"Best" PS2 model?

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  1. sp193

    sp193 Site Soldier

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    All PlayStation 2 consoles are capable of the same documented video modes. The only exception that we know of, is the 576P mode (0x53), which was added with the SCPH-50000 and later, but I don't know where it is even used...

    I don't think it was ever mentioned in any Sony documents we have now. If somebody has a proper answer to this, I am interested too.

    I guess it was related to the Sanyo OP block. The F-chassis (GH-015) was the first model to be documented to support the Sanyo SF-HD7. The interesting thing is that the GH-013 is also found under the R-type console model. @l_oliveira mentioned before that despite it not being documented to support the SF-HD7, it seemed to be capable of it because of what it does when the SF-HD7 is installed. When the wrong OP block is installed, the PS2 will fail to read discs, but newer models seem to eventually switch over to the right defaults for the SF-HD7. Since the GH-013 seemed to be able to do it, it might have the capabilities for it. But who knows whether it was really meant for this.

    Or it could be something like "Refresh", since the only regions with these models only included US & Europe, which already had earlier expansion bay models (B & C chassis). There were also quite a number of D-chassis mainboard models, with some under the SCPH-300xx & SCPH-350xx models, to make things confusing.
    When Japan got the first expansion-bay PS2, it was a D-chassis SCPH-30000.

    The GH-013 is a D-chassis model, while GH-015 is a F-chassis. The F-chassis had a number of new things, like the BGA-mounted MECHACON (CXP103049), support for the new Rohm RTC, support for both the Sony and Sanyo OP blocks.
    D-chassis models included GH-010, GH-012, GH-013, GH-014, GH-016.
     
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  2. HI_Ricky

    HI_Ricky Enthusiastic Member

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    R = Region Config
    like this SCPH-30006R , it a Hong Kong ver. DVD region 3 , NTSC/J and 220-240V ,
    funny play Pal DVD in NTSC system ;)
     
  3. sp193

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    But this model isn't known to have the region parameters stored in EEPROM, as it only has 1 DVD player. Are you sure your SCPH-30006 R doesn't have a modchip and the DVD is not region-free?
     
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    HI_Ricky Enthusiastic Member

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    I dont rember , need take out the 30006R to try XD
     
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    With ROMVER 1.50 or 1.60 ? Mine has 1.60, from 2001/04/27, and a GH-013 mobo.
    One of my SCPH-30001 R units has the same ROMVER and the same mobo. It's the earliest ROMVER I found in a R...
    As far as I know, SkipMc and SkipHdd were implemented to OSDSYS of BOOTROM v1.60.
    Sounds like "R" stands for Revision (of existing models), for the purpose of standardizing stuff between regions...
     
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    That, I do not know. The Sony service tool only indicates that it exists, and that the B and C chassis models were not applicable for Japan.
    Their DTL-H30000 was a D-chassis, 0150JD20010118. Does not support KELF decryption.

    I have a dump from a SCPH-30004 R, ROMVER 0150EC20001228. This wasn't included in the PS2Ident database because I do not have its mainboard model and somehow could not get it from its contributor. :(
    But because I know it has a CXP102064, it is a D-chassis board. Likely GH-013. So maybe I didn't include it back then because I did not have enough details to conclude it was a GH-013, so maybe I can add it in now...
     

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