I am currently using a V4 PS2 with the old Swap Magic discs. I tried to backup a copy of NBA Street Vol 3 and it froze during the loading screen and it worked for other people. Some said my ps2 version was too old and to get an updated ps2 and a modchip. I am getting a v12 slim ps2 soon, and I read most of the forums on this site and they said modchips make your laser burn out faster, and in generally the slim ps2's laser are generically weak (ones bought before november), but if I buy one now does that problem still exist? Been a swap magic user for some time and am getting sick of swapping discs and eliminate it by using a chip. So has anybody installed the magic chip v kx and had no problems on it so far? Or should I just buy the "thick" ps2's? Thanks in advance!