[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. 601 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

  4. Good people PLEASE help me. I am using router mode, and I found out ( via cmd and ipconfig) that my ip is 192.168.1.2 and gateway 192.168.1.1. I have connected the pc and ps2 with straight cable and I have set up everything as it was written here ( PS2 ip 192.168.1.3; default gateway 192.168.1.1 and the PC is ip 192.168.1.2.; share name PS2SMB). When I enter OPL and press X, the circle just spins and after some time nothing happens. I have shared the entire F drive ( share name PS2SMB), which is formatted into FAT32 ( with USB extreme) and is an active primary partition. I have tested the cables and they are both fine. I have been strugling for the last 4 days with this. Oh yeah, the PS is 77004 slim.

    • things you can do/provide some info:
      1–setup static ip at pc side.(and match it to ps2 side)
      2–is your router’s lan led lits/blinks when you press ‘x’ in opl (one which goes to ps2)?
      3–what windows version do u have?eg. win7 or xp?
      4–you are gonna need 2 straight cable ..pc to router and router to ps2.
      5–check that your drive actually shared on network, use other pc or android device.

      A weird trick: :-D
      disable your lan from pc side. and press ‘X’ in ps2 and than enable your lan from pc side.(press’X’ and press enable just like that)

      • Thanks for such a quick replay:
        1- I’ll try setting up static again; mainly it’s dynamic, but since I don’t have any other PC’s connected it is always 192.168.1.2
        2- yep, that’s the weird thing, it does light up when I press X (PS is on LAN2 and PC is on LAN1), but then the PC indicator just remains light, as if PS searches but PC doesn’t respond
        3- I have XP professional SP3
        4- already have them and they are both good
        5- the whole F drive ( where there are PS games) is shared and under the PS2SMB share name

        Also, I tried putting iso file as well as just ripping a game with USB extreme + I put some mp3 and tried to find it with SMS program.

        I don’t have a cross over cable to see if it’s some settings within router or something else. ( the router is HG530)

        • Oh, yeah, does anyone know how to PING PS2? Do I have to in cmd enter PING and PS’s IP number?

          • there is may be something about your router…
            1-enable upnp in your router’s setting…
            (optional if upnp was already enable : enable dmz in your router to your pc [checking purpose only] )

            ya…. “ping 192.168.1.PS2 -t ” and press ‘x’ on ps2 (i never done it before) :-D

            another optional thing> go to your F: properties> security> add everyone in users list [its easy]

            did u tried A weird trick: :-D ????
            disable your lan from pc side. and press ‘X’ in ps2 and than enable your lan from pc side.(press’X’ and press enable just like that)

            making a crossover cable is easy. just need a straight cable…some cutting and taping… wanna do that?

  5. What method is best over LAN or HDD i have used over LAn so far and almost all the games i played worked very well.

  6. Hi whenever I start device there are no games showing. Help

  7. Hi, I’m able to connect and play PS2 games from PC via network. My PS2 console using OPL and I’m sharing a lots PS2 Games from PC ( Share folder name : PS2SMB ). But when another PS2 Slim console connect and access to PS2 games, then PS2 console start loading , after that only seeing Yellow color and seem like hanging only. it’s didn’t load. My point is ” Can I play & access the PS2 Games from 3-PS2 Console at the same time via network, while sharing the games with PC ?”

    • we have discussed this issue before, playing same game from multiple ps2 gonna be an issue, it should run fine different games from different ps2’s. try to use different share location/s. it may be about router, using different ports for different ps2/s may be an issue solver. port forward in router. disable firewalls (pc).

      use multiple lan port in pc.

    • I doubt it, only one at a time.

  8. I think I’ve got everything properly set up. I used the right IPs and stuff, and my computer can ping the PS2, but whenever I try to connect to my share folder through the crossover cable I get hit with “Cannot connect to SMB server 302” I’ve tried to look around but I see nobody else having the same issue, and the only thing I can find is “302 for ECHO isalive test failing” whatever that means. Another post said something about an invalid share name but I used PS2SMB just like everyone says to do. So I’m really confused, and any help would be appreciated. If it matters, I’m using Windows 8.1 and OPL 0.9.2 VMC + GSM 9.36 Oh, and my crossover is plugged directly into my computer, not a router.

  9. Hi I have to questions to ask but I would like to firstly say thank you for this guide and video because without it I would have not been able to do it. The first question is can I use a 3TB external hard drive and partition it so around 250gig can be for ps2 back ups and then the rest for my files, Also can I then back this partition up in the years to come because even though I have only just got this new hard drive it will break in like under or around a decade. Thanks again. Much appreciated.

  10. Thanks for your reply. I got ps1 games to work from usb but is there any way to get it working from ethernet. I was trying silent hill 1 and after the colours showed up it came up with a white/grey screen and doing nothing. Any help I was using bin and iso on usb.

    • I mean I tried bin and iso on ethernet but on usb It was working but not the best of graphics. And I already use ethernet for my ps2 games so wondering how to do it. Thanks Versatile

  11. Hi how shall I de-fragment my games when my hard drive comes up as nothing to do, when I clearly have a few games on it.

    • are your games hanging while playing? yes, than you need to defragment your drive. best way to do it(copy all games to other drive>format your shared partition>than copy back all your games, and do not interrupt pc while copying. all file will be write in sequential manner.
      .
      i myself tried to play PS1 games in my slim ps2(almost 4 years back), but no luck. laggy, shitty , no sound. in the end, played ps1 games on pc, its rather easy.

  12. Hi and well yes I felt the lag and other things like that straight after the 1st game was installed on to the external hd. Also thanks for that Idea did not think of that but is there no way to defrag or is it the external hd I have. The other weird thing is, that’s if you know anything about this and it is when I try and play a game like fatal frame it will not load through Ethernet connection neither will hitman blood money let me even use any of the controls apart from analogue sticks. But when I patch it with esr patcher and then burn it and play the disk on ps2 it works fine. But the whole point I got a big 3TB hard drive is to store my files and games. Thanks for a response Salman Aziz

    • you can check whether your drive need to be defrag or not. analyse disk with windows7 defragmentor, if there is fragmented files it will tell you about this particular percent of data need to be defrag. i don’t recommend to defrag your drive. just do the trick as i say, and if there are fragmented files game will freeze, not be lagging.
      plus windows defragmentor is not recommended for opl games. its time consuming and wasted of energy. just do the trick

      check compatibility list, some game are not supported.

      i forgot the name of defrag software last time we use for this particular purpose.may be Versatile can tell the name.

  13. has anyone tried this on a OS X system?, i keep getting error 300 in opl 0.9.

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