The Messiah chip has now been superceded by the Messiah 2 PRO

Features | InstallationUser Guide  | Price/Availability
Introduction 
Messiah is the World's Number 1  ModChip for your PlayStation 2.
This is a 100% Non Swap solution  to allow your PAL PlayStation 2 to load ALL Games and All Formats without the need to swap or patch the media.

The Messiah chip will not make your console a Multi-zone DVD player. See the DVD Multi-Zone problem below.  

One feature that stands out is the ability to load ORIGINAL IMPORTS. Why wait months for the New Zealand (PAL) release of the latest games like Final Fantasy X and Tekken 4 when you can buy the original USA or JAPAN release of the games from many of the online stores including:

Tronixs  - Tronix Multimedia Corp and NCS - National Console Support, Inc 
 
Features 
  • 100% Pure Messiah Code (also as used in the BootMaster/Elvis/Phoenix etc)
  • Load PlayStation 2 and PlayStation/PSone titles from ALL Regions - whether the game originates from the USA, JAPAN/ASIA or EUROPE/UK/NZ/AUS regions.
  • Load PlayStation 2 and PlayStation/PSone titles no matter what the media is - whether the games are on Original DVD-Rom/CD-Rom media, HK Silver DVD-Rom/CD-Rom media or DVD-R/CD-R (Back-up) media. 
  • Works in all NZ/AUS PAL PlayStation 2's EXCEPT SCPH 39002 - For models SCPH 30002 (V3/V4), SCPH 35002 (V4) and SCPH30002R (V5) released in New Zealand/Australia. The Messiah will also work with any other PAL PlayStation 2 (UK/Europe) models and some USA models but not the JAPAN or ASIAN PlayStation 2's.
  • NTSC-PAL Screen Fix - Will make sure that all NTSC (USA and JAPAN) titles are displayed in a full size screen on a PAL (NZ) TV system. No more black bands above and below the display or oversized displays
  • NTSC-PAL Colour Fix* - Will allow NTSC (USA/JAPAN/ASIA) regions to be displayed in colour on a PAL TV system, otherwise your TV set may display the NTSC games in B&W.
  • Only 23 Wires to be connected - See Installation section below.
  • NO Track cutting or Component removal
* Not a function of the Messiah chip but a simple mainboard hack to compliment the Messiah chip installation.
DVD Multi-zone DVD and Macrovision:
The Messiah will NOT Multi-Zone your PlayStation 2 and you will not be able to view movies from other regions except only Region 4 - NZ/AUS and Region 0 - Zone free. Also the Messiah will not disable the Macrovision system. 

Possible Work arounds: 
For the DVD Multi-Zone there is a public domain utility like Datel's Region X  Multi-Zone system. Simply download this file: DVD  Multi-Zone PAL (123K) , read the readme.txt and write the image to a CDR. I have not tried this tool myself and I have been advised that it works on V4 mainboards and not the V3 or V5 mainboards.   

For the Macrovision problem, I can supply a Macrovision Removal Modchip if required. A simple 4 wire install. 
 
Installation
Please ensure that you have read the DISCLAIMER - Installing the Messiah into your PlayStation 2  will NULL and VOID your warranty! 

The installation of the Messiah requires the right tools, materials and experience in soldering to surface mount components. There is a very high risk factor in installing this solution and it is recommended that you have someone who has very good soldering skills to install the Messiah for you otherwise you will end up with disaster on your hands as some of the soldering points are very small and difficult to solder. Messiah installation is not for the Amateur- be warned

Click here to see examples of some of my Messiah installations in the various NZ/AUS PlayStation 2's models.

1. Identify your model:
The list below will assist you in identifying your PlayStation 2 model.
 
What version Mainboard do I have (Applicable to NZ/AUS models only)?

Version 3 Mainboard
- Model Number will be SCPH 30002 (see label on left hand side on the rear of the PlayStation 2) and the bottom will have 10 screws holding the case together. I have also come across a few SCPH 30002's with V4 mainboard/case.

Version 4 Mainboard - Model Number will be SCPH 35002 (label on left hand side on the rear of the PlayStation 2) and the bottom will have 8 screws holding the case together and a "Electrical Warning Hazard Label". Also the Expansion Port cover is constructed from plastic and tin plate.

Version 5 Mainboard - Model Number will be SCPH 30002/R (label on left hand side on the rear of the PlayStation 2) and it will have 8 screws holding the case together and a "Electrical Warning Hazard Label" Also the Expansion Port cover is constructed from plastic only and has a extra screw behind the Expansion Port as shown in this photo.

It was reported that some of the SCPH 35002 models may possibly have a Version 5 mainboard. I have not seen one in this model yet. 

2. Solder the Configuration Jumpers:
Once you have identified your PlayStation 2 model, you need to set the configuration jumpers on the Messiah chip. Configuration diagrams are located below with the Installation diagrams. This MUST be done before you start to wire it into your PlayStation 2 otherwise you may damage your Messiah chip.

3. Solder the Messiah Chip into place
Below are links to the installation diagram pages for the various versions of mainboard in New Zealand  - Select the appropriate one for your mainboard and away you go. As I said earlier the installation should be carried out be someone who is competent at soldering to this level.

I use light hook-up wire for the 3.3VDC and GND connections. I use 38swg enamel wire (which is like a strand of hair) preferably the self fluxing type (easier to solder) for the 8 connections on the V3 and the 4 connections on the V4 to the controller chip. And finally all other connections I use 30swg wire wrap wire. Apart from that use the right tools and check everything!!!! 

 

Installation Diagrams

All diagrams have been tested with installations on NZ/AUS models

 Version 3 Mainboard View Diagrams Download Diagrams (3.3Megs)
 Version 4 Mainboard View Diagrams Download Diagrams (1.7Megs)
Version 5 Mainboard View Diagrams Download Diagrams (1.7Megs)
 
Messiah User Guide
Now that you have your Messiah installed - How do I use it. Basically you just insert your Title and away you go with the exception when loading PlayStation Titles - you have to double tap the RESET button - tell the Messiah chip to switch to PlayStation mode. Read the guide applicable to your version/model.


SCPH 30002 - V3 console

  • To play PS2 games, simply insert the game and press reset to play (all formats).
  • To play PSX backups, import originals & HK silvers, power-on the console, then press the reset button twice quickly (double press), this will then reset the console to play back these titles.
  • To play DVD films, press the reset button twice (double press) after power on to set the console to play back DVD titles.

SCPH 35002 - V4 console

  • To play PS2 games, simply insert the game and press reset to play (all formats).
  • To play PSX backups, imports & HK silvers, power-on the console, then press the reset button twice quickly (double press) this will then reset the console to play back these titles.
  • If your DVD driver version is 2.10 or higher (this can be checked by viewing the version information at the browser screen), to play DVD films, press the reset button twice (double press) after power-on to set the console to play back DVD titles.

SCPH 30002R - V5 console

  • To play PS2 games, simply insert the game and press reset to play (all formats).
  • To play PSX backups, imports & silvers, power-on the console, then press reset button twice quickly (double press), this will then set the console to play back these titles.
  • To play DVD films, press the reset button twice (double press) after power-on to set the console to play back DVD titles.
Pricing and Availability
Availability: Obsolete Item

The Original Messiah  PS2 modchip has now been replaced by the Messiah 2 PS2 modchip
 
Further information: 
If you have any questions, queries etc please email  Andrew at messiah@fatcat.co.nz

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