Installing a Modbo 5.0 in a Playstation 2

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Motherboard Identification:

  USA / NTSC EURO / PAL
v0 N/A N/A
v1 SCPH 30001 (GH-004) N/A
v2 SCPH 30001 (GH-005) N/A
v3 SCPH 30001 (GH-006)
SCPH 30001 (GH-006)
SCPH 30002 (AUS) (GH-007)
SCPH 30002 (AUS) (GH-007)
SCPH 30003 (UK) (GH-007)
SCPH 30003 (UK) (GH-007)
SCPH 30004 (EUR) (GH-007)
SCPH 30004 (EUR) (GH-007)
v4 SCPH 30001 (GH-010)
SCPH 30001 (GH-010)
SCPH 35001 (GH-010)
SCPH 35001 (GH-010)
SCPH 30002 (AUS) (GH-010)
SCPH 30002 (AUS) (GH-010)
SCPH 35002 (AUS) (GH-010)
SCPH 35002 (AUS) (GH-010)
SCPH 30003 (UK) (GH-010)
SCPH 30003 (UK) (GH-010)
SCPH 35003 (UK) (GH-010)
SCPH 35003 (UK) (GH-010)
SCPH 30004 (EUR) (GH-010)
SCPH 30004 (EUR) (GH-010)
SCPH 35004 (EUR) (GH-010)
SCPH 35005 (EUR) (GH-010)
v5 SCPH 30001R (GH-015)
(EARLY VERSIONS HAD v4 BOARD)
SCPH 30002R (AUS) (GH-015)
SCPH 30003R (UK) (GH-015)
SCPH 30004R (EUR) (GH-015)
(EARLY VERSIONS HAD v4 BOARD)
v6 SCPH 30001R (GH-015) SCPH 30002R (AUS) (GH-015)
SCPH 30003R (UK) (GH-015)
SCPH 30004R (EUR) (GH-015)
v7 SCPH 39001 (GH-019) SCPH 39002 (AUS) (GH-019 & GH-022)
SCPH 39003 (UK) (GH-019 & GH-022)
SCPH 39004 (EUR) (GH-019 & GH-022)
v8 SCPH 39001 (GH-022) SCPH 39002 (AUS) (GH-019 & GH-022)
SCPH 39003 (UK) (GH-019 & GH-022)
SCPH 39004 (EUR) (GH-019 & GH-022)
SCPH 39008 (RUSSIA) (GH-019 & GH-022)
v9 SCPH 50001 (GH-023) SCPH 50006 / 50007
v10 SCPH 50001 (GH-026) SCPH 50006 / 50007 (GH-026)

PS2 motherboard identification (Mirror)
 
Modbo Installation Diagrams:

Modbo Installation Diagrams Gallery
 

Installation

The Playstation 2 used in this article has a Version 9 motherboard, you can find out which version Playstation you have by checking the table above or the motherboard identification document (Mirror). You must download the installation diagram for version motherboard that you own, each version has different locations that you must solder to.

 

IMPORTANT: It is important to note that the USA/PAL installation diagrams for the V9 are the wrong way around, the diagram for USA is the one to be used for PAL and vice versa. The diagrams show the “H” pin as not needed on the PAL version, when in fact it is the USA version that doesn’t need the “H” pin connected. If you miss the “H” pin on a PAL V9 then it will fail to read backup disks.

Also, please note that the PS2 only has a USB 1.0 BUS, so data transfer rates are very slow. What this means is that because it is only USB 1.0, then booting games from USB isn’t 100% flawless. It does work in many cases though albeit with very laggy cut-scenes, the game play is normally fine. What it is mostly useful for in my opinion, is loading the Modbo system files onto a USB drive, to boot the menu and then using backup disks to play the games. Booting from an internal HDD does not suffer from these restrictions though, so you can still do that with Modbo 4.0 or Modbo 5.0.

V12 LASER FIX: V12 requires you to install an extra little 6 wire PCB to stop your laser burning out. If you do not install the laser fix with your Modbo 5 on your V12 motherboard, you will fry the laser in your console within a few weeks, as the chip does not send the right voltage to the laser. The laser fix, corrects the voltage so that doesn’t happen. The V12 is the only motherboard revision that requires the laser fix.

Laser fix board looks like the board on the left in this picture below (colours may vary):

 

Now comes the hard part, we have to solder all of the wires to the correct pins. After finding which motherboard version your PS2 has and downloading the correct installation diagrams, we can proceed to install the chip.

As you can see on the diagram there are 2 pins, one named “5v” or “3.3v” and the other named “GND” these are your power and ground pins and these are what you should use your thicker 26 AWG Insulated wire for, as the power will not transfer through the thinner wire properly, the thinner wire is for your data pins which do not draw so much current.

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