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LED backlit (not slim) PS2

hmm... What to do with the huge empty expansion bay in a PS2? Why back light it with LED's of course!
 
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Step 1: Materials

1.) Male USB connector
2.) wire
3.) Electrical tape
4.) wire strippers
5.) solder and soldering iron

Step 2: Construction

This is quite simple, first solder your LED(s) to the wire observing polarity between the 2 LEDs ( anode to anode , cathode to cathode).Cover your connections with electrical tape to prevent the LED's from shorting on the metal inside the expansion bay. This is a picture of the LEDs attached to the USB connector.

Step 3: Connect Everything

Plug the Male USB connector into the PS2, turn on the PS2 and push the "reset" button, the LED's should now be on, if not check for shorts, if that doesn't fix anything then re-solder your connections. I think that I'm am supposed to use a resistor in my circuit, but i dont have any and it seems to work fine the way it is, i apologize for the lack of pictures, and the horrible pictures i did take (my camera is absolutely horrible) This is what my PS2 looked like after adding LED's to the Expansion bay, this project took me about 15 minutes ( my LEDs were pre-wired, all i had to do was connect them to the USB connector)

Enjoy your PS2 lighting experiences!
Talyc Aden5 years ago
So the LEDs are powered by the USB connection when the PS2 is turned on? I've never thought of that. I've been tinkering and trying to find someway to make it Light from the inside. so it looks a little.....'prettier'. Without the wiring going from front to back. See, I have a window in mine with Modded memory cards and Bluelight controllers, I'd like to find a way to put matching blue LEDs to light up the grill and the Window.
id go right off the psu
iv got no clue what the voltages are tho so if anyone knows please share
jay_78455 years ago
what voltage do the led`s have to be ???
correct me if im wrong but most voltage from usb ports is 5v and 1A
A+NON+O+MUS5 years ago
i toke the case of mine and added LED to the mother board. works kinda like this but u have to make a clear case.
jamez_9165 years ago
im going to post an instructable soon on how i just built a battery powered slide-in peice with a switch it takes a little longer but it eliminates the usb cord wrapped around ur ps2 and gives ya lots more light
xCeasarx5 years ago
cant u just use a battery and stick it in the expansion bay as it is connected to the LED and what if people want to put their harddrive back there
this is sweet!!! i have got to do this
psyfertech6 years ago
when i first started modding my ps2 i used the usb method but if you want to know the other way to wire it without usb just email me here campbell386@yahoo.com
Shifrin6 years ago
I'm going to give this a try!
Mr.Devious7 years ago
Well depending on the revision of the ps2, they can be easy to completely dissemble and not easy. Belive me I know, I had black plastic shavings all over my carpet from dremeling an empty case. But anyways, if you were serious about making it look good, I would take a peice of plexiglass long enough to cover that whole front grille of the ps2. Then I would place whichever colour of led I was using at both ends and most likely mess around with a voltmeter and the psu to find a suitable power source. This would yeild in a bitchin mod and look cleanly done too. If I ever get a hold of a regular ps2, I'll make a instructable of it, but for now all I have it my slim so por shame to me. Btw: despite what people say, slims load as fast or faster ;-)
HemiHunter7 years ago
lol i battery oped mine by wiring a few nine volts together i take it out when i get tired of it so the batterys wont die
SimoMies7 years ago
The reason you should put the resistor is that otherwise the led may burn, as it gets too much current. Usually leds(super power, teh thingys i use) take 15-30mA:s of current. With that you can solve the size of the resistor. The formula is R=U/I Where R is the resistance, U is the voltage and I is current. For example. If you're using leds with values of 23mA:s and 3,6V:s, and the voltage source is 5V:s then it's 1,4/0,023. it's about 61ohms. Simple, eh?
Crash21087 years ago
I was going to do that but I forgot about it. Now with the Ps3 coming out, I would rather mod that.
There are rumors that the PS3 have more problems then the 360 did. Also said that the graphics on the released games were more or less the quality of the PS1 games.... probably why these people opted to make a grill out of theirs':
http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/11/ps3_grill.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890

I'm gonna wait til the prices plummet before getting one anyways. With $700 (a PS3 and a $100 game), you can buy yourself a brand new computer that will run almost as fast as the PS3 and allow you to do alot more on it.
looks kinda sloppy any ideas on ho to make it internal or something + I have an online thing
Solder power wires to the fan connection and run them to the bay. Drill a hole to it under the motherboard.
Or directly from the PSU or the USB box.
frank113 (author) 7 years ago
Honestly the only reason i did this was because i got bored, but didn't want to tear it all apart, instead just kinda do it half assed, you probably cant tell by the horrible pictures, but it looks great
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