[How To] Boot Games Off Network (SMB) With Playstation 2 (PS2) Using OpenPS2Loader (A Novice Guide)


Note: This tutorial shows networking steps for Windows XP and Windows 7. Why no Vista love? Because Windows 7 is better, and I ask you to consider ditching Vista for 7. Thank you. – Versatile

Revisions:

3-15-10:  Initial release. Expect revisions all year round guaranteed.

8-9-10: Added more information/clarifications to the router method.

6-24-12: Fixed video links.

10-6-12: Fixed video tutorial links.


Introduction:

The Playstation 2 (Fat or Slim) is a great console to have fun with. In fact, did you know that if you have a FAT PS2 (With the ethernet adapter), or a Slim PS2, that you can share PS2 games stored on the PC hard drive through the SMB network, and have the PS2 recognize it through Ethernet?

Sorry, did I lose you?  Let me paint an easier picture to understand:

1) You rip a PS2 game to your computer’s hard drive.

2) You setup the appropriate network information and share the correct PS2 folder that has your PS2 game data.

3) You boot the Playstation 2 console, and load homebrew program OpenPS2Loader.

4) OpenPS2Loader will start the network connection and it will automatically see your shared game folder on the PC. You select a game, and play!

Why do we want to do this:

The reason we want to load games off the Ethernet is because it is for sure 110% faster than playing games off the USB interface.  Furthermore, you are saving your laser. No longer do you have to insert a game disc into the PS2 and stressing your laser. Now you can use homebrew program OpenPS2Loader to start the network connection.

How do I get started?

My tutorial is based on the premise that you have an exploited memory card, and that Free McBoot is installed with the OpenPS2Loader program on it.  Lost? Don’t worry, follow the steps below:

1) Go to this link and watch the video, download the files.  This tutorial shows you how to install Free McBoot and create an exploited memory card.

[How To] Install Free McBoot on Slim Playstation 2

2)  Now watch this video, download the files. This tutorial shows you how to install OpenPS2Loader onto your memory card.

OpenPS2Loader Video

3) Now you need a cross over cable or a router with two ethernet cables.

4) Rip some PS2 games to a USB hard drive or to a folder on your computer. Read more about this process here.

Now read the tutorials below for your specific operating system, and whether or not you have a cross over cable or a router system.


Instructions (PC Section):

Go to the designated section below for Windows XP or Windows 7, crossover cable or router setup. After you get your Windows networking part of it setup, please jump to the next section about the OpenPS2Loader network settings to be set in the memory card.

Windows XP – Crossover Cable Setup

1) Ensure that Simple File Sharing is enabled (it should be on by default). To check do this:  My computer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab.

Scroll down in the window and make sure that “Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended)” is ticked. Press OK.

2)  We need to setup a shared folder.  Right click on the folder you want to share (or Partition drive), and go to “Sharing and Security”.

3) In “Network Sharing and Security”, place  a mark in the box for “Share this folder on the network”, then give the share name “PS2SMB”, which is the default name. Press OK.  See screenshot below.

4) Now we need to setup your network settings. Go to control panel, right click your Local Area Connection, and go to Properties.  Click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and go to Properties. Set it up like below and press OK.

PC section is done. Go to PS2 section.

Windows XP – Router Setup

Do not need to give your computer a static IP address.  Computer portion is done. Make sure you have an ethernet cord connected between router and PC, and another ethernet cord between router and PS2.  Please go to the PS2 section.

Windows 7 – Crossover Cable Setup

Sharing in Windows 7 is enabled by default.

1)  We need to setup a shared folder.  Right click on the folder you want to share (or Partition drive), and go to “Properties”, and then “Sharing Tab”.

2) Click on “Advanced Sharing”.  Click on “Share this folder”.

3)  Give share name of “PS2SMB”. Click OK.  Below is a screenshot of this process:

4)  Now click on “Network and Sharing Center”. It is the blue link as shown in the picture above.  Under the Public profile, please configure it as shown in the screenshot below:

Click save changes.

5) Now it’s time to setup the IP address. Go to control panel, to the network and sharing center. Click on “Change adapter settings”. Right click on Local Area Connection and go to properties.

6) Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and go to properties. Setup the settings as shown in screenshot below:

Press OK. PC section is now done. Go to PS2 section.

Windows 7 – Router Setup

Do not need to give your computer a static IP address.  Computer portion is done. Make sure you have an ethernet cord connected between router and PC, and another ethernet cord between router and PS2.  Please go to the PS2 section.


PS2 Section

Launch OpenPS2Loader. Go to the network settings and you want it to look like the settings below:

- PS2 –

IP: 192.168.0.10

MASK: 255.255.255.0

GW: 192.168.0.1

- PC -

IP: 192.168.0.2 (If using crossover cable, your static IP address of PC is 192.168.0.2. If using router method, then make sure the PC ip address matches what your router assigns your PC).

PORT: 445

SHARE NAME: PS2SMB

NOTE (added 8-9-10):  If your router has an ip address such as 192.168.1.1, then this is how your parameters will change:

- PS2 -

IP: 192.168.1.10

MASK: 255.255.255.0

GW: 192.168.1.1

- PC -

IP: 192.168.1.2 (If using crossover cable, your static IP address of PC is 192.168.1.2. If using router method, then make sure the PC ip address matches what your router assigns your PC).

PORT: 445

SHARE NAME: PS2SMB

You can leave network startup parameters on or off. My preference is off.  Click OK.

Now go to “Network Games”, and start the countdown.  If everything is working correctly, you will see your list of games and now you can play! Can you say success?!

Video Tutorial

Too lazy to read?  Want to see a video to make sure you are doing this right?  Watch the video tutorial below:

Posted on March 15, 2010, in playstation 2 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 566 Comments.

  1. I have been trying to figure this out all day. what am I missing? I keep getting “Cannot connect to SMB server:300″

  2. Hi Versatile, i’m having a problem. When i open OPL, i press X to run ETH and get the error :”Cannot connect to SMB server 300″.
    I formated my partition using FAT32 and burnt the game using USBExtreme. (God of War)
    Somehow, i succesfully played Mortal Kombat Armageddon today, but when i tried playing GoW it failed.. Help me, please :D

  3. I can’t seem to make SMB to work :(
    Information:
    OPL 0.9.2
    FMBC 1.94
    PS2 Slim Unit
    —Games works on USB mode
    —Using 2(Two) CAT5e Cables for the PS2 and for my Laptop
    —I’ve setup everything according to the video and also according to this blog post.

    My only problem is that I keep getting an error saying: Cannot connect to SMB server: 300

    Help would be very much appreciated, and Thank you :).

    -Regards
    Verg

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