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Network Adapters - different ones for NTSC or PAL machines?
Network Adapters - different ones for NTSC or PAL machines? –
Just wondering if all network adapters are the same? Also, does anyone know if a network adapter could damage a HDD?
The reason I'm asking is because I've had a HDD installed in my PS2 for awhile now and haven't had any problems with it yet (knock on wood!). But I had ended up getting a network adapter from Taiwan and put a HDD (same model as mine) into another PS2 and it's killed one HDD already and I think it may have killed a second one (the customer is bringing his machine to me tonight and I'll confirm this).
Just got the customer's PS2 and the HDD was fine. But for some reason there was two corrupt data files on his memory card (I usually only see one - which is 3kb. The second one on his was 59kb). The HDLoader would hang just before the splash screen. I tried deleted both of the corrupt data files and it made no difference. I then deleted the HDLoader exploit on the MC and re-copied another one on there and it worked fine. I have no idea what would have caused this. Strange...
But I'm still curious as to why the first HDD I had installed into his machine died on me (it was a brand new HDD) while I was backing up a few games onto it...
The only reason I can think of for a good HDD to die (permanently) from any access activities, is if there is some kind of problem with the connectors or with the interfaces driving their signals. Intermittent power breaks while writing, for example, possibly caused by cheap connectors or bad precision in their mounting, might cause hard errors on the disk surface (or even the heads) that could make the disk pemanently unusable.
Even worse would be any design error letting the 12 volt supply glitch over onto any logic signal lines. That would most likely kill some of the logic circuitry of the drive, whereafter it would be completely dead, in some cases even damaged in ways that could also harm other systems you try to use it with.
The 'risky' connector here is obviously not the IDE or power connectors to the drive, but the all-in-one connector that links the network adapter to both the PS2 power supplies and its logic interface. The quality, and mounting precision, of that connector MUST be top-notch, or there WILL be trouble...
Best regards: dlanor
Thanks for the input dlanor. Who knows... that may have been the problem.