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How To Play PS1 USB Games on Modded PS2 Using Popstarter

Revisions:

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:

How to Fix PS2 Memory Card Read and Write Issues

Revisions:

1-17-15: Initial release.


So recently I tried to install FMCB to a memory card I got from a friend, and my PS2 would not read it! I almost thought it was broken, until I decided to open up the memory card and clean the contacts with an eraser. Once I did that, all my issues went away!

See video tutorial below for more details:

[How To] Play Watch Dogs (PC) With PC or PS2 USB Controller Tutorial

Revisions:
5-31-14: Initial release.


Watch Dogs for PC was recently released, and since it is strictly a 64 bit game for Windows, you are going to have to do some extra work to get your PC USB game controller or a PS2 type controller to work properly with Watch Dogs. The basic outline of how this works is below. The download links are in the video description of the Youtube Video tutorial.

  1. Download latest copy of x360ce.
  2. Download the x64 binaries.
  3. Extract x360ce into the Watch Dogs main directory. Run it and configure your controller.
  4. Now exit the program, and copy over the x64 binaries.
  5. Run the game, and your game controller should be recognized.

Youtube Video: Click here for the main download links.

vstPower Playstation 2 Playlist

Revisions:
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

 

The PSX-Scene.com – Legal Playstation News for Enthusiasts


Revisions:
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


Revisions:
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] Install Programs to FMCB and Show Up Main Menu of FMCB (Fat or Slim PS2)


Revisions:
11-1-10: Initial Release.
9-13-12: Fixed video tutorial link.


Hey guys, a text tutorial will be coming with pictures (maybe), but for now please watch my tutorial video below for the quick way.

Pre-req:
1) Fat or Slim PS2
2) FMCB already installed on the memory card.
3) A USB thumb drive to hold your homebrew programs that you got off the internet. SKSapps.com is a good site to get your homebrew programs.

Now watch the video below and learn the concept of adding programs to the memory card, and how to make them show up on the main menu!


 

[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!

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

Revisions:

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)

Revisions:

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


Introduction

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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