How to Mod a PS2 Memory Card

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How to Mod a PS2 Memory Card
An LED will inform you when the PS2 memory card is reading or writing information to the PS2. (red led image by Kir from Fotolia.com)

The PlayStation 2 (PS2) accepts memory cards that are used to store and return information about games when needed. You can modify (or "mod") a PS2 memory card so that a LED will light up when reading or writing data-letting you know that the PS2 memory card is working correctly. You will need a few hardware supplies and a LED purchased from a hobby store. Adult supervision is necessary if the person modding the PS2 memory card is underage since a soldering iron will be used.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Utility knife
  • 3 volt red LED
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Portable drill
  • Bonding glue
  • Compressed air

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put a sheet of newspaper on a work surface.

  2. 2

    Insert the tip of the utility knife into the left side of the PS2 memory card. Wiggle the tip of the utility knife to loosen the front shell of the PS2 memory card from the back shell.

  3. 3

    Repeat this procedure on the top, bottom and right side of the PS2 memory card.

  4. 4

    Pull the front shell of the PS2 memory card off the back shell with your fingers. Place the front shell aside

  5. 5

    Place the front shell aside. Place the back shell on the newspaper with the circuit board facing up and the gold contacts at the bottom.

  6. 6

    Heat up the soldering iron for five minutes.

  7. 7

    Solder the end of the longer conductive pin of the two attached to the red LED to the gold contact on the circuit board that is the fourth from the left. Let the solder cool for a minute.

  8. 8

    Solder the end of the other conductive pin attached to the red LED to the first gold contact on the left of the circuit board. Let the solder cool for a minute.

  9. 9

    Drill a hole in the top middle of the back shell with the portable drill.

  10. 10

    Blow off the back shell with compressed air.

  11. 11

    Bend the red LED's conductive pins so that the head of the LED is up against the hole in the back shell.

  12. 12

    Apply bonding glue around the head of the LED to cement it in place. Let the bonding glue dry for three hours.

  13. 13

    Snap the front shell back onto the back shell.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a fine tip on the soldering iron so solder doesn't get on the other contacts.
  • Breaking off the conductive pins of the 3 volt red LED will render it unworkable.

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