yeah i heard that many people were having problems with the spider chip. you would have to do additional work and stuff. i almost bought it but im glad i dodged a bullet. yes you can softmod but its just a pain gathering all the programs and items. but i have managed to collect them all just waiting on a crossover cable from my friend. i hear windows xp is the best for soft mods. anyhow if you are getting a chip i do highly reccomend on xenium or xecutor(the solder kind)its just my opinion though. look up their websites and they will direct you to official retailers that you can trust. i hope i can help you guys out some here. trying to help back because a lot of ppl has helped me. any more questions then feel free to ask me.