The Switch Works!
I have just fitted my V7 console Magic3 with a switch from Radio Shack (Part#275-409) and all my problems are solved. No more freezing! It's sad that the chip couldn't have been perfected more before being released, but I am happy now that I can at least play games without the system crashing. Thanks for all your help guys!
What wire did you put the switch on?
I am guessing he ran it like most everyone else (i.e. from the +5v to the GND)
Post pics of were you put your switch
magic 3.5 & switch
Can put a switch also on 3.5 + clip kit
please, vic viper or JoeMama...or anybody, could they please post pics of this switch installed??
I too can affirm that the switch works, fitted it on my friends v4 tonight with a magic3 (3.0). although i have only used my backup dvdr kingdom hearts for testing now (only three full intro loading so far--but will go for 10 tries). I don't think i will do vice city for hours as i have a lot to do before i go away for a long trip and can't sit here and play for 4+ hours, sorry :( . I included a pic of the switch externally. I didn't want to remove the cover and everything else since i used the diagram of the switch that is posted in one of these threads. But i did do something diff'tly: I used a ground point on the motherboard rather than the one on the chip; no particular reason, i just preferred the one on the board over the chip.
Another thing i did was first attach the switch to the case case before wiring it, and then i used long pieces of wiring( ~ 6-8 inches of 26 awg wire) in case i had to remove the case, i didn't want to snag on the connections from the case or the chip.
The method i used to start Kingdom hearts (or any game):
- make sure master power switch of ps2 (back of ps2) is off
- turn the magic3 switch on, then the master power switch on
- if game is not in ps2:
a. hit eject, load game then hold reset until tray retracts and ps2 goes to standby
- tap reset and wait until you see anything from the game being loaded (but not "loading")
- then turn off the switch and enjoy a booted backup on your "undetectable" modded ps2 :) (I like that last part---"A modded ps2, who me, NO WAY!!")
And just to report as i'm typing this, on my fourth try i got a freezing --- but only because i forgot to turn off the switch when the intro was running. I rebooted and turned off the switch at the appropiate time and it went through with out a hiccup.
Oh one more thing, when i want to but in another game, i now turn off the ps2's master switch then turn on the magic3 switch on. Call me paranoid or whatever, but i would rather like to keep my $235 then have to give it to my friend because i messed up his ps2 because i was too lazy to flip a switch on the back of the ps2. Now these are my experiences, you might have similar or diff't results; do this at your own risk.
Now all i need is to mount a switch for my V5 w/Apple chip.
how much would you charge for the switch installed on a PS2 witha a magic 3 already installed in it? and how much for to mod a ps2 and place a switch? whats your location
Sorry for the lack of details........I followed the diagram that was posted in another thread. Check out the attatched image for installation instructions. I have a brand new V7 console, and I backup games with Ritek DVD+R on a Sony DRU-500A. I follow the same boot procedure as unknown_g except that I turn the switch to the off position as soon as I see that blip of white lines after the Playstation 2 logo appears. Everything is running perfectly now, which is such a relief after all of the trial and error troubleshooting I have suffered. I wonder if the Magic 3.1 also requires a switch to operate correctly. It really is pathetic that the Magic 3 is a buggy modchip. How could they release it with all of these problems? Anyway, all I can say is that I would not have solved my problems without the help of this forum. Thanks to all of you for your help.
Having trouble attatching images....sorry