Hi all, this is my first post here.
I want to buy a PS2. It needs to have an internal HDD (not an USB one), so it will have to be a Phat one. I'm leaning toward a V5 or V7 version, original or with a modchip. Now here's why I can't decide.
I've read this post ("Best" PS2 version?) which mentions the following:
V5 and V6 units:The PS2 system was designed from scratch with one idea in mind: making sure that CDR/DVDR discs would ruin the system if used in them. The DVD driver controller (Mechanics controller or MECHACON for short) does the control of the mechanics of the drive, identifies which kind of media is inserted. It has been coded with intentional bugs which are meant to cause lockups if DVDR or CDR media with bad error correction data are inserted and that results on fried tracking coils or worn out DVD laser diode.
V7 and V8 units:The firmware bugs on the older versions of the motherboard were "enhanced". The burnt coils syndrome/blown BA5815 problem started to become common.
V9 and V10 units:Have the same issues with coils burning as the V5/V6.
My question is: do softmods or any modchip somehow bypass these bugs, so they won't cause me trouble with backup discs? I know that by having a HDD I won't be using much the DVD drive, but I still don't want to have any problems just waiting to happen....are where the thing started to get ugly. Unhappy on how people kept modding the consoles Sony yet again set traps on the systems. Along with upgrading the glitches on the mechacon processor firmware they this time took care to add flaky resistor arrays on the IOP address bus making up what would later be known as "golden disc syndrome".
Concerning modchips, I've read here (Best current mod chip ?) that...
Does this happen because the chips don't actually circumvent the bugs? If I get a modded Phat console, should I check that it also had laser fixes?the only real disadvantage/drawback of having a chip installed is that the lifespan of laser decreases. Voltage & laser diode modifications have to be applied as well in order to add an extra period of prolongation. This problem is quite particular with the v12 slim (perhaps with v9-10 too). The solderless chips are especially infamous for quickly frying a console.
In fewer words - if you'd have to get a Phat PS2 today, you'd want it to be able to play PS2 backup discs (not interested in PS1) and you'd want it to be as reliable as possible - what would you get? I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the problems out there. Thanks.