ONEchip modchip installation guide

ONEchip modchips were designed specifically for PAL PSone slim consoles. They patch the additional region locking in the BIOS of these systems. They can be made using PIC12C508A, and other PIC12 chips. This guide covers everything you need to know about choosing, programming, and installing a ONEchip into your PlayStation.

Guide structure

This guide is structured into several pages. It’s organized like this primarily so that comments can be more organized and useful for readers.

This page covers the ONEchip modchip. It includes general information about the chip, and then links off to installation guides for each console model.

If you want more information about PlayStation 1 modchips in general check out this guide.

ONEchip modchip installation diagrams

ONEchip modchip

Below is a list of all PlayStation 1 motherboard versions (at least the ones that are compatible with ONEchip), along with the console model numbers associated with them. You can get a good idea of what board you have by looking at the model number underneath your system (something like SCPH-102).

To actually know what board you have you’ll most likely have to open up your console and look for the board version printed somewhere on the board (something like PM-41 (2) or PM-41).

Once you know what board you have you can click on the board model and you’ll be sent to a page with the installation diagram.

  • PM-41
    • Earlier SCPH-102, and SCPH-103’s
  • PM-41 (2)
    • Later SCPH-102, and SCPH-103’s

 

ONEchip modchip drawbacks

The biggest problem with ONEchip chips is that they are only compatible with PAL PSone consoles.

They also base their timing on the internal oscillator within the PIC chips. Using the internal oscillator can sometimes cause the chip to become out of sync with the console when booting, meaning you’ll have to restart the console to boot.

Certain PIC programmers can also mess up the internal oscillator value when programming, which could be a problem if you are programming your own chips. Additionally it has been reported that certain batches of PIC chips have had problems with the oscillator value in the past.

ONEchip modchip advantages

The biggest advantage of the ONEchip is that they are one of the only chips that allows you to play non-PAL games on a PAL PSone. The other compatible chip is the ATmega based PsNee chip.

ONEchip modchip source code

If you’d like to program your own ONEchip modchips you’ll need the source code. Right now I only have the code for the PIC12C508A.

  1. PIC12C508A

I’ll have a tutorial on how to program these PIC chips in the future.

All ONEchip chips I sell are preprogrammed.

Where to buy ONEchip modchips

I sell ONEchips when requested for the same price as my MM3 modchips. I’ll possibly set up a separate product page at some point, but they aren’t a super high demand in the United States.

Where can I get premodded systems, or have my console modded?

I sell both premodded PS1’s, and modchip installation services on my eBay store, as well as my store on this website.

On my store you can select which chip you’d like, and which model of console you’d like. On my eBay store I use a single product listing for every model of console and every type of chip, and update the title and description to reflect what is currently for sale.

More information is available on the linked listings.

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We are waiting for the firmware.