Sorry for piling up these lame questions in one post ..
The situation is this:
I only buy NTSC games and currently I have a PAL V7 PS2 modified with Messiah 2 Pro. Now because I'm a lazy bastard, I'm going to buy a V9/V10 too just so I don't have to get up just to reset the machine (I have a bunch of my games installed on harddrive)
Now with my current set-up I have discovered one annoying problem. Midway Arcade Treasures and HDLoader (NTSC/US) run in PAL making them look widescreen . I have no idea why this happens, but I guess it could be a Messiah 2 Pro specific problem detecting the region!?.
Now that I'm going to buy a new PS2 I want to avoid the video mode detection problem, my options are either to buy local PAL or import a NTSC machine, going to have them installed with either a Matrix Infinity or DMS3. As buying local would be a much cheaper solution, I would like to know if any of you PAL people with Matrix Infinity or DMS3 have tested the NTSC/US versions of Midway Arcade Treasures or HDLoader and know for sure that those modchips are able to switch to the right videomode? Anyone noticed similar problems in other titles?
Is it possible to play Original NTSC/US (DNAS protected?) games online, if you have a PAL network adapter and chipped console? And/or would there be a risk of getting banned or something, if they scan for an activated modchip?
Is the video output from a NTSC PS2 system identical to a PAL PS2 running in PAL60 if both are connected with RGB Scart cables. The reason why I ask this is because I noticed on Xbox consoles, when set to true NTSC they have much higher brightness than when set to PAL60. Basically it looks like crap when it is so bright, and got me wondering if this is a universal thing with all true NTSC units?
Damn I would have been able to answer all these questions myself, if the slow Ebay seller had shipped one of my NTSC "spare" units here three weeks ago like he should have