Odd modded PS1 for sale, anyone knows what this is?

Discussion in 'Sony PlayStation 1 & 2' started by Leotte, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Leotte

    Leotte Newbie

    May 9, 2018
    I saw this PS1 on sale with a description that looks like this: "PS1 Phat with HDD connector cable"

    Apparently its laser is broken but I can't recognize the cable in the pictures, it's a SCPH-9001 NTSC-U model.

    Could somebody with more experience with PS1 mods help me figure it out? It's not a serial port mod because this model doesn't have one I guess...

    Here are some pics from the console (can't post links, sorry): imgur. com /a/BEmUPS4
    Last edited by Leotte, Aug 16, 2018
  2. sarkwalvein

    sarkwalvein There's hope for a Xenosaga port.

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  3. iCEQB

    iCEQB GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 2, 2013
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    Could be anything, you have to open it up.
    Could be an extension for an external modchip, or a serial mod for debuging ... etc. etc. etc.

    RHOPKINS13 Geek

    Jan 31, 2009
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    No idea, as far as I know there was never a mod that allowed you to hook up a hard drive. PS-IO should let you play backups from an SD Card but it's expensive and always sold out.

    Perhaps if you took it apart and took pictures of where the cable was soldered to the motherboard that might give us a clue?
    Maybe someone's personal project.

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    Maybe it's meant to be plugged into an Arduino:
  5. migles

    migles All my gbatemp friends are now mods, except for me

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    maybe its a sata cable? which is pretty modern for the console... but probably ain't it...
    the first picture sucks, can't really see the cable..

    funny, how i just found my old phat ps1..
    open it up and post what info you can get, maybe its a cool project to copy and mod the old ps1 i got
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  6. smf

    smf GBAtemp Addict

    Feb 23, 2009
    Well that would be a very good reason to add a serial mod, because it doesn't have a port.

    The cable could plug into one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Premium-...-Module-5V-3-3V-Output-Adapters-/263777225536

    The other option would be that it's a controller cable for hooking up to a home made controller, because creating a cable that plugs into a PS1 controller port is a pain.
    Last edited by smf, Aug 16, 2018
  7. gamesquest1

    gamesquest1 Nabnut

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    its not a sata cable, could be pretty much anything, maybe it was someone making modchips who had a system with external port for testing chips before soldering them into consoles, or maybe the AV port was broken so they botched up a external hookup

    actually, looking at the picture again there is screw holes in the feet, I would guess maybe its some custom controller connector so they could have the console out on display in a shop without someone thinking to steal the controller
  8. skygames

    skygames Newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Apparently a Mod RGB Sync, used in the arcade monitor, fliperama.
  9. Leotte

    Leotte Newbie

    May 9, 2018
    Thank you for the link!

    Yeah I think it could be anything really... I might try buying and open it to see what could it be (it's on auction right now for some bucks).

    Thank you guys for the answers! I thought it was strange that I couldn't find any mod with this cable in the internet, and apparently no one has seen this too..
  10. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo and his tropane alkaloids

    Feb 13, 2015
    All non-slim PS1s have a serial port, the 900x and slims removed the parallel port (which is more wires than that) :)