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Re: [vox] FS: PlayStation 2



Just a tip:  The drive in Playstation 2 and 3 have been well documented to be sub-standard quality and not made for the continuous spin that DVD movies put on them,  I very much recommend against watching movies on any Playstation console. 

2009/10/8 Bill Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net>

I have an original Sony PlayStation 2 (model SCPH-30001, NTSC) that we
bought back when the PS2 first came out, back in 2000.

The drive is starting to fail, I think, which may be repairable.
However, rather than repair it, I decided to just grab the new PS2 slim,
which recently dropped in price down to $99.

Now, why would anyone -- especially from LUGOD -- be interested in taking
this old PS2 off my hands?  Well, being an original PS2, it includes
an "Expansion Bay" in the back, and two USB and an "i.LINK S400" port on
the front.  (The latter is apparently Sony's brand name for IEEE 1394,
which most of us probably know as "FireWire" (Apple's name for it).)

With all this expandability, it's possible to get a hard drive and
run Linux on the thing!  (In fact, Sony came to LUGOD back in 2003 to
talk about Sony's own "Linux for the PlayStation 2" kit.
Find slides and photos via: http://lugod.org/meeting/past/2003.01.07.php )

This is not something I ever did with my PS2, but others in LUGOD have
done it.  (Seth brought his PS2 running Linux to some LUGOD hands-on demos
at the Davis Food Co-Op.)  And, sadly, Sony doesn't seem to support it
any more.  (playstation-linux.com is a squatter site, and searching for
the Linux kit on the playstation.com site brings up no results.)
However, a quick search on eBay found a kit for about US$250.
Pricey, but I'm guessing the kit is rare.

Now, aside from running Linux on the thing, you can also, obviously,
play PlayStation 2 (and original PlayStation) games, as well as watch
DVD movies. (Region 1, of course.)

The main difficulty we've had lately is with a brand-new game we got
that's on a blue-colored disc.  Another brand-new game with a silver disc
has worked fine every time.  And some brand-new (though slightly
toddler-abused) movie DVDs have been finnicky.  So your mileage may vary.
And if you want to actually use the thing seriously (watch movies every
night, or play games every day), you might want to go have the drive
looked at.

For specs and such, see the Wikipedia article on the PS2.  Again, it's
the origianl model (not the Slim or poorly-named "PSX" edition).
It looks like this:
 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/PlayStation_2.png

I don't have the stand (for setting it upright, as in the picture above),
or the original box.  I probably have the manuals somewhere.

I've got an 8MB memory card and a wired "Dual Shock 2" controller I
can throw in.  I've also got a tentacled multi-system A/V cable
(stereo + composite + S-video) that I might be willing to part with if
you're desparate.  (I might need it for the PS2slim, or I might decide
the Dreamcast finally deserves some S-video love.)

How much am I asking?  How about $0.00 or best offer. :)

--
-bill!
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