First off, im aware that this is the Hardware section, i am not asking about PS2 games, but the mod chips. I did a little research and from what i found, there are now various chips out there that i can either solder of otherwises install onto my PS2 to make it run backup games... Anyway, my conflict comes when i try to decide which chip i want.
So far it is between the Various Chips Magic 3.1, Messiah 2 pro 1.3, DMS3 Mod Chip, PS2 Slide Card w/magic Swap 2.0 disks, and lastly the PS2 no-solder Modchip Kit.
From what i see, the best choice for me right now is the Magic 3.1. Mod Chip Comparison Chart It is compatible with all medias, requires zero disk swaping, and is compatible with my PS2 (v4). However, what worries me is that is many of the forums that i have read ppl have complained that they have been having trouble getting their PS2s to work after installing the chip. I personally have no experience with soldering so the 44 solder points worry me. Also, ive heard things about the mod chip putting "extra stress" on the laser lens.
My second choice is the PS2 slide card w/Magic Swap 2.0 disks. This kit seems much easier to install, but it has limitations. For one, it cant play cdrs 630 megs or more. Im not sure how much of a limitation this is cuz i have never burned a PS2 game, but i assume that most PS2 games take up more space then 630 megs.
My 3rd choice is the no soldering mod chip. This sounds extremely easy to use. But again, limitations. It requires disk swapping, and is compatible with fewer games.
Ive also read about DVDr games and CDR games. Whats the difference? Are the DVD ones bigger? better graphics? Currently i dont have a dvd burner so if i have to get a burner to burn and play some of the better PS2 games then it realli isnt worth it to me. What are some examples of DVDr games and Cdr games?
Also, for those who have chosen the solder-required mod chips? was it difficult to solder? what solder device and wire did you use?
For those who used no-soldering mod chips or the 2 disk kit, how well is that going for you?
lastly, is modding your PS2 worth the risks?
Thx for your feedback B)