I beg to differ, my Version 1 which was bought in 2000 (!!!) on lauch (christmas time, not quite, but close) and it was used for like 2 yrs wit out a mod, and 1 wit a mod.
Now ive had 2 diff mods in my machine.
The first 1 neo 2.2 which was in there for roughly 6-7 months.
The second 1, messiah 2 (no swap goodness, /me drools in background )
and my ps2 works PERFECTLY, it plays all cd-rs perfect no video/music skipping. Rangeing from Verbatim to Memorex in cd-rs. It plays DVD movies perfectly. It also plays dvd-rs perfect (games) it boots everything first try.
I usually put a good 1hr of gameing in each day, and i also use dvd-rips which are hell on my laser (def jam vendetta) and it works.
I rarely use dvd-rs but when i did it boot all of them first try, 5 to be exact. all on shitty princo DVD-rs.
I think it depends if ur lucky or not with the old consoles v1-v6 i say this because i kno v7 lasers are awesome.
But my laser v1, is working better then my friends v5, so explain that. O ya i play more than him. So go figure!
again i say its all luck !
But knock on wood mine doesnt die
Messiah 2 V7
Havent Seen An RSOD since i got it
Messiah 2 v1