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Old Feb 21, 2003, 10:13 PM
psxforever psxforever is offline
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Default DMS3 v1.1 review

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this review was posted by charlie_ps2 on another board

Here is the game test result for the DMS3 v1.1 tested on NTSC v8 model: SCPH-39006 BIOS 090 GH-022.

Please note that the update disk had to be created using specially padded files supplied by Divineo (who were very helpful). I used CDRWin to burn special cue/bin files and the upgrade worked. The upgrade cured Region Free problems.

The DMS3 v1.1 performs broadly like Magic 3.1 on PS2 games. It does not perform to the standards of Messiah 2. No DVD-R would boot and nor would some rips that wouldn't boot on Magic 3.x but did on Messiah 2. DVD9 and DVD9 backup were fine. Region Free worked fine. MM16 support was fine.

The Controller modes appeared to work although I had no way of knowing if Sleep mode worked. I scored that as a fail because it booted a backup game and did not reject an Region 1 DVD movie. Pressing EJECT for 1 second is a dodgy way of doing it and, of course, it ejects the tray. You put whatever object you wish into the disk tray and press EJECT again. You expect backup games to be rejected ans with out-of-region movies. Well that did not happen.

The Controller Modes needed the respective buttons to be pressed for 4 or 5 seconds from pressing RESET.

Xenosaga DVD9 NTSC-J Direct Boot------------------------100%
Xenosaga DVD9 NTSC-J Booted behind AR2/GS2--------------100%
Gran Turismo Concept DVD9 "Silver" NTSC-J Direct Boot---100%

FF X NTSC-U DVD original---------------------OK
GTA3 PAL DVD original------------------------OK
DOA2 NTSC-J DVD Original---------------------OK

GTA3 PAL DVD-R (Princo)----------------------RSOD
Tony Hawks 3 PAL DVD-R-----------------------RSOD
Headhunter PAL DVD-R-------------------------RSOD

EA NBA Street NTSC-U CD-R--------------------OK
Twisted MB Kalisto Rip CD-R------------------OK
GT3 Rip NTSC-U CD-R--------------------------RSOD
FIFA 2002 Rip NTSC-U CD-R------------------OK
Tony Hawks 3 Rip NTSC-U CD-R----------------RSOD
Woody Woodpecker NTSC-U CD-R-----------------RSOD

FF IX NTSC-J PS1 Original--------------------OK
FF IX NTSC-U PS1 CD-R------------------------OK
Syphonfilter 3 NTSC-U PS1 CD-R---------------OK
Spyro NTSC-U PS1 Original (Anti-Mod)---------NO - needs Jap Original in Sleep mode
Spyro NTSC-U PS1CD-R (Anti-Mod)--------------NO

AR2/GS2 GTA3 Orig. With Codes----------------OK
AR2/GS2 GTA3 DVD-R With Codes----------------NO - DVD-R

Toystory NTSC-U Movie------------------------OK
PAL Movie------------------------------------Not Tested

MM16 Save/Load (GTA3 PAL Orig)----OK
Boot on EJECT--------------------------------OK
Always Boot on Reset----------------------OK
Switch off Mode------------------------------NO

My overall impression of DMS3 v1.1 on the v8 PS2 was one of disappointment principally for two reasons:

DVD-R did not work on v8 although the DMS3 site implies support

Some DVD rips on CD did not work; these work on Messiah 2 on the same PS2
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Old Feb 22, 2003, 03:56 AM
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Needs sorting then... Thought it was sounding too good... Ah well. I'll stick to installing Messiah 2's then since the price of the DMS is so high and its the same as Magic 3 in terms of success rate!

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Old Feb 22, 2003, 05:44 AM
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haha - i was going to buy 5 of those too - glad i didnt have the money at the time! ive never seen a V8 yet, are they in the shops in the UK yet??

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Old Feb 22, 2003, 06:40 AM
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Yep! Haven't had one yet though, thank God! thats why I've stopped doing pre-chipped consoles mate, can't guarantee that I'll get a V7 anymore...

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Old Feb 22, 2003, 07:33 AM
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in john lewis they have the ps2 boxes out already with the ps2s in, so you can check if they are 39003 or not. hopefully the V8s have a different number!!

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Old Feb 22, 2003, 09:51 AM
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guys, this is a version 8 system that the DMS3 was tested on, no other modchip can do anything on a v 8 therefore we can't base our entire opinion of this chip on this review, we need more reviews of lower version systems before we can say solidly if this is or is not a good chip.
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