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MAGIC2 Clip Review - Playstation
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Magic2 Clip 2.10 By- LOD
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Test Console: SCPH-39001 v7 NTSC PS2
Test Chip: Magic 2 v7 w/Magic 2 Clip Kit v2.10 by Neoasic.com
25-Watt fine tip soldering iron
Pictures: Picture1 Picture2 Picture3
The Newly redesigned Magic2 clip was provided by Neoasic.com.
Big thanks to them for supplying this for a review.
Installation of the 2.10 Magic 2 clip was quite easy. First
off secure the Bios Clip. This went well if fit much better
than previous designs in that I had no problem getting a secure
connection the first time around. The clip also has an area
so that it can easily be removed in case something happends
or the clip needs to be readjusted. Neoasic suggests mounting
the Magic 2 to the main board. At first I did this for the
sake of following directions but I did not like the position
and removed it from the board and went to the next step. I
will save the mounting of the Magic 2 for last after i securely
mounted the clip and soldered the few wires that were needed.
The ext step Solder 7 wires. In this step I trimmed the
wires to their proper length striped them and pre-tinned all
the exposed ends keeping the wire ends as short as possible.
I also pre-soldered all the connections to the board before
any wires were attached. Separate wires were also attached
for 3.3v and the GS support wire (Z). The last of the connections
were to the CD/DVD controller Here is where the new clip kit
comes in handy, the separate board they supply works very
very well and defintely comes in handy for people who lack
the proper soldering skills. I used some tape to position
it before it was soldered I did NOT pre-tin any of these connections.
Flux was used to coat the controller pads and clip pads. Once
I had it taped in the right spot all that was needed was a
dab of solder on each pad. The tape was left on for stability.
Its kind of flimsy and thin but it has to be in order to fit.
Adding some glue from a glue gun or using a piece of double
sided tape and placing it under this board would work nicely
to prevent the other end from moving too much. Next I simply
connected the wire plugs into the Clips. The next step
is mounting the chip I chose to mount it on top of the metal
frame instead of sandwiched in between the board and metal
frame. First off before it reinstalled the metal frame I noticed
that one of the clips came very close to the metal frame of
the unit. I grounded off 1/16 of an inch off the metal frame
where the BIOS clip is located, though this was a personal
preference and may not be needed on your unit, using tape
to cover it would be fine as long as the clip can just go
over the end of the frame. After my little grinding down adventure
with the metal frame, it was put on and the wires were fed
though openings in the metal frame. The chip was located in
a spot so it would NOT interfere with the power supply and
cause problems. Next I connected the plugs into the Magic
2 and connected the 3.3v and (Z) wire. The plastic that insulates
the power supply from the frame was modified buy cutting a
small square out so the large chip on the magic 2 would not
distort the plastic insulator so much you could not get the
power supply back on. I was finished in about an hour with
the whole process. And guess what it worked the very first
time around! I was very happy with the install. Im sure the
2.10 clip kit would be good for novice installers if patience
is used. I can recommend the 2.10 clip kit for people that
want to minimize the number of wires needed to be connected
it can be a great help for some people. Im truly convinced
that the Neoasic team has begun to perfect their clip kits
and this new version is no exeption.
NOTE: There are a few pictures of the install at the top
of this review one shows the final position of the chip on
top of the metal frame. In my opinion this is the way to go.
the wires unfortunately, are not long enough to place the
chip near the Hard drive Bay where it would stay away from