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6 years ago#391
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The software you need is all free and legal, but I won't post links here, in case that's against the board rules. Just use to and search for:

free mcboot


open ps2 loader

Currently the first links Google puts up are the right links for these, and currently Free McBoot is version 1.8, and Open PS2 Loader is version 0.7

Aside from the hard drive and the network card (I bought the latter from ebay) you'll only need to buy a USB stick, although you can probably borrow a USB stick off someone as you only need it to install the software. The software is all free, unless you need a commecial boot disk (if you do, then google:

ps2 hard disk loader

and follow the links), but I'd recommend booting from memory card instead, as it's quicker, cheaper, and saves wear and tear on the DVD drive.

For a list of compatible hard drives, google:

ps2 hard drive compatibility

though I bought two off the shelf, without checking as I didn't know that some drives didn't work with it, and they both (a 120GB, and later my current 250GB) worked fine.

Anyway, before you do anything, read up on everything, and know what you're getting and what you'll have to do to install everything. It's a bit of trouble if you don't know what you're doing, but once done it's done for good, and believe me, a hard drive really transforms the whole PS2 experience, and I couldn't go back to loading from disc every time I wanted to play a game.

Moderators - please note, everything in this post is legal, and I've not posted any links just to be on the safe side.
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6 years ago#393

From: magizap | Posted: 10/3/2010 5:13:32 PM | #390
Why would you trouble yourself responding to a question to which you do not have an answer. Think about that.

I did have an answer, it is you who has no answer.
Greg "dratsab" Huffman
My PS2 isn't working right. It's several years old so I'm not really surprised but I'd like to fix it if possible. Oh and it's a slim in case that matters.

When I start up a PS2 game, it does the opening thing but then instead of going to the "Playstation 2" logo, it goes straight to the menu where it shows the memory card and the disc. If I press the disc it goes black for a few seconds and then goes right back to the menu. Sometimes I can get it to actually start the game, but when it does cut scenes stutter or skip and loading times are painfully slow. I tried a PS1 game and it played perfectly, so I don't know what's wrong with it. Help?
6 years ago#395
is the lens dirty?
R.I.P Nicky-------------Pat---------------Mother Puss
6 years ago#396

From: Andrew Shinn | Posted: 11/25/2010 8:18:09 AM | #395
is the lens dirty?

It's a dirty dirty lens, very naughty.
Greg "dratsab" Huffman
Do multizone PS2 consoles exist? If not, options?
6 years ago#398
have to use a region disc, swap magic works well.
I use it for my US/JP games on my PAL console.

R.I.P Nicky-------------Pat---------------Mother Puss
6 years ago#399
When you're asked for your password, press SELECT.
You'll be prompted for a deletion code. Enter 7444.
You can now set a new password for parental controls

I was never prompted for a deletion code. What now?
Video Games ruined my life. Good thing I have two extra lives.
6 years ago#400
My PS2 laser isn't reading disks properly, how can I fix this by myself?

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