V18 Modbo modchip installation diagram

The very last PlayStation 2 models used the V18 board revision. They were sold in most markets outside of Japan. Matching console model numbers and board numbers are listed below.

You can find the model number on the sticker on the bottom of the console, and the board number is printed on the PS2 main board if you take apart your console. Note that there can be multiple board numbers within a specific model number.

  • NTSC-U/C (USA):
    • SCPH-90001 (GH-071-42)
  • PAL
    • SCPH-90002 (GH-071-32, GH-071-42)
    • SCPH-90004 (GH-072-42)
    • SCPH-90006 (GH-071-42, GH-072-42)
    • SCPH-90007 (GH-071-42)

Note that there are multiple versions of the Modbo modchips available, but the installation diagrams are all the same. Some example versions are Modbo 3.0, Modbo 4.0, Modbo 5.0, and Modbo 750.

For more information about Modbo modchips click here, for more information about PS2 modchips in general click here.

V18 Modbo installation diagram

Modbo modchip pinout

 

V18 Modbo installation diagram (GH-071-42)

V18 Modbo installation diagram (GH-072-42)

Installation tips

Here are some tips I have for you when you are soldering your chip into a V18.

  • Using 30 AWG solid core wire works well for most of the points.
  • Use some thicker wire for the 5V and ground wires.
  • Using thinner wire for the (A), B, G, H, and I pins makes things a lot easier. 36 AWG enamel wire along with some flux and slightly pre tinning the pins on the chip seems to work well for me.
  • Make sure wherever you are putting your chip won’t cause any issues when putting the system back together, PS2 slims fit together very tightly.

Diagram success rate

Here’s a list of people who have successfully modded their console with this diagram. Leave a comment and I’ll add you to the list.

  1. William Quade (me)

Example installations

This section has photos of some successful installations which you can use to get a better understanding of how everything is wired and positioned. Leave a comment and I’ll add your installation to the list

  1. William Quade (me)

There isn’t much room underneath the board so I found placing the modchip partially off the edge of the underside worked well. Both in terms of having the wires short, and so everything went back together nicely.

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Wer Bn

Hello
I have the same board
How in the world have you soldered I,H,B,G?
they’re too small

edsel
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i used magnifiying glass 10x and 20x with LED light to see it clearly.

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SCPH 90001 GH-072-42 here. Finally, success but what a pain in the butt! It took me about 2 weeks and multiple failures booting to black screens. I had to remove the Modbo 5. Finally today, I tried to very slowly solder on the bios wires and those impossibly small 4 wires I, H, B, and G. I think the black screens were because of the bios wires lifting the chip legs. I used different points for the ground and 3.3v (I found a random post on reddit with a picture of a recently acquired slim with a modchip installed). I… Read more »

Moka
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Moka

I put one end of the wire at the letters

Where do I put the other

Moka
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Moka

Is there any chance of finding a step by step video on this

Moka
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Moka

How do I solder it without ruining the chip itself from the heat

NotU
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NotU

Pay someone who knows what they are doing.

Moka
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Moka

Can j stick the wires to the chip using duct tape

Van
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Moka, don’t take this in a mean way, but your questions are bordering on ridiculous, actually the last one smokes past any border and goes off the deep end. You seriously need to consider taking this job to someone who knows what they’re doing. I’m less worried about your soon to be ruined ps2, and more worried about you burning your house down with a soldering iron. Seriously buddy, take it to a pro.

edsel
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edsel

I successfully installed modbo 5.0 modchip to my PS2 scph-90004 using your guide. Able to run OPL games on my console without the use of FMCB memory card.

edsel
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Thank you William šŸ™Œ