Towards the end of the SCPH-10x PSone production Sony revised the board slightly and released the PM-41 (2) board. This page covers the installation diagram for installing a PsNee chip into the PM-41 (2).
I sell PsNee modchips in my store.
If your board has PM-41 printed on it then you should follow the PM-41 guide instead.
PM-41 (2) board components and fuse locations
Here are a couple of photos of the PM-41 (2) board. If you click on them they’ll open in a much higher resolution format so you can zoom in on the details. This first image shows the front of the board (marked with the letter A).
This second image shows the back of the board (marked with the letter B).
Below is that picture of the front of the board again, but this time it has labels on all of the major board components. This can be useful if you are debugging an issue on the system. For example if your video output is bad you might want to try replacing the capacitors near the video amplifier.
Another common issue people run into is blown fuses. Below is a diagram showing the locations of all of the fuses on the PM-41 (2) board. They are highlighted in yellow, with the fuse value nearby.
PM-41 (2) PsNee modchip installation diagram
- Pin VCC – VCC
- Pin GND – GND
- Pin 3 – Debug TX
- Pin 4 – BIOS A18
- Pin 5 – BIOS D2
- Pin 6 – SQCK
- Pin 7 – SUBQ
- Pin 8 – DATA
- Pin 9 – GATE_WFCK
Above is the installation diagram. Just match each colored pin label in the diagram with any matching colored point on the board. Click on the image for a higher resolution version. I recommend placing the modchip on top of the CD mechanics processor chip.
If you have a PAL PSone system then you’ll need to use an Arduino board and connect A18 and D2. Otherwise just ignore A18 and D2.
I have created additional diagrams primarily for colorblind people. They show one point at a time in a single color (there is a set in red, green, and blue). Because they show the entire board they may reveal more alternative points for each pin. Click on the links below to reveal the sets of images.
I’m creating these new diagrams for each PS1 board revision working from newest revision to oldest revision. It’s going to take some time, but should hopefully be more helpful than the older diagrams I had on here before.
Here are some tips I have for you when you are soldering your chip into the PM-41 (2).
- Cut your wires to be as short and direct as possible.
- You don’t need to connect pins one and two of the ATtinyX5 chip. Just desolder the wire.
- If you are using an ATtinyX5, or have a SCPH-101, then ignore pins A18 and D2.
- Use a multimeter to probe around for alternative VCC and GND points closer to where you position your chip for a cleaner installation.
- There may also be easier to solder to points for SQCT and SUBQ.
- Be super careful when soldering SQCT and SUBQ. It’s easy to bridge pins if you aren’t careful.
- Be careful with the DATA connection, it’s easy to accidentally knock the capacitor off the board.
This section has photos of some successful installations which you can use to get a better understanding of how everything is wired and positioned.
Here are some sample installations I have done in SCPH-101’s:
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