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[How To] Play NES roms on PS2 using ULaunchELF. (USB Method)

Foreword: This is an excellent tutorial that shows that the PS2 can be exploited in a non-conventional way.  Yes, there is a way to play SNES methods on the PS2, but I did not realize NES roms can be played as well!  All props go to author ICE, and I take no credit for this tutorial.  Expect more of these to come in the future. ~ Versatile


Revisions: 11-30-09: Initial release.

[Update 12/1/09] Made critical changes on the button map of the FCEU port, Added link for NES roms and added a NOTE at the end.
[Update 12/2/09] changed the complexity of the title and made it easy to understand the concept.

[Update 12/21/09] Edited the whole tutorial and made it simpler.

[1-25-2010] Added Versatile1’s FMCB and the DVD decrypter tutorials.

[1-28-2010] Linked to the latest version of FCEU and added 2 troubleshooting notes.


INTRODUCTION:

Nintendo 8 bit, also known as NES, is the mother of all consoles. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if we could play those old classics on the PS2 using an emulator ???. Well, you have come to the right place because this tutorial might help you.

This is what you need:

1) A ps2, slim or fat.

2) A Modchip or Swap magic and The ULaunchELF CD.
Click Here to download the CD version of ULaunchELF.

Watch Versatile1’s DVD decrypter Video Tutorial, for a better understanding on how to burn the ULaunchELF CD.

(OR) A memory card exploited with Free Mcboot, which has ULaunchELF installed on it.

Watch Versatile1’s ‘How to install Free Mcboot’ Video Tutorial

3) A USB flashdrive or a USB External HD.

4) FCEUltra Emulator.Click Here to download ‘ps2fceu_093.zip’.

5) NES roms. You could get them from romnation.net or by using p2p clients.

This is what you do next:

[How To] Play Street Fighter IV (4) Online Using Tunngle (or Hamachi) – Live Not Required


Revisions:
9-26-09: Initial release
1-1-10: Added more hints. Removed youtube video until I upload the new one.
4-8-11: Added dropbox link. Added video tutorial!
11-25-12: Rewrote the whole guide, added new video link. All discussion about Chinese program is removed


When I initially wrote this blog post, I had a tutorial referencing a Chinese program that allowed you to play 1vs1. The problem with that program was that it was not stable, and it wouldn’t work right all the time.

Since 2009, I have found a GFWL keygen file that allows you to take various GFWL games and play them online. Rather than go through all the steps, everything that you need to know is at the Pastebin link below, and I have also pasted my youtube video as well. Enjoy!

Text Tutorial
Pastebin

Video Tutorial

[How To] Create Your Own Autorun CD/DVD Disc

Revisions:

6-28-09:  Initial release.


What did I do this weekend?  I easily spent 3+ hours talking to a fellow youtube watcher on MSN explaining how to create an autorun Microsoft Office 2k3 disc so that when his uncle puts the disc into his PC, the autorun will automatically run the setup.exe file and everything will be good.

God, why is something so simple take so long?

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[How To] Burn a PS2 Game (From Torrent) To DVD Using Nero

Foreword: This is one of my favorite tutorials, and re-writing it from scratch is a lot of work.  By doing it over again, I hope to convey to you the awesomeness of the PS2, and if you are an owner of it, you need to give it more love than you think it deserves.  It needs you, and you need it.

As usual, The Undergound does not support or advocate piracy.  We support making backups of games that you own.  We realize that sometimes games can be scratched, so making a digital backup is impossible and in lieu of buying the game again, you can download the PS2 game from a torrent.  If you do this method, only do it if you own a retail version of the game.

Downloading games that you do not legally own is illegal, and we want no part of that.  Follow the law.  Play with a conscience mind.  Thank you. ~ Versatile

Revisions:

6-23-09:  Re-release of a classic tutorial.

2-6-10: Removed the youtube link until I upload a new video.

9-27-10: Fixed Nero image.

12-13-12: Fixed Nero image again.


Introduction

Yes, it is true.  You can make a backup of your PS2 game (for legal purposes of course) to preserve your original game.  However, what do you do if your favorite game has gotten scratched up over the years?  Do you want to go out and buy another copy of it?  Oh wait, Gamestop doesn’t have that game anymore?  What are you going to do?

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[How To] Use Emerge Desktop – A Novice’s Guide to Greatness

emerge desktop

Revisions:
5-9-09:  Initial Release. More rev’s to come to do into more specifics, screenshots, and third party tools!


Are you a PC enthusiast?  Does the thought of customizing your PC the way you want it to appear give you shivers down your spine at the mere thought of it?  Of course!  Why do you think websites such as customize.org, deviantart.com, and interfacelift.com exists?  These type of websites can give you themes, wallpapers, and additional items to trick out your desktop.

As a Window’s user, I am getting sick of my Windows XP desktop.  There are programs called Windows Shell Alternatives, in which they replace the entire GUI of Windows with a different interface.  For some, this might be disorienting in the beginning, but after a while, you get used to it.  In today’s guide, I show you one of my favorite open source Windows Shell Replacements – Emerge Desktop!

Learn how to use Emerge Desktop

How to Fake Sick

 The King, and My Idol

As I sit here in bed, at 2:34 AM on a wonderful Friday morning, I think about how I became so privileged as to be able to blog for my devout readers.  And the answer, my friends, is faking sick.

***Update: I finished writing this article at 3:34 AM, exactly 1 hour after I started.  How’s that for good timing?***

To understand the basics of faking sick, in addition to the more subtle aspects of the deed, click on for more. Read the rest of this entry

[How To] Save Money By Cutting Hair at Home

Haircut Kit

Everybody has to cut their hair right at some point or another right? Just so you know, I’m talking about the hair on your head. 😛

Ok, so if you go to the barber shop, depending on where it is and if you got any deals, hair cuts easily range from $7 up to $20. If the average haircut with taxes is a clean $15, and you cut your hair once a month, that is a grand total of $180 a year. Now if you have family members, and it costs more or less the same per person, and factor in driving to the barber shop and other misc items, cutting your family’s hair could easily go over $300 a year! This isn’t pocket change!

What can you do to alleviate the costs? Simple, buy a haircut kit, and learn how to cut each other’s hair if you have a family, or if you live by yourself, cut the hair yourself or get a friend to help you.

Tools needed:

1) Hair cuttery kit. You can find these at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, any convenience store really.

2) A penny. On the electric razor, you may need to adjust the power of the blade. To do this, you need a penny or a flat head screw driver to adjust the power.

3) Hair cut tutorials: Find pictures of hair styles you like and try to cut it like that. Or stop by a local barber school, and see how they cut hair. Did you know if you go to a barber/cosmetology school, you can get your hair cut for low prices, or even for free? The only caveat is you may have to sit around longer as the students perfect their technique.

Google for hair cut tutorials and you shall find some. Here is one that has a link to a bunch of sites and tips for cutting hair. Source

4) A handheld mirror. This will prove to be of use when you cut someone else’s hair or your own hair as you can see what is happening in real time.

After some practice cutting each others hair, or your kids hair, you will turn that $10 haircut investment into a money saver. From time to time, don’t forget to clean out the hair and oil up the blade, and this will last you forever.

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Tips for single male guys who want to save money on hair cuts

For single men, maybe you don’t want to go to the barber shop and waste your money. If you have a hair cut kit, this is what you can do.

1) If you shave your head, then thats the easiest thing to do. Put the razor on the smallest blade setting and have at it.

2) If you want to cut your hair in a particular style, I recommend going to a barber first. Afterwards, say every week or so, stand in front of the mirror and shave the sides of your head and whatever to keep it maintained. Remember, when hair is short it is easy to cut it and make it presentable. As hair gets longer, it will be easier to notice if you screw up cutting your own hair. 😛

3) As another tip, try getting a handheld mirror. When you stand in front of the bathroom mirror, use that to cut the hair you can see on the sides of your head and whatnot. To cut the hair on the back of your head and for trimming, this is where the handheld mirror is useful. You can hold the mirror in one hand, and look at that mirror to see the reflection of your head on the bigger mirror while the other hand cuts your hair. It takes awhile to get used to, but with patience, you can get a nice haircut done.

Practice makes perfect!

[How To] Make Your Own PS2 Slide Card

[Update] The origin of the picture and the video is credited to MusicMasteria. His website is here.

[Update] Updated template picture, courtesy of MusicMasteria.

Looking to buy Swap Magic? Save yourself a few dollars by not ordering the Swap Magic with slide card. Instead, order the Swap Magic disks, and then make your own slide card and save $5 bucks.

Last weekend my brother took a fresh values card from Dominick’s and cut out a design that is effectively the slide card to use for the fat PS2. I will have him scan it so you can see what it looks like.

I linked directly to the image, so its going to be a little wide. The dimension on the side that is cutoff is 1-1/8″.

Here is a template provided by MusicMasteria,
Slide Card Template

and a YouTube video from MusicMasteria demonstrating how to make your own slide card!