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How To Play PS1 USB Games on Modded PS2 Using Popstarter


3-24-16: Initial release.


Hey guys,

So recently I finally got the time to do a proper popstarter USB video. If you are not familiar with Popstarter, basically what it does is when you have the proper files, you can play your PS1 games via USB on the PS2 that is modded (can be modchip or FMCB) and the game compatibility is very high. See the video tutorial at the end of this post for exact process details. But in a nutshell, the process is as follows:

  1. Get the all the correct software from Assemblergames: Link
    1. The software is Cue2Pops v2.0 along with the gui program
    2. Get the stable and beta version of popstarter.
  2. Extract Cue2Pops program into its own folder. Extract the GUI program and put that into the Cue2Pops root folder.
  3. Get the PFS_WRAPS.BIN file from the WIP 05 zip file and extract that to the desktop.
  4. Get the POPSTARTER.ELF file from the WIP 06 zip file and extract that to the desktop.
  5. Format a USB thumb drive or external hard drive as FAT 32.
  6. Create a “POPS” folder without quotes on the root of your FAT 32 usb device. Inside this “POPS” folder, put the PFS_WRAPS.BIN file in there. You also want another file called “POPS.PAK”. Use google to find it, or check out this boring link here.
  7. Now find a PS1 game that is a .bin and .cue file extension. Run the CUE2Pops gui program, give it the input file of the .cue, and the output path should be your POPS folder on your usb device. Convert it over.
  8. Now take the POPSTARTER.ELF file from the desktop, and put that into the root of your usb device (or in a folder), and name it like this without quotes “XX.nameofgame.elf”.  For example, “XX.Marvel vs Capcom.elf”.
  9. Now eject the hard drive, plug into the PS2. Turn it on, navigate to Ulaunchelf and then go to your MASS drive and run the .elf file for your game. If all done correctly, the game will load and you will have a good time! Enjoy!

Video Tutorial:

vstPower Playstation 2 Playlist

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:


The – Legal Playstation News for Enthusiasts

4-5-11: Initial release.

Do you own a Sony game device? Maybe its a PS1, PS2, or a PSP. Did you know that all Sony game products are jail-breakable or moddable? I am a proud owner of several Sony devices, and I have taken great joy in jailbreaking them to do things that the consumer was not able to do in the first place. The greatest feat of it all is being able to make backups of my games so then I can preserve the original copies.

However, we know that the Playstation scene is a constantly moving force. It is can be tough sometimes to find good and legit news that isn’t faked, or maybe you want to know about the latest homebrew programs or hacks for your favorite Sony device. Where do you get started?
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How To Connect Playstation Dual-Shock Controllers to PC

1-15-10: Initial release.
9-13-12: Fixed video link.

Do you have a spare Playstation 1 or Playstation 2 controller? Did you ever wish you could connect it to your PC to play your Emulator or possibly PC games?

How is it done? Easy! You have to go and purchase a Playstation to PC adapter, and these adapters are fairly cheap, especially if you go online. I bought mine from Amazon before X-mas last year, and after shipping the total was under $5 USD!

How it works is you connect the Playstation controllers to the adapter (1 or 2), and then you connect the USB to the PC. No driver download required! The one I got works great on XP and Windows 7.

Watch the video tutorial below and see what you might have been missing.

[How To] Transfer Playstation (PS1) Save Games From PC To PS1 Memory Card


10-8-10: Initial release.  I expect over time this tutorial will evolve, as this is a useful tutorial!

Did you know that if you have a PS2 that can run UlaunchELF, you have the power to transfer PS1 save games found onto the Internet and transfer it to your PS1 memory card?  How do you do that?  Simple.  This guide will teach you.


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The Playstation 2 Console – More Potential Than You Realize

10-6-10: Initial Release.

The almighty PS2 console system was released in 2000, and even though it has been a decade, the gaming system is still going strong. I am not going to bore you with the details, as you probably knew (or didn’t knew) that the PS2 was in fact the console system that killed the VHS and brought in a new era of digital entertainment: DVDs.

Rather than tell you why the PS2 is such a great system (you can read more about it here), I am going to tell you about the potential you probably didn’t know about through the art of modding.
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[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


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!

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


2-6-10: Draft release because I could not wait. It’s currently 1:40AM at time of this posting.

4-22-15: Link fixed.

I will add more details to this post later in the day after I have some more rest.  I still think the title of this article is “clunky” so if you can help me think of a better title, please post it in the comments.

In the meantime, please watch the Youtube Video and you will understand what I did here. This is a great breakthrough for all PS2 enthusiasts across the world.

Video Tutorial

[How To] Play PS1 (PSX) Backups on Fat/Slim Playstation 2 (v9 and above)


12-26-09: Initial release. Be prepared to be happy. (Will add more as time goes on for sure.)

7-2-10: Added new note about sensors blocked.

11-24-10: Fixed link for download.

8-14-12: Fixed link for download.

8-15-13: Fixed link for download.

Foreword: This tutorial shows the user how to play PSX backups on the fat or slim PS2 version 9 and above. Please note that this is meant only for legitimate PS1 (PSX) backups. I do not support piracy, nor is this tutorial meant for piracy means. – Versatile


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 breathe more life into your PS2 than to play your precious Playstation 1 games?  Why not backup those PS1 games, so you can enjoy the backups on your PS2 without destroying the original PS1 games?  This guide is based off of Free McBoot implementation.

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[How To] play Videos, movies and Mp3s off USB on PS2 using SMS DIVx media player.

Foreword: I was chatting with versatile1, the day before I started this tutorial and he spurred up this amazing thought of ‘PS2s being preferred over DIVx players’. Do you know that the PS2 costs $99, and do you also know that the DIVx players cost like about 40 – 50 Dollars ??.. So, the difference is just $50 of cash. But, the PS2, unlike any DIVx player, is a gaming console and the list of games might arguably exceed the 2,500 mark. And by buying a copy of Swap Magic, we could play backed up PS2 games.  Bottom line ~~> That extra $50, was definitely worth it !!

Revisions: [12-23-09] Initial release.

[12-27-09] Added Versatile1’s ‘Free McBoot’ Video Tutorial.

[12-30-09] Added Versatile1’s SMS video Tutorial.

[1-25-2010] Added links to the latest version of ULE and added Versatile1’s DVD decrypter tutorial.

2-10-14: Fixed video link.


The PS2, being a legendary console, never lets you down when it comes to surprises. And the Simple Media System (SMS) is one such surprise.
The SMS media player is a PS2 application, which lets you play DIVx media files on the PS2. The SMS media player is equivalent, or maybe even superior to any ordinary DIVx player.

NOTE:  The supported media formats are AVI, DIVx, Xvid, mpeg1, mpeg2, ogg, mp3, ac3, srt (subtitles), wma, asf and pcm.

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