Softmodding a PS2 Slim 9004 in 2018?

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  1. NoNAND
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    Hello i'm really sorry if this has been asked times before but
    i'd like to know if theres a way to softmod my 9004 slim ps2 model
    i got a ps2 for free recently with 16 games yet none of them are what i want to play
    how do i install freemc boot. the dvd rive works correctly and i have 2 8mb memory cards
    or is modchip the only solution
    i want to play backup isos and homebrews with this
    thankyou
     
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  3. Ryccardo

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    Check the data code on the sticker, 8A and lower (the order is 7D, 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 9A...) is guaranteed to support "updates" from memory card, most 8B too, a few 8C, and no 8D/higher

    ...assuming the motherboard wasn't replaced...
     
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    unfortunateky the sticker is torn

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    how do i check bios and data code
     
  5. Ryccardo

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    Then your only (practical) option is trial and error: get a cross-region installation of FreeMCBoot (any option is usable - already modded console, PS3 memory card adapter, swap disc, homebrew loading disc, just buying one) which at least will be useful even if you need to add a chip or trade with another console, then just try it directly...
     
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    You can also use at least one of the action replay versions, iirc I used max evo With a version of ulaunch to run the installer.

    May be one alternative to freemcboot or something like swap magic.
     
  7. Ryccardo

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    Yep: homebrew loading disc :) (which is a side feaure of some cheat discs and the last version of Swap Magic Coder)
     
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  8. NoNAND
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    i better buy a modchip and be done with it

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    dont tell me 9004 model cannot be hacked through modchips as wel..
     
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    Unfortunately that doesnt seem to be a method to detect the rom version.

    Only methods Ive seen involve either trying it, the date code or using homebrew through other means.
     
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  11. NoNAND
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    Ok.
     
  12. Ryccardo

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    Correct, the rom version that disabled updates is 2.30, but you can't see that using official software
     
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    your best bet would be to install a modchip, even if your console is softmodable it doesn't hurt to have one installed to play games that have problems running through opl or to play ps1 backups.
    you'll still need a swapmagic disk or a hacked ps2 to install the dev1 boot to your memory card though.
     
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  14. NoNAND
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    Modchips are better
     
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