I just got a used PS2 today (got a great deal from mate at school), and I'm looking into various methods of modding it.. So far, the swap disk method with the swap magic 3.6 and slide card looks like the most attractive one to me, just because it doesnt' require taking apart my PS2 and installing anything.
So how hard is it to use that slide tool and stuff? Can it cause any problems? I just have a bunch of general questions. Like are there many games that don't work with the swap disk method? Do burned PS1 games work? How would I go about to rip a game to DVD5 if I rent the original copy from local blockbuster. I found a swap method gamefixes site, and I was also wondering if there's some games that don't work at all.
I'm also wondering what's the benefits of having a chip instead of buying a swap magic 3.6 other than just not having to bother swapping the disc. I was looking at modchip.ca and cybergoshop.com and saw a Magic 4.1 chip for about $35 canadian or something like that. Other chips were more expensive, so that's why I'm looking at swap disk, plus my friend who modded my Xbox not too long ago said PS2 mods were hard to install.
Also, I don't really intend to play that many "backups". I have about 2 or 3 burned PS1 games I'd like to play on this PS2, and maybe about 10 PS2 games like Tekken 5, God of War, R&C Up Your Arsenal and just a few more etc. I also want to know how to figure out what PS2 version I have. I have the old style, not the new "PSTwo", and it's got dvd tray, doesn't have a flip cover like the new one I think.
Oh and before you yell at me or something, I looked through the first 3 pages here and the tutorial page wasn't working when I tried and I tried asking bunch of questions on IRC in #ps2 and didn't really find what I was looking.
Thanks for any help in advance.