Hi, I am considering buying a pre-modded PS2(http://www.modchip.ca/products/ps2/premod.php) but I have some questions. After browsing these forums, I noticed that it appears that it is possible to play PAL games on a NTSC PS2 using some kind of conversion process. Is it reliable or are there some side effects? The FAQ list mentions that using cheapo media will burn the PS2 laser. Does that happen often? Overall, are modded PS2 reliable(ie. will it go up in smoke within a few months?) or not? I ask, because my friend had one modded and it went up in smoke within a few hours. Thanks for any information. If a question I asked was answered somewhere else, just point me to where it was.