Introduction: Mod a PlayStation 2 Slimline for FREE! NO CHIPS!

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In this tutorial, I will teach you how to mod your playstation 2 to play imports and backups. This process will take 5 (-) minutes. You need swap magic discs which you can find online.

Step 1: Disassembling the Ps2.

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Turn the playstation upside down and unscrew the screws.
*NOTE* This will void your warranty.

Okay. Now you have it disassembled. . . Do not touch the power ribbon.

Step 2: Modding the Hardware

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To mod the inside, take a look at the picture. You will see a small cap like piece in the very top right where the red square is.

Layer 2 or 3 pieces of duct tape around this so the cap is not visible. You can also use scotch or masking tape, but duct is recommended.

Once you taped it up, you can put your playstation 2 back together.

Step 3: Last Step of Modding

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This is the last step! Woohoo. Once you put your console back together, open the flip top. Look at letter A in this picture. Don't worry about C or B. There is a small hole in letter A, which is where the flip top closes at.

Take a 1-2cm or so of toilet paper or any tissue and roll it up a little ball, and stick it in the little hole. Open and close it a couple times to get it to stick in there.

Boot up your swap discs and start playing backups! I have been doing this method for months.


SinomraD (author)2016-06-18

Hi. I just bought a ps2 slim and a ps2 fat (2nd-hand obviously). However, the seller did not give me any disc to play with. Do I really need to have a working disc before I can play burnt games? Or is there a work-around for my case? I don't seem to know any place to buy PS2 games since PS2's pretty outdated now :/

AmalN4 (author)2016-05-18

Hey my ps2 not playing some games but itz copy cds help me!!!

quantum_mechanik (author)2016-05-17

I cannot see the screws on this guy.

MazniM (author)2016-05-08

Can swap magic boot ulaunchelf and how to do that

ChiragB7 (author)2016-04-23

Wflash00, can i play without cd,i mean can i play with pendrive or something.

dutchboy12 (author)2010-06-20

I just did the mod but i don't have the swapmagic disc and can't buy one =.= is there any other alternative that works with ps2 slim? or maybe involving downloading swapmagic or something?

Wflash00. (author)dutchboy122016-04-05

Yes there is an alternative to that god forsaken waste of money swap magic. I mean it was handy the first time but everyone found ways around paying $20 for a DVD that you only use once. There are many games out there that have files on them in .elf format, and they are pretty much like .exe's except for ps2. The most famous is 007 Agent Under Fire. By replacing the .elf on the DVD with a program called CogSwap, you can install a softmod called FreeMcBoot. Then from there, you can also use CogSwap to play backed up PS2 games. I did that with sooooooo many PS2 games and it works great. There were a fre problems I had but only due to scratches and burn errors

neo-sky (author)2011-01-06

can it work with the old ps2?

Wflash00. (author)neo-sky2016-04-05

Not quite. 2 different things to do instead; use a swap card, or buy a flip top case to replace the original case

jhselti (author)2011-01-16

can you just use a drop of super glue to keep it down

Wflash00. (author)jhselti2016-04-05

You can, but if you wanted to take it off at one point, you wouldn't be able to with the superglue

jetiang (author)2011-06-03

i have copies of ps2 games and im wondering whether this modchipping can help me play the games

Wflash00. (author)jetiang2016-04-05

Three things: 1. I know you posted this 5 years ago, and if you didn't get the answer you were looking for in 5 years time, sit tight. 2. You don't need a modchip to play those, and I wouldn't recommend getting one anyway. 3. Have you heard of FreeMcBoot? If you install FreeMcBoot using a few rare obscure games due to high demand due to the discovery of the FreeMcBoot mod, you can install a program called CogSwap. That program lets you play backed up PS2 games (not PS1 games in my experiences) because it takes the Identification credentials from a real PS2 game and uses it for those games so they can run correctly. Hope I helped if you didnt find out already.

john henry (author)2012-05-20

so how exactly does putting duct tape on a part do anything to mod it?

by this logic i could sprinkle gold dust in it to make it a super computer.

Wflash00. (author)john henry2016-04-05

Know this is an old comment, but it triggers the sensor that activates the DVD drive when the lid is closed. It lets the CD/DVD in the drive spin while the lid is open

pivoteer556 (author)john henry2013-09-27

It holds down the sensor that tells the game system it's closed. By taping it down, you manually tell it that it's closed. Then, you tape the toilet paper in to hold the other sensor down (or for a less permanent fix, use a pencil. The way you use backups is through correct timing of when to switch disks.

ColtonG (author)2016-03-07

This can run games off cd' and dvd's right?

scaryduck21 (author)2010-12-08

I though its the same model as what i have...

but when i dissasembled my ps2.

It's not the same..

My PS2's model is SCPH-90002

Does someone know how to modify this kind of model?

gulrickson (author)scaryduck212015-02-08

>> [scaryduck21] A little word of advice....

Don't tell people your PS2 SCPH #

spoo76 (author)gulrickson2015-08-19

I don't see any harm in sharing the SCPH#. its just a model #. Its not unique to each console. Its not like an IP or MAC address. Besides, the oldest of these consoles are already 15 years old

PS2_Modder (author)scaryduck212015-03-14

I know this is a very old comment, but for those looking for the answer:

You CANNOT mod a PS2 with SCPH-9XXXX

mitchk1 (author)2015-01-12

does it work?

ddeleon5 (author)2011-12-11

please help me why do we need to mod our ps2?????????????? please help meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

AxelF2 (author)ddeleon52014-12-25

We need to mod our ps2 to play games installed to a (fake) cd from the internet

dawn9883 (author)2014-10-03

my son did some thing to mod my ps2 but this looks different when u do this is it glitch like the drink straw and tissue method is what he did and the swap disk he puts in but is very loud and hard to get it to work im afraid it will rune my ps2 will this work with out problems

dawn9883 (author)2014-10-03

my son did some thing to mod my ps2 but this looks different when u do this is it glitch like the drink straw and tissue method is what he did and the swap disk he puts in but is very loud and hard to get it to work im afraid it will rune my ps2 will this work with out problems

robmawe91 (author)2014-04-29

I don't see how this would work but

Does any one know if you can do this to the older fat models?

stschonghyy (author)2013-01-04

It works with SCPH 77004?

XxsonicxX (author)stschonghyy2013-09-28

Words of wisdom... NEVER say your SCHP #

dansvank (author)XxsonicxX2014-02-13

Why is that? As far as I know the most you can tell from the scph number is the ps2 version and region.

chinya (author)2012-07-11

im gonna give you advice dont modify game system only do it went the system dont work

sjefferys (author)2011-11-17

I'm not gonna lie;I am kinda unable to unscrew the cover...just causing the screw to wear out.

sjefferys (author)2011-11-15

wow,hope it works because it is really sucks to do this professionally,thanks in advance!

Darbysboy1 (author)2007-12-20

one example: notice that the moving array of blue lites is now just one unmoving one. i mean like WTF man!

Lykkan (author)Darbysboy12011-07-14

that means your clock isn't set...

jhselti (author)Darbysboy12011-01-16

anyone know how to fix this i have the samething on mine. one day it worked then i went to go play it the next day and it did this

Marios_shadow (author)Darbysboy12008-02-15

Set the clock and calender in System Configuration.

lalo555 (author)Marios_shadow2008-03-08


aby_b (author)2010-09-10

I downloaded swap magic and burned them into a dvd.. When i insert it into my ps2 it says please insert a ps2 format disk . Can anybody help ????

aditya0115 (author)aby_b2011-03-25

it will not work because u will need an original disk to boot i ve also tried

Hollow_Zer0 (author)aby_b2010-11-17

Hey, to use the burned copy of swapmagic like you are trying to do, you would need a modchip. the original swap disc is burned into an official ps2 disc, therefore the un "modchipped" ps2 will think it is an official game. so the answer is no, you need the original, purchased disc.

sft krystal (author)2011-03-25

do u need to buy the disc or what i did the steps on here but it say u need format disc what that

brenner21 (author)2011-03-11

Segítséget szertetnék kérni ehhez a Sony Playstiton 2 höz 2003 kiadásu kicsipelési kép kelene!!!!SOS

cody777 (author)2011-02-11

wish i could do this for my phat
worked well for my sisters slim tho

godzillalikespie (author)2011-01-19

Thanks so much! I did this a little differently but I needed a guide to cover up the first sensor you covered. Instead I covered up sensors A and B while the ps2 was still apart, I found it much easier way because I could tape sensor B into closed position from the bottom. I did a quick test and sure enough, the disk spun with the door open!

aby_b (author)2010-11-19

Thanks A lot !!!!

db102 (author)2010-05-19

Why do you need this step if u still need a swap disk after this?
I just put a screw into the hole for the stopper and cardboard into the one for the lid and it plays burnt games if i load with real one first.
I thought this step would allow u to not need a swap disk but it doesn't sound like it

tschuler (author)db1022010-08-24

you guys are dumb

thedarkotaku (author)db1022010-07-26

i found this out when the first psone came out. of course everyone knows you can do this with ps1 discs in the ps2 as well but here is from my old website its a guide to play burned psone games using an original disc and a burned disc. its pretty simple. anyone needs any help gettin this to work hit my email up

Bloaty (author)2008-05-01

This is the crappiest instructable i have ever seen! It isnt free! It isnt original! It isnt even made by this person!

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