p hehe)
Anyway, I've got some questions about the PnP "chips" (I dont suppose they are really proper modchips are they?)
The board I'm currently looking into is the Lusifer Pro (just in case he decides that soldering the 3 wires would be worth it in the end)
* I've been reading that with this chip, you can only boot 74 min (or less) game, and that's the case with all PnP chips, but can you write a 74min, or less, game onto an 80min CDR? (cause I know he likes bulk buying Verbatim 80-mins, got his CDR buying habbits from me :)) ... from the "SwapMagic FAQ" post I read it sounds like the PS2 checks the TOC, not the CD size, so I'd assume you can, but can you?
* Can you actualyl play DVD Rips, at all, with PnP boards - assuming that it's burned onto a 74 min CDR or that the TOC is less than 74 mins?
* Does using CDR rahter than DVD strain the laser any more than normal? ... say, for example, with Verbatim CDR media and Datawrite DVD-R media (wouldnt think so cause the PS2 was made with playing PS1 games in mind, so I'd think it's a good laser and it should read the two media types without trouble ... can you tell i have an xbox, lol)
* Heard that the Lusifer/PnP boards can blow fuses. Would this be inside or outside of the PS2? (i.e. in the PS2 or the plug) If they're inside the PS2, would these be easy to replace?
* Is there anything else that could blow or get too hot etc. from using a PnP board?
* I read that with the CD-swap methods, the CDROM drive is forced out at 4-5 times the speed it normaly ejects at.... is this true? (not that I dont believe the person sho posted the comment, but using the PC CD-ROM as an example, I can't really see the PS2 software getting the drive to eject any faster than usual... unless it was programmed into the firmware for some reason, that is)
* I know that the Lusifer can be used in conjunction with the S-Box chip thingy to add functionality.... what extra functionality would that give?
Erm, that's it for now .... thanks for any response! :)
just bumping this up :)
I just really wanna know about using 80 min CDs in the PS2 - can they be used at all?
Arrrrrrrr, the swap out chips (pnp) will fry yer laser and blow fuses on ya faster than anything else out there. I'd suggest for a lesser expensive solder mod check out the new Apple chip, it be pretty cheap. If ye save on the cost of yon chip, I know there be pleanty of installers on yer side of the pond, so there are.