1) What is the difference between a PS2 and a PSTwo console?
For starters, a PS2 looks like THIS; whereas a PSTwo looks like THIS. Other differences include an external Network Adaptor for the PS2, while the PSTwo utilizes a new built-in Ethernet Adaptor so as a result the PSTwo displays the unit's MAC Address on the VersionInformation screen as displayed below, unlike original PS2 consoles:
The PS2 console also comes with a built-in power supply, but in contrast the PSTwo comes with an external power supply. PSTwo is also equipped with an OEM "Flip-Top" or top-loading lid as shown HERE, whereas the standard PS2 uses an ejecting drive tray. It is also important to NOTE that despite rumors, both the PSTwo andPS2 game console come equipped with two USB 1.1 speed ports.
Finally, while the traditional PS2 console supports the Swap Magic CD2.0, DVD 2.0, CD 3.0, and CD 3.2, the new PSTwo console onlysupports the Swap Magic CD 3.3 (latest version) and DVD 3.3. Also,it is worth noting the infamous PS2 Independence Exploit (aka PS2"Memory Card" Exploit) will only work on a standard PS2 machine...unfortunately $ony squashed it on the new PSTwo console rendering it useless on them.Time will tell if a new Exploit gets discovered.
2) Can I modify my PSTwo for LEGAL PS2 back-ups and import games?
YES.In order to modify your new PSTwo console you will need:
- 15-watt Soldering Iron or similar (Radio Shack #64-2051B)
- 60/40 standard Rosin-Core Solder .032 diameter or similar
- Flux-Pen (aids in re-work, although not completely necessary)
- 1/4" Split-Point drill bit to make the hole for the toggle switch
- SPST Micromini Toggle Switch (Radio Shack #275-624)
- 30AWG Kynar or similar single-strand wire (2pcs x approx 6in ea)
- Small piece of electrical (preferred) or duct tape or equivalent
- Micro Mini Screwdriver set (Phillips and Flat/Slotted Heads)
- Hairdryer is optional, used to aid in bonding the tape better
With the above supplies and your PSTwo console, you can begin work!We often are asked why wiring a Switch is necessary, and the answer to that is because in order to use the CD/DVD Loaderswith your Swap Magic Discs for the 'problem' titles you need to be able to perform both detected and undetected swaps... so simply taping both of the tray sensors will NOT work alone unfortunately.
3) How do I modify my PSTwo for LEGAL PS2 back-ups and imports?
A) Begin by soldering approximately 6-inch wire leads to both of the terminals on your Toggle Switch as shown HERE.
B) Remove the Warranty Sticker from your PSTwo console... by doing so you are VOIDING your 90-day warranty remember!
C) Turn your PSTwo console over and then remove these Six (6) Screw Covers & Screws using your Micro Mini Screwdrivers.
D) Carefully separate and remove the PSTwo top cover from the bottom shell lifting from the back-left corner forward. If you hear a slight 'snap' around the back-right corner this is common, however, be sure to exercise proper judgement so you do not crack your case. (ie: Do NOT FORCE anything!)
E) Flip over the top cover and take notice of THIS area. Next, remove THIS spring and unscrew the adjacent pan-head screw... and then take the Disc Brake out as shown HERE.
F) Next, on the bottom shell half locate the single Phillips Head screw in front of the GamePad ports and remove it. Then, carefully remove the mainboard and attached control board together from the bottom plastic case making sure NOT to rip the flex wire attaching the two together... or just unplug it.
G) Now, use your 1/4" Split-Point drill bit to make THIS hole in the location displayed.If you have having difficulty locating the place, it is in the upper-left corner of the bottom shell half when standing it facing you upright ($ONY sticker is at bottom).
H) Once the hole is made, insert your Toggle Switch from the insideof the bottom shell and secure it with the nut provided as shown. HERE is a close-up of what it should look like when it's installed.
I) With the Toggle Switch installed, return the PSTwo mainboard and control board to the bottom shell and don't forget to secure the single Phillips Head screw back in the proper place as well.
J) Now it's time to take care of those (2) nasty lid sensors!First, we will tackle the easy one located HERE on the PSTwo mainboard. HERE is a close-up of it, and to bypass this one simply put a tiny piece of electrical or duct tape over it! If your tape doesn't seem to stick well, then try heating it a bit with a Hairdryer... followed by pressing down with your finger on it until it's secured in place.
NOTE: If you can't get the tape to stick at all, or you are seeking a more permanent means of bypassing this sensor you can remove the sensor cover by carefully inserting a tiny Flat/Slotted Head screwdriver under the Sensor Cover Clip to lift it off. Once off, simply solder the (2) strips together inside as displayed HERE, and the sensor will then be permanently disabled from triggering.
K) The second (and last) sensor is next, only this one requires being connected to the Toggle Switch you previously wired up.First,carefully grasp the control board and FLIP it over while it is still connected to the mainboard. Next, if you have a Flux-Pen use it on terminals 1 & 2 followed by soldering the Toggle Switch wires to it as shown HERE. It doesn't matter which of the ends gets soldered to which terminal number as it will function either way. However, if you prefer your Toggle Switch 'resting' in a specific position, then feel free to experiment before soldering.
L) When soldering is complete, it's time to flip back over the controlboard as shown HERE, making sure to carefully tuck the soldered wires neatly away before re-installing your PSTwo top cover. If you recall, re-assembly consists of securing the top cover to the bottom half... followed by re-inserting the (6) screws and covers.
M) Finally the moment arrives... PSTwo modification completed!