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I don't know what hyper is talking about. Homebrew chip is basically a chip that only boots .elf files. I don't know if there's such things as a game elf and a homebrew elf file. elf files are just PlayStation 2 executables.
There's quite a huge difference there:
The "boot from memory card" is quite not the same thing. On DMS4 or matrix, the "dev mode" allows you to boot an ELF file (that is, mips code that will run on the emotion engine). There, the "boot from memory card" will load code that will run on the ACTEL chip of the modchip! Well, at least, that's my understandings from it...
Uh, where did you get that idea? Can you point me to where it says that on their site?
Well, one of the sticking points in the Messiah 2 case was that the court found that Sony provided the consumer with replacement disks, and therefore, the makers of the chip (David Ball), could not claim that "Hey, we're just using this for backup purposes" because that argument was essentially destroyed when Sony came in and stated that they provide replacements. Now, with the homebrew only chips, they can't go after the makers of the chip, because they are legally allowed to do this. Sony would have to go after the people who individually flash their cards, which ain't gonna happen.
T07N: there, in their faq:
Ho well, maybe I am mistaken....
Why is there only 4kbyte of EEPROM on the Crystal Chip?
When we were planning the Crystal Chip, we first considered having a larger memory device for software storage. After careful consideration, we decided that it made more sense to use a small device which is capable of getting software running from Memory Card.
Would "getting software running" mean "running on the EE" or "running on the chip" ? Anyway...
Well, I already have one of the chips on front of me. I'll have to solder it in, and I'll be able to see by myself I'll do that this week-end.
Pixel: where did you put the sticker that comes with it... :-)
Hehehe, sticker is nice, huh?
Well, the glue is really hard stuff, so you can glue it in the middle of the PS2; that is between the pad/memory card plugs and the tray. Even if there is only one half of the sticker glued, it will really fit hard.
Originally Posted by 2Clak
THE CPLD/FPGA COULD CONTAINS ILLEGAL BIOS AND/OR CD/DVD CONTROLLER PATCHING !
Like stated before, the only way to check if a 5th generation chip is legal, is about testing their data outputs, there is simple test you can perform:
1) Remove the MODCHIP EEPROM completely, and see if the PS2 is still working (without playing any backups, but like original), that will told you if any data is patched.
2) Do not solder any CD/DVD and/or BIOS related wires, and see if the PS2 is still working (without playing any backups, but like original)
If the chip can work this way, it means, the chips didn't patch any data at all to BIOS and CD/DVD (where the checks to be circumvent are located !) and there for it's LEGAL !
Please note that it's absolutely not the case of all previous "said legal chip" like o2, DMS4, etc..
Hope this Crystal will be ok !