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SBox and V7 Compatability
SBox and V7 Compatability –
I recently purchased a SBox usb modchip for my V7 39002 PS2 and after following the install diagrams on every PS2 page i visited ( and believe me there were heaps ) because I didn't want to cook a new PS2, for the life of me I couldn't figure out the wiring diagram.
Let me explain. The diagram ( so called ) for a V7 is nothing more than a copy of a V5/V6 diagram with one more picture pasted over the top of another part. The solder point number 1 is nearly correct but not quite right because the layout of the resitors in a V7 is different to V5/V6 up near the usb ports on the main board.
And, here is the big one, the picture of the mainboard has a square outline around the part where solder point 2 is supposed to go, but the exploded view is off a V7 and the mainboard pic is of a V5 or V6. The 2 mainboards are different. and the outline is no where near where the solder point is supposed to be.
I finally worked out the picture, and only because I trust my soldering I wired in the 1 jumper wire. Guess what ? doesn't work. all I got was RSOD ( red screen of death ) or it recognized PSX backups as audio CD's. I though I might have bridged two resitors or burnt out a fuse so I removed the chip and tried it again. no worky. I then tried it in my brothers V7 and no worky. We removed the wire from his and he then soldered it in and the same. So we came to the conclusion that the chances of 2 people soldering, that have soldered before numerous times, stuffing up 4 times would be rare.
Just thought I would share my experiences with this chip. If you could call it that. And it might help out someone else.