I'll just use the homebrew emulator.
Couldn't someone who knows what they're doing peek/poke, whatever, on an 80gb console to find where bc is enabled/disabled. Like remote play. Likely could be enabled on all non hardware bc consoles, Sony waiting for the ps2 sales to drop off before enabling it.
I felt the same way when faced with leaving my CECHA01 on 3.15, and Sony deserves nothing. Bought an under-warranty slim 120GB for 175 because the BD drive wouldn't take the disc. so not only did I not help Sony profits, they paid to fix my machine!