10-30-12: Initial release.
Some of you guys know this, but some may not, but I run a Youtube channel called vstPower. I could tell you the sad sob story of how GameDexterity was shut down by youtube after 3 years, 9400+ subs, but I’m not going to.
That is what the first video upload on vstPower channel is all about. Rather, I am here to talk about something else that most people may not even realize, and that is about the PS2 playlist!
In the coming weeks, I will go back to old PS2 articles I have written and update them so that they reference the correct video, but in the meantime, did you know that everything that you need to know about PS2 modding, FMCB, and more is right here under your nose?
All you got to do is check out the PS2 playlist, watch a few videos, and get up to speed! But don’t take my word for it, as they say, seeing is believing.
Click the link below, check out some of the PS2 videos, and if you got questions, either leave a comment on the Youtube video, or leave one here. Thanks!
PS2 Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8FB2D7062B84BBBA
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
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.
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!
I will not bore you guys with the details. If you are a L4D fan, you know exactly what this is. If you are (or aren’t) a L4D player and you don’t know what this campaign is, then let me fill you in.
Basically, this is a 5 year campaign that has finally come into reality. This is based off of the zombie movie Dawn of the Dead (2004) where a team of survivors are in a world full of zombies, and their goal is basically travel from town to town and survive.
A popular part of the movie is the “Crossroads Mall”, and man this team has nailed it right on in this campaign. Never have I seen daylight in a L4D map before, and with such great custom music, sharp textures, and randomized puzzles! There are literally tons of easter eggs in this map, and to those who have donated some money to help with the developer’s computer get fixed have their name featured in the map.
Nonetheless, lets get to the more important stuff:
DOWNLOAD DEAD BEFORE DAWN NOW!
To make it easy, we have a link to it on our L4D site at http://www.tinyurl.com/l4dguide. Always go there for the latest L4D 1 patches and news.
Here are some mirrors for the actual map:
See my gameplay video below:
Learn about XBMC, I have this on my xbox as well. If interested, let me know and I will show you how to install it on your modded xbox.
Guys, I was looking around at LifeHacker and I was brought to this article where this guy used rubber elastic bands from his craft store to tie up his hard drive. The effect? The elastic bands takes case of the vibrations, so it does not go through the rest of the case. Pretty cool, eh? Of course, there is a slight temperature rise in the hard drive itself, since it is not secured to the hard drive chassis for conduction.
Nonetheless, a very sick DIY mod. Check out the rest of the article below:
Foreword: After a year and a half later, I have decided to re-write this guide, because honestly, it was not my own and it was presented very poorly. Remember, I do no support piracy. Use the USB method to play your games on the hard drive to help your PS2 laser last longer. The performance will vary, but that is up to you if you want to stick with it. Good luck! (6-13-09) ~Versatile
IMPORTANT NEWS (5-1-10): It seems that there are a lot of dishonest users on the Internet that are copying this guide without giving credit back to me, Versatile. Because of this, I will be looking to update all the pictures in this article to have a watermark. We have an active team scouring the net for those who have copied this article. If caught, we will be forced to take action against you. This is your warning. – Versatile
[Update: 1/15/08] I have gotten Viewtiful Joe 2 to copy to my hard drive, and I was able to boot off the hard drive and play it on the PS2. Now my laser will live longer! All help will be given in the comments as usual.
[Update 2/13/08] Added link to SKS Apps. Without that site, this tutorial is nothing.
[Update 7/13/08] Added 2 new youtube videos of my own!
[Update 11/25/08] I am so frickin sick of people asking why their game doesn’t work and all they see is a black screen. Is it because your game isn’t compatible? Check out this list below and stop whining, or use swap magic and ditch the whole USB hard drive all together. The USB 1.1 performance IS NOT WORTH IT in my eyes.
[Update 6-8-09] Re-wrote the whole tutorial. Will expand upon the USB Extreme GUI interface software at a later date.
[Update 6-12-09] Re-wrote major sections of the tutorial again to make it more clear.
[Update 6-13-09] Added new Youtube Video tutorial on the USB Extreme Windows Installer!
[Update 6-28-09] Added new Youtube Video tutorial on list of selectable games!
[Update 12-18-09] Here is another source for finding compatibility list:
[Update 12-25-09] Fixed the instructions, I left some important notes out.
Note: USB advance is in last column. Everything else is for HDAloader.
[Update 12-26-09] Added new PS2 Slim USB Booting tutorials. Enjoy!
[Update 1-9-10] Added free mcboot video.
[Update 9-24-12] Removed old video tutorials.
[Update 9-25-12] Added new video tutorial.
[Update 12-6-12] Fixed video tutorials to be consistent.
The PS2 is a great console. After 9+ years, it is still going strong. With the new $99 price point, more and more people are getting the PS2 to play old school PS2 games. What better way to preserve your games and your PS2 laser than playing off the USB interface? This guide is based off of Swap Magic implementation.
Wait, you can play games off the USB interface?
Yes, you can but it requires some work. Here are the PROs and Cons:
- Uses USB 1.1 interface (slow but better than nothing).
- Saves strain on PS2 laser because using USB interface for game playing.
- Can have a list of selectable games in the USBExtreme interface.
- Works on both fat and slim PS2.
- Novelty factor is awesome!
- Game compatibility is low.
- Requires USB hard drive. Highly recommend USB drives that have their own power adapter.
- Flash drives can work , but the performance is so horrible its not worth doing it.
- Need to have third party tool to launch the “boot CD”. This can be done with modchip, swap magic, or exploited memory card.
- DVD9 games (like God of War 2) are larger than 4.4 GB and will not work with USBExtreme.
What tools do I need to make this work?
Hardware/Software tool: You need to have at least one of the items below before we continue:
- Swap Magic
- Exploited memory card (such as Free McBoot)
IMPORTANT: For this guide, I will be using Swap Magic 3.6 CD to boot the USBExtreme disc!
- 1 CD-R (700MB is fine)
Note: I highly suggest swap magic if you are unwilling to mess with the other options. You can learn more about swap magic at this guide:
Download the Software below (more detailed instructions to follow):
Usb Xtreme: Link [Optional. Get this if you want to use the graphical user interface for easier format/game installing.]
Usb Advance: Link [This is required.]
What should I use for the USB mass storage device?
This is what I recommend:
- USB 2.0 hard drive that uses its own power supply (for example, it requires power from the outlet).
- A USB hard drive that is at least 10 gigs or larger is highly recommended. The average PS2 game size will vary from as low as 282 MB up to as high as 4483 MB or 4.483 GB.
- Do not use laptop external hard drives which gets its power from the PS2 USB 1.1 port. It is not enough power.
- You could use pen or usb flash drives, but performance will be horrible. The game will chug, and you will have ridiculously long load times, that is, if your game can load!
Note: I understand when going through this tutorial, you may see that your PS2 may not see your USB hard drive enclosure. If that is the case, please try a different USB hard drive. I have people verifying this may fix the issue.
Tutorial Begins here *drools*:
- Extract the USB Advance zip file that you downloaded earlier into its own folder. You will see contents like the screenshot below:
- Now double-click the USBAdvance-PC-Software. You will see two programs inside it: ul_format.exe and ul_install.exe. Extract these to your C:\. This will make more sense later.
- Notice there is a .bin and a .cue file. The .cue file is 1KB, and the .bin file is 34 MB.
- You need to burn the image file. Use Nero, PowerIso, Alcohol120%, ImgBurn, or any other type of CD burning software and burn this image file to your blank CD-R disc. Once the CD-R is burnt, label it and set that disc aside.
- Now extract the other zip file called “USBExtreme_wininst” to its own folder. You will now have a program called USBExtreme.exe. A dedicated section to this program will be covered later in this tutorial.
Now go to preparing the USB hard drive step.
Preparing the USB hard drive:
- Insert USB hard drive to your PC.
- It is important that the USB hard drive is FAT32. If it is not, go to My Computer, right click the USB drive, and go to quick format for FAT32.
- If your hard drive is FAT32, great. No need to format it again.
- You can also launch the USBExtreme Software, go to the format tab, and tell it to format your USB drive as well as shown below:
Note: If you want, but not required, you can use the ul_format.exe command to format your USB hard drive. This is how to use it:
- Go to Start -> Run.
- Type “cmd” and press enter.
- Go to your C:\ root.
- The command to use the program is “ul_format X format” where X is your USB hard drive.
- Example: My USB hard drive is E:. I would type “ul_format E format”.
We are almost done. Let’s enable fast transfer speeds on your USB drive before we start copying games.
Enabling fast USB hard drive transfer speeds:
- Go to My Computer->Properties->Hardware->Device Manager->Disk Drives->(external one here)->Properties->Policies->Optimize for performance. Speed varies from from 1MBps to about 10-15MBps, which is pretty fast! Also, do not forget to unplug the device the proper way (that is Unplug or eject hardware) when you remove the USB drive!
Installing games onto your USB hard drive:
This is pretty easy. We have two methods. Method one uses the “ul_install.exe” command, and method 2 uses the USBExtreme.exe windows software. Both programs do the same job, and the second program is easier to use for those who are novices.
Method 1: Using the command line
- Insert your PS2 game into your computer’s DVD drive.
- Go to Start -> Run.
- Type “cmd” and press enter.
- Navigate to your C:\> drive.
- The command to use here is “ul_install SourceDrive TargetDrive GameName CD/DVD”.
- I insert Viewtiful Joe PS2 game into my computer. To verify if your game is CD or DVD format, right click on the disc and go to properties. If the file size is less 700MB or less, then it is CD format. Anything else and it is DVD.
- My DVD drive has letter H:\>. My USB drive is I:\>.
- At the command prompt on my C:\> drive, I type “ul_install H I ViewtifulJoe DVD”. Press enter and it will start copying the game. See picture below:
- Here it will copy the game from my DVD drive to my USB drive and prepare it in the special USB game playing format.
Method 2: Using the USBExtreme Windows Software
Launch the software. Insert your game. Configure the “Gamer Installer” window for your game and click start. It will start ripping the game.
My DVD drive is letter H. My USB drive is I. The name of my game is The Bouncer. The type of disc I am ripping from is DVD.
After you click Start, it will prompt you:
Click Yes, and then it will start ripping the game from DVD drive to the USB hard drive:
When the rip is done, you will see a screen like the one below:
Repeat the process over and over for additional games and you will get a list as shown below. When you load the USB drive from the PS2, this list will be selectable.
Finally you are done. Let’s play on the PS2!
- Turn on PS2. Load your Swap Magic CD disc.
- At the main Swap Magic screen, load your USB Advance CD-R that you burnt earlier.
- Now you will be at the USBExtreme screen.
- Connect USB hard drive to PS2. Turn it on, within a few seconds, you will see your game(s) show up on the screen. Highlight your desired game, press “X”, and within 7 seconds your game will load! Enjoy!
1) Make sure to make your USB hard drive partition a primary. I am not sure if it needs to be logical drive, but I made my drive a primary partition.
Visit SKS Apps here.
[Commentary by Versatile1] Hey guys, this is an exclusive interview with MusicMasteria. On youtube, he has several video’s depicting how to make your own slide card for your PS2. He knows his stuff, and today we present the first ever interview with the brainchild…
The Underground: How did you get involved into PS2 mods?
Musicmasteria: Well, I wanted to back up my games and without any form of modding at the time, I couldn’t do that. So I left it alone and continued my life. Then, while looking around on afterdawn.com I found a simple template for a slide card. Then I decided, I could make a better template than that so… I did. I first created my own slide card and tested it (without swap magic at the time) and it worked so I made a template and put it on my website. I then decided to spread my template to You Tube and created a tutorial and that is what you see today.
The Underground: How did you decide to go the slide card route? Have you tried any other methods such as HDALoader, or memory card exploit? Do you have an original slide card? Or did you make one up from a template?
Musicmasteria: I decided to start with a slide card because I had the means to make one for free. I don’t have a HD for my PS2 so I haven’t tried HDALoader but, from what I have read, it is a very good mod. Quick load times were a large factor for that. I have however tried USBAdvance. I didn’t really get it to work for me that well but I have seen it work on You Tube videos. I do not own an original slide card. Why would anyone spend $5 on something you could make for little or no cost with my tutorial? My first slide card was my own interpretation of a simple template I found on afterdawn.com a long time ago.
The Underground: How big is your PS2 game library?
Musicmasteria: Well if I were that kind of person, I could have an infinitely long list of PS2 games but if you would like to see my game collection, go to http://gamelist.musicmasteria.2ya.com
The Underground: What is the most common question you get on your You Tube video?
Musicmasteria: *Laughs* I get a lot of the same questions on my You Tube video. A common one is: “What does a slide card do?” or something along those lines. I don’t know why people ask this when there are so many other videos on You Tube saying how to use swap magic and slide cards. Another question is: “Where can I download games?”. I can’t really tell you that but if you really want to know, Google can tell you.
I have 96 comments on my video so far and that’s not including my responses to questions and comments *laughs*.
The Underground: Do you plan on moving onto other consoles and modding them too?
Musicmasteria: I don’t know. PS2 is the easiest console to play back up games on because of Swap Magic. No other console has a swap magic-like thing for playing backed up games. Also, the other newer consoles have a lot of protection against modding. Besides, I rather keep the warranties that I still have and wait for them to be long expired before I try modding them.. Now if someone was willing to give up their console or money for me to get one, then I would use that console solely for modding.
The Underground: What was the first PS2 game you remember backing up?
Musicmasteria: The first game I ever tried to back up was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (THPS 3). I didn’t even have a slide card or swap magic then and that of course didn’t work. Then, once I made a slide card, I used it to play my backup of THPS 3 with the original game (using the original game in place of swap magic). That worked but was very limited because you could only use the back up if you could play the original game up to one of the menu’s. Now that I have swap magic, I can play the back up in the case of my original breaking.
I do still have a video on Google Videos for how to use swap magic and a slide card to play copied games if anyone is interested. It is on private view so you can only see it from the link (no search). It can be found here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2874997274037472959. I even have the old video of me using THPS 3 to play the back up of it. It is on public view and can be found here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4416144802633809982
I personally like the newer video better (first link). Thanks again for the interview. Means a lot
To all readers: if you have questions you would like Music to answer, please, post a comment and he will reply. Thanks for reading!
With the craze of the iPhone, it is no surprise that users are doing what they can to unlock the phone to use 3rd party applications, or to use the phone with carriers besides AT&T.
Did you know that in three days, Apple sold over 750,000 phones, which for Motorola took them a whole month to sell the Razor phones at the same quantity? Yes, iPhone is damn nice commodity these days.
Anyway, I found two great youtube videos that should have you unlocking your iPhone in no time. Enjoy!
Video tutorial part 1:
Video tutorial part 2: