Hey all! Due to a very busy summer I've been away from the PS2 scene for quite some time. After reading through the forums for a while tonight it seems that I've missed a heck of a lot! I used to have an idea of what kind of accessories and stuff I was going to get for my PS2 now that I have the money, but with all the cool new stuff, I'm totally at a loss! So I thought I would come here and get some advice from the pro's! Here's what I have so far: Old V1 PS2 Gameshark 2 V2 X-Port TV-Tuner Card (I play my PS2 on through my comp) Home-made slide card tool I bought the X-Port because I've noticed that PS2 memory cards seem to like to just up and die from time to time and I don't wanna lose my important saves! I've attempted several times to play backups with the slidecard + gameshark but I never seem to have any luck. One time i even tried swapping out the GS for an original game disc and it still crapped on me, so I'm now looking for a better way to play backups/imports. This is where I'm sort of at a loss. Here are my thoughts, thanks in advance for your help! Mod-chip: Seems like a good option. Only downfall is price. Chips themselves are somewhat expensive and although I have done a good deal of soldering in my time, after reading some other people's horror stories I don't know if I'm still willing to do it myself, so there's another wad of cash to have it installed. Flip-top: Seems cheaper/easier than a chip. Finding good-priced tops for V1 consoles is a bit tough. Slide-card: I think I'm just too stupid to get it to work right. HDLoader: This idea really excites me. Not only can I play backups (by loading them to the HD through my PC with one of the various programs out there) But it also saves wear and tear on my PS2's laser (which already sucks hard) The downside is the initial cost for the network adapter/HD and HDLoader software. I've heard that there are images of the HDLoader software out there but I would imagine these would still require a fliptop or chip to load. The other big downer is that my gameshark becomes obsolete with this method, and possibly my X-Port too. I'm not sure which of these methods (or a combination of) would be best for me. Can anybody help me out?