okay so you want to put a modchip in your ps2 so you can play the backups of your origally purchased games . non modded ps2 units have generally lasted up to 5 years or more without a problem , units with the modchips have a life span of a couple hours to 2 or 3 years depoending how much you use it . up to version 8 ps2's seem to have the longest life span with a chip installed while the v9-12 units are frying lasers almost immediately or in a very short while the v9-12 units even without the mod seem to be having laser burnouts early in there life , by the way even with the romeo mod or summones fix - units are still frying lasers . why does this happen? simple - playing backups on your machine will age your laser quicker becuase of a lower quality burn on the media - thats why we all suggest use the best media and slow burning speeds . the big corporations have burners that cost as much as buying a new car . if your going to do a mod have it done professionally (for best results) and use a version of ps2 lower than version 9, and expect that your machine will not last as long as a stock box -in fact the modchip companies in there disclaimer will not be responsible for damage as a result of installing there product in your machine - why? search the web for problems related to ps2 mods and see for yourself that lasers are frying like they're going out of style of course you'll get the stories about the good mods too and anyone can write a review about something -good or bad and i'm not against modding i have a moded box too - i have had three ,each one to replace the one that died after a year or so , but i knew that was coming becuase i have experience with electronic components . this is simple analagy that can be applied to any mod be it a computer or car or ? they all cause an increase of wear to som other component and consumer electronics are by far more fragile than say a automobile engine (just to state the obvious) . okay so i just thought i'd write this to help some of you who are thinking of modding and aren't so technically inclined or those of you who have and wondering why your machine is broken a year later or sooner and 99 percent of the time it's a laser burnout - and they aren't cheap - v12 lasers are 85 - 130 dollars canadian -the cost of a new ps2 is 179 dolars canadian not to mentionthe chip 60 dollars canadian and install 2-3 hours at 65 bucks an hour at a reputable shop that will guarantee they're work(soldering) but not any damage that might occour unless it's related to a broken solder point that shorted out something else - even that will be a fight you must endure to get them to admit fault -after all it will cost them upwards 3-400 dollars to replace your machine - again thats canadian pricing .
okay enough said good luck modded or not were all in it for the gaming -remember when it was just ---fun!