Since there are so many topics in this forum, I briefly looked through some recent ones and found nothing similar to mine so I decided to post it and hopefully get some answers. My fat ps2 just gave up on me for nth time, so I sold it on ebay because I'm fed up with fixing it. Now planning on getting new slim ps2. But before I do I want to make sure the rumors I heard about slim ps2 are true, because I had my old ps2 for 6 years and I know nothing about new slimmer ps2. Here goes: 1. Is it true that if you put modchip in v12-14 you also need to solder some sort of laser fix mod that prevents lens from burning (I heard its not needed if you have latest v15 ps2 or if you use swap magic)? 2. Also if I decide to use swap magic, is it true that not all games are compatible with SM and you also need to patch the game image before burning in order to make it work with SM? 3. I only use ritek or taiyo yuden media for burning dvds, are they good for slim ps2? If not what is? 4. Also are repair parts cheaper for slim ps2 than for fat ps2? 5. And if there is something I should know about slim ps2 that I didn't mention above, don't hesitate to tell me. I have no problem with modding console myself or swapping disks in order to play backups, what I want is the best solution that will result in my slim ps2 lasting longer. So if you had experience with slim ps2, and playing backups on it please share.