Installing a EurAsia 8-Pin MM3 Modchip (5501 and 1001 PS1)

This week, Thomas and I try out the EurAsia 8-Pin modchip for PS1 systems. With this modchip, your PlayStation can play backup discs, run homebrew programs, and games outside of your console's region.

The EurAsia 8-pin MMC is often the first result when searching for these IC's online, but are they worth the relatively cheap price? Within this video we install chips into a 5501 PS1 and a 1001 PS1 to test the chip's effectiveness.

The USA RCA Dimensia with SCART

Join Thomas and I as we travel across SC to acquire a special television - the RCA Dimensia is a TV with the SCART video/audio connection interface. SCART has a legacy of being high quality for game consoles, but it was only used overseas. However, the Dimensia line of high-end RCA equipment had a connector with the same pinout as Euro-SCART, meaning it is possibly the only TV in North America capable of natively facilitating enhanced graphical fidelity on our older consoles (in 60 hz).

Attaching a 5v Fan to a PS1

Come join Thomas and I as we walk through the process of adding a small 5v fan to the original PlayStation. The PS1, and especially the 1001 models, have a heat problem. AC power runs through the supply regardless of whether the console is on or not, meaning power is turned into heat and wasted. Furthermore, the heat buildup is enough to warp the disc assembly on early models making games unreadable.

Many forums have toyed with the solution of adding a fan to the console, but none have actually done it. We made a short film about adding the fan, and additionally adding a lamp cord to eliminate wasted power altogether.