I too love the PS1. I have 6 ps1s with lasers of varying quality and even tried buying a new laser but sadly it wasn't any better. I also have 2 PS2's and one of them has a bad laser as well (won't even try replacing that one).
I enjoy Ps2 games as well but its ps1 that really floats my boat. Lots of fantastic games that I was brought up on (and thats start from about age 25).
So please ffgriever don't give up! ps1 in ps2 box would be awesome and may even make me buy another ps2.