Alright, so I just got an old playstation (model 7501) and a pile of games from a friend who's moving and wanted to lighten his load. I'm a collector freak, so I like to have games in a handy case while keeping the originals in their cases on a display shelf. I found a modchip site, chipped the console, and went about making backups as per instructions found on this and other sites.
I know I'm using the proper settings, I tried CDRWin and CloneCD before settling on DiscJuggler, which is great. The games seem to work, they'll boot at least, so the chip isn't at fault. BUT any intro movies go at about one frame per minute and once into actual gameplay there is no sound, save for a choppy bit here and there. The originals work like a charm.
I'm using Taiyo Yuden CD-R's, so I don't think disc quality is a concern, and always read/write at slow speeds (1x-4x), and even tried higher speeds, just to see if it'd work. I'd heard the PSX laser was crap, so I tried adjusting the poteniometer every which way with no better results, and set it back to just a hair higher than it originally was, which seems to cause the backups to boot more reliably.
I'm at a loss, I really want to make this work after paying the exorbitant shipping fee for the chip, and I don't wanna pour more money into a replacement laser of the same model I have, as I'm not convinced it's technically faulty, considering the performance of the original games. I'd like to know if I could pull a laser out of a CD-RW drive and solder it in place, but only as a last resort, if indeed that's possible.
I know for a fact from days and days of searching internet archives that people have chipped consoles and burned CD-R's and things have turned out just peachy. What is wrong with mine and how can I fix this?