Adding an HDMI port to the PS2 fat

Adding an HDMI port to the PS2 fat

In March I added an HDMI port to my original Xbox. This is a similar post covering the process of adding an HDMI port to the PS2 fat. The PS2 has a multi AV output port which supports composite, component, RGB SCART, S-Video, and even RF. These options were fine for 2000, but they don’t work very well with modern HDTVs. Adding an HDMI port allows the PS2 to output video directly to a modern HDTV or computer monitor.

Things you’ll need

Here’s a list of items that you’ll need for adding an HDMI port to your PS2 fat. [Read More]

Original Xbox 80mm fan upgrade

Original Xbox 80mm fan upgrade

Last week I wrote about upgrading the fan inside of my SCPH-39001 PS2 to a quieter Noctua fan. This post covers a similar mod, an original Xbox 80mm fan upgrade. I’ll be using a pretty standard Noctua 80mm 12V computer fan to silence my original Xbox.

Things you’ll need

Here’s a short list of things you’ll need to upgrade your original Xbox’s fan.

  • Original Xbox console
  • 80mm fan, I used a Noctua NF-A8
  • Tools to cut plastic, like a Dremel

Original Xbox stock cooling system overview

The original Xbox has a pretty simple cooling system design. There is a single 72mm fan in the back that sucks air in from the vents on the sides. The air goes through components like the power supply, processor, and graphics processor, and then out the back of the system. Both the disc drive tray, and hard drive tray, are used to route air where it needs to go. The fan does a pretty good job of keeping the console cool. I’ve never had my original Xbox overheat, but it can get warm. [Read More]

SCPH-39001 PS2 fan upgrade

PS2 fan upgrade

While my PS2 fat console isn’t even close to as loud as my PS3 fat, the fan inside still makes enough noise to be annoying in game. This post covers the process of upgrading the fan inside of my PS2 fat to a standard 60mm computer fan.

Things you’ll need

Here’s a short list of things you’ll need to upgrade your PS2’s fan.

PS2 fat stock cooling system overview

The PS2 fat has a pretty simple cooling system design. There is a single slim 60mm fan in the back that sucks air in from the vents on the front. The air goes through the power supply and heatsink fins, and out the back of the system. The fan does a pretty good job of keeping the console cool. My PS2 does get warm, but I haven’t ever had it overheat. [Read More]

SCPH-39001 PS2 Modbo 5.0 modchip installation (V7 NTSC board)

Modbo 5.0 installation

Earlier this month I installed a Modbo 4.0 modchip into my SCPH-70012 PS2 slim console. Since I also own an SCPH-39001 PS2 fat, I decided to install a modchip into it. Modchips for the PlayStation 2 you to get more out of your PS2. Things like playing games from other regions, playing PS1 and PS2 backups, and running homebrew applications. This blog post covers the installation of the Modbo 5.0 modchip into my SCPH-39001 PS2 fat console.

Things you’ll need

  • An SCPH-39001 PS2 fat console
  • Tools to take apart the PS2
  • A Modbo 4.0 or Modbo 5.0 modchip. They are pin compatible, I bought my chip from Eurasia.
  • 30 AWG kynar insulated wire wrapping wire
  • A soldering iron and solder

Both the Modbo 4.0 and Modbo 5.0 modchips are good modchips. The Modbo 5.0 chip allows booting homebrew directly off of a USB flash drive, which is less important for a PS2 fat, because of the hard drive bay, but still a nice feature. [Read More]

Xbox 360 E teardown guide

In my last two teardown guides I covered taking apart a PSone, and a PS2 slim. This post is similar, but for Microsoft’s second slim revision of their Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 E. My goal is to have an Xbox 360 E teardown guide that’s more complete than the others available online.

I found the process of taking apart the Xbox 360 E to be easier than the process of taking apart my original Xenon Xbox 360. You won’t need a special opening tool to help you with hidden tabs or anything like that. It was however harder to take apart than a PS3 slim, mostly because of the lack of external screws. [Read More]

SCPH-70012 PS2 Modbo 4.0 modchip installation (V12 NTSC board)

Modbo 4.0 installation

In April I installed an MM3 modchip into my original PlayStation console. Modchips also exist for the PlayStation 2 and allow for things like playing games from other regions, playing PS1 and PS2 backups, and running homebrew applications. This blog post covers the installation of the Modbo 4.0 modchip into my SCPH-70012 PS2 slim console.

Things you’ll need

  • An SCPH-70012 PS2 slim console
  • Tools to take apart the PS2 slim
  • A Modbo 4.0 or Modbo 5.0 modchip. They are pin compatible, I bought my chip from EurAsia.
  • 30 AWG kynar insulated wire wrapping wire
  • A soldering iron and solder

I initially installed a Modbo 4.0 chip, but ended up swapping it out for a Modbo 5.0 chip. The Modbo 5.0 chip allows booting homebrew directly off of USB flash drives, which is important since the PS2 slim doesn’t have support for an internal hard drive. [Read More]

SCPH-39001 PS2 project introduction

SCPH-39001 PS2

Sony’s PlayStation 2 is the best selling video game console of all time. By selling over 155 million systems Sony dominated the sixth generation of consoles. For comparison Microsoft only sold 24 million original Xbox consoles. At $299.99 the PS2 wasn’t the cheapest console of its generation, but being priced less than most DVD players helped people justify the higher price. Both the Dreamcast and the GameCube cost $199.99, but didn’t support DVD playback. This is the start to a series of posts covering the fat SCPH-39001 PS2 project. [Read More]

SCPH-101 PSone teardown guide

In my last post I covered taking apart a PS2 slim. This post is a similar guide, but for Sony’s first slim console, the PSone. My goal is to have a SCPH-101 PSone teardown guide that’s more complete than the others available online.

I had already taken apart this PSone several times before taking these pictures, so yours may look slightly different. In particular, my PSone has a modchip installed which you can see in some of the pictures. I wrote another post on how I installed the modchip. [Read More]

SCPH-70012 PS2 slim teardown guide

PS2 slim

I haven’t posted a console teardown guide on this blog yet, mostly because they are difficult to make. I recently took apart my PS2 slim for the first time, and took pictures along the way to create this guide. My goal is to have a PS2 slim teardown guide that’s more complete than the others available online.

This was the first time I had ever taken apart a PS2 slim, and I hadn’t looked up any guides online. I found the process of taking apart the system to be very easy, this guide should help you better put back together the system by following these steps in reverse. [Read More]

Xbox One controller bumper repair, button switch replacement

Xbox One controller

The Xbox One controller is one of my favorite controller designs. It took the comfortable Xbox 360 controller, which was based on the original Xbox controller S, and improved it. Two big changes were the more precise d-pad, and the support for being used with a computer using a standard USB cable.

An Xbox One controller I had bought in 2015 started having problems recently. The left bumper button wouldn’t always register presses. It always made the click sound, but wouldn’t always be recognized as a press in games. Obviously this is very annoying when switching tabs in the Xbox dashboard, and when playing games that require the frequent use of the left bumper. [Read More]