A fella asked me to take a look at his v9 PS2 (never been modded) and see if I could get it working. He told me that it wasn't booting anything. So I assumed it was probably the dreaded v9 syndrome.
When I fired it up, there was nothing at all. No lights on the reset or eject and neither responded to anything. So I ripped open the PS2 to find that the reset/eject ribbon connector was only in half-ways (on an angle). I figured this was the source of the problem, so I decided to do the 5v mod to it while I had it apart (actually a dumb idea - I should have fired up the PS2 first to see if the ribbon cable fixed the problem).
After I finished the 5v mod and put the PS2 back together and fired it up, there was no video on my little LCD screen that I use on my workbench. I mucked around with it abit and then decided to try hooking it up to my TV (thinking maybe it was a problem with my AV cords or something). When I hooked it up to the TV, I got some video, but it's all scrambled. I can make out some of the text and stuff on the screen (ie - browser, system configuration, etc), but here's a pic I found in another thread that looks alot like what this machine looks like:
I double-checked the 5v mod connections and everything is clean (actually, the PS2 will boot discs - I can see this through the scrambled video), so I don't think that's the problem. I double-checked the video connections on the main PCB, and they all look good.
If I had to guess, I would say the reset/eject ribbon connector caused some sort of short when it came loose and fried something. Dunno...
Anyone have any ideas/suggestions?