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.
I sell Modbo 5.0 modchips in my store.
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)
- 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.
V18 Modbo installation diagram
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.
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
- 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.
Here is one installation I did. Some of the holes on the board don't actually have screws that go through them and can be used to route wires through. Keeping the chip further into the board (less overhang) makes it fit into the case a little nicer.
This is an older installation. I didn't use any of the holes on the board to route wires on this one. I also used thicker wires for the B, G, I, I lines.