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    Version: 2.71 | Updated: 01/14/07 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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                 *         *                      * SONY PLAYSTATION 2 FAQ
    **************         *         ************** SONY PSTWO FAQ, V2.71
    *                      *         *              BY NARU2005, 01/15/2007
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         S O N Y   C O M P U T E R   E N T E R T A I N M E N T   I N C .
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    DISCLAIMER
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    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
    web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a
    violation of copyright.
    
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    PRE-FAQ QUESTIONNAIRE............................................... PS2-PRE
    
    SECTION I. ABOUT THE GUIDE.......................................... PS2-S1
      1-A. WHY DID I WRITE THIS GUIDE?.................................. PS2-S1A
      1-B. CONTACT INFORMATION.......................................... PS2-S1B
    
    SECTION II. ABOUT THE PLAYSTATION................................... PS2-S2
      2-A. THE HISTORY OF THE PLAYSTATION............................... PS2-S2A
      2-B. LAUNCH TITLES AND SUPPORTED DEVELOPERS....................... PS2-S2B
    
    SECTION III. PLAYSTATION 2/PSTWO GENERAL............................ PS2-S3
      3-A. SPECIFICATIONS............................................... PS2-S3A
      3-B. BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY...................................... PS2-S3B
      3-C. PERIPHERALS.................................................. PS2-S3C
      3-D. DVD PLAYER................................................... PS2-S3D
      3-E. DIFFERENT WAYS TO HOOK UP YOUR SYSTEM........................ PS2-S3E
    
    SECTION IV. PLAYSTATION 2-ONLY...................................... PS2-S4
      4-A. WHAT YOU GET IN THE PACKAGE.................................. PS2-S4A
      4-B. CONNECTING YOUR PS2 TO YOUR TV............................... PS2-S4B
      4-C. HARD DRIVE DISK(HDD) INFORMATION............................. PS2-S4C
    
    SECTION V. PSTWO-ONLY............................................... PS2-S5
      5-A. WHAT YOU GET IN THE PACKAGE.................................. PS2-S5A
      5-B. CONNECTING YOUR PSTWO TO YOUR TV............................. PS2-S5B
      5-C. PLAYSTATION 2 VS PSTWO DIFFERENCES........................... PS2-S5C
    
    SECTION VI. THE PRESENT GAMES....................................... PS2-S6
      6-A. MUST HAVE GAMES.............................................. PS2-S6A
      6-B. GAMES DEVELOPED BY SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT............... PS2-S6B
    
    SECTION VII. SONY PLAYSTATION PRODUCTS.............................. PS2-S7
      7-A. SONY PSP..................................................... PS2-S7A
      7-B. SONY PLAYSTATION 3........................................... PS2-S7B
      7-C. SONY PSX..................................................... PS2-S7C
      
    SECTION VIII. COMPARISON TO GAMECUBE AND XBOX....................... PS2-S8 
      8-A. COMPARED TO NINTENDO GAMECUBE................................ PS2-S8A
      8-B. Compared to Microsoft Xbox................................... PS2-S8B
    
    SECTION IX. PLAYSTATION 2 COMMON ISSUES............................. PS2-S9
      9-A. DISC READ ERRORS............................................. PS2-S9A
      9-B. OTHER ISSUES................................................. PS2-S9B
      9-C. PROBLEMS(MESSAGE BOARDS)..................................... PS2-S9C
    
    SECTION X. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS............................... PS2-S10
     10-A. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS................................... PS2-S10A
     10-B. E-MAILS...................................................... PS2-S10B
    
    SECTION XI. MICELLANEOUS INFORMATION................................ PS2-S11
     11-A. PLAYSTATION 2/OTHER LINKS.................................... PS2-S11A
     11-B. SECRETS/COOL STUFF........................................... PS2-S11B
     11-C. RUMORS....................................................... PS2-S11C
     11-D. MY REVIEW.................................................... PS2-S11D
    
    SECTION XII. CREDITS................................................ PS2-S12
     12-A. CREDITS...................................................... PS2-S12A
     12-B. THANK YOU E-MAILS............................................ PS2-S12B
     12-C. REVISION HISTORY............................................. PS2-S12C
    
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    1. Can I play imports on ?
    (revised off -wdleun@hotmail.com-s message)
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    A: Nope. Sony has a strict policy of regional lockouts. NTSC/UC games can
    only be played on a NTSC/UC machine. NTSC/J games can only be played on a
    NTSC/J machine. PAL games can only be played on a PAL machine. If you are
    serious about wanting to play it, mod chip is the only solution.
    
    2. Will the controllers, multitaps, memory cards, HDD unit work with
    the specific PS2?
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    Those type of peripherals are region-free. They can be used on any machine.
    However, the HDD unit CAN be used on any machine, but the software drivers
    to make it function are not region-free.. Same goes for the remote control.
    
    UPDATE(old news): The HDD unit can't be used with the new Sony PStwo(SCPH-
    700xx models). There is no HDD bay to put the drive in. Also, the PStwo
    uses a new multitap, so if you have an old one, now is the time to buy a
    new one.
    
    3. Will using the Vertical Stand make my discs scratch, etc..?
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    Well, if it does, we can criticize Sony all we want, and how they tricked
    us into putting it the Vertical way.
    
    The answer is No. As long as you keep your PS2 stationary and not TILT it
    one centimeter, you should be fine. The PS2 was designed to be played on
    its Vertical position. NOTE: This might not help at all, but if you are
    one of the people with the SCPH-3000x models and you are experiencing
    DREs with the Horizontal position you've been using all along, you can
    try and make it Vertical to play discs better.
    
    4. Why does the PS2 have a crappy laser to start out with??
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    Sony incorporated the "crappy" laser to keep production costs low. This
    means the PS2 may have sophisticated hardware inside. If you really
    think the PS2 has THAT inferior hardware than the other next-gen
    consoles, then shouldn't Sony at least make a much better laser than
    the one implemented in the first batch of PS2s?
    
    5. Is the PS2's hardware a upgraded version of the PS1?
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    There are three sides to a story. Your side, my side, and the truth. I
    am not sure what the truth is. What I say is No. What others say is Yes.
    The truth is unknown. Some say some of the PS2 games are PS1 graphics
    which I pretty much agree. Those are due to poor ports, or the developer
    rushed or have no experience with the PS2 hardware.
    
    6. What is the newest version of the PlayStation 2?
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    The newly redesigned PlayStation 2. It's slimmer and doesn't have HDD
    support. The model number is known to be SCPH-10000x. Please read Section
    V for the differences between the two..
    
    UPDATE(old news): The new PS2 model isn't SCPH-10000x, but rather
    SCPH-700xx. The PlayStation 3 may have that number.
    
    7. Can the PlayStation 2 play VCDs?
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    No. However, with the PS1, you can install a movie card for compatibility
    with VCDs.
    
    8. Can the PS2 play DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD-RW?
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    For SCPH-3000x or earlier, NO. For SCPH-3900x or later, Yes! For DVD-RW,
    it must be in VR mode.
    
    9. Even for games?! O_O
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    Nope, only for copied movies. However, if there is a MPEG file
    inside the DVD-R, the PS2 wont be able to read it.
    
    10. Where can I find the PS2 font?
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    Google it. I'm sure you can find a PS2 font somewhere. It's fast to use
    search engines, and should take less than ten minutes.
    
    11. Is Sony offering free fixes for my dead PS2?
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    That has been going on for quite some time now. As of now, they may have
    to charge you 75 or more U.S. dollars to get it repaired.
    
    12. What is Sony's tech support number?
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    1-800-345-SONY(7669)
    
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    SECTION I. PS2-S1                           *        *                   *
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    ABOUT THIS GUIDE                 *                   *        *
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    1-A. WHY DID I WRITE THIS GUIDE?                                      PS2-S1A
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    I wrote this guide to give mostly factual knowledge of the PlayStation 2
    Computer Entertainment system. Many of you, I hope, will find this guide
    useful for your PlayStation 2 pleasure. This guide will only cover
    PlayStation 2 only, as it was never intended to cover the original other
    than the history of how it came to life(see that in the next section of
    this guide). However, this guide is never and probably will never be
    100% complete as new information comes in every week or two. I will try
    my best to update as much as possible.
    
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    1-B. CONTACT INFORMATION                                              PS2-S1B
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    This is how you can reach me if you're not sure of something for any
    reason.
    
    I am on AOL/MSN daily, and I check the e-mails for both accounts.
    
    AOL: Naru2000@aol.com
    E-mail: red_mimi701@hotmail.com
    MSN Messenger: red_mimi701@hotmail.com
    Yahoo ID, Paltalk, etc..: None
    Where you can find me: GameFAQs Forums(Username: Naru2005).
    
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    2-A. THE HISTORY OF THE PLAYSTATION                                   PS2-S2A
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    The PlayStation actually has a history behind it. Back then, when Sega released
    the Sega CD(the one that attaches to the Megadrive/Genesis), Nintendo wanted to
    create a CD-ROM peripheral for the Super Famicom(Super Nintendo). They hired
    Sony Corporation to develop the console for them. Suddenly, at some time,
    Nintendo for some reason rejected Sony when they were in the final stages of
    development. Sony was stuck with a working model and the SNES-CD was never
    released. So what did Sony do? Instead of trashing the hard work they did, they
    enhanced it, designed new controllers, and renamed it to the PlayStation. It
    made its debut in Japan on December 4, 1994. Sony then created three main
    markets to cover the PlayStation sales in each region...(Sony Computer
    Entertainment Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, and Sony Computer
    Entertainment America).
    
    Sony PlayStation Release Dates:
    
    Japan: December 3, 1994
    USA/Canada: Early September 1995
    Europe: Q4 1995
    
    Sony PlayStation One(PSOne) Release Dates
    
    Japan: July 2000
    USA/Canada: September 2000
    Europe: Fall 2000
    
    The Sony PlayStation 2 was its sequel system. Release dates are listed below..
    
    Sony PlayStation 2 Release Dates
    
    Japan: March 4, 2000
    USA/Canada: October 26, 2000
    Europe: November 24, 2000
    
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    2-B. LAUNCH TITLES AND SUPPORTED DEVELOPERS                           PS2-S2B
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    PlayStation 2 Launch Titles(Japan)
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    Artdink: A-Train 6
    Ascii: Kakinoki Shoogi
    Ask: Kanekyuu Billiard Master Q
    Astrol: American Pinball(Miscellaneous)
    From SofEternal Ring
    Idea Factory: Sky Surfer
    Jaleco: Stepping Stage
    Koei: Kessen
    Koei: Mahjong Taikai
    Konami: Jikkyoo World Soccer 2000
    Konami: Drum Mania
    Namco: Ridge Racer V(Racing)
    SCEI: Fantavision(Puzzle)
    Square: Driving Emotion Type-S(Driving)
    SunSoft: Street Mahjong Trance
    T&E Software: Golf Paradise(Sports)
    CAPCOM: Street Fighter EX 3(3-D Fighting)
    
    
    PlayStation 2 Launch Titles(USA/Canada)
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    From IGN...
    
    1. Madden NFL 2001 (EA, Sports)
    2. SSX (EA, Sports)
    3. NHL 2001 (EA, Sports)
    4. FIFA 2001 MLS (EA, Sports)
    5. Kessen (EA, Adventure)
    6. X Squad (EA, Action)
    7. Swing Away (Paradise Golf in Japan) (EA, Sports)
    8. Sim Theme Park (to be renamed as Theme Park World) (EA, sim)
    9. Street Fighter EX3 (Capcom, Fighting)
    10. Tekken Tag Tournament (Namco, fighting)
    11. Ridge Racer V (Namco, Racing)
    12. Summoner (THQ, RPG)
    13. Ready to Rumble (Midway, Boxing)
    14. Star Wars: Starfighter (LucasArts, Action-Shooter)
    15. Unreal Tournament (Infogrames, First-Person Shooter)
    16. Evergrace (Agetec, RPG)
    17. Armored Core 2 (Agetec, Action)
    18. Eternal Ring (Agetec, RPG)
    19. Timesplitters (Eidos, First-Person Shooter)
    20. Fusion GT (Hresvelgr in Japan) (Crave, Racing)
    21. Smuggler's Run (Rockstar, Racing-Adventure)
    22. Midnight Club (Rockstar, Racing)
    23. Silent Scope (Konami, Action)
    
    PlayStation 2 Launch Titles(Europe)
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    (This part is currently under construction)
    
    PlayStation 2 Supported Developers(USA)
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    From GameZone UK..
    
    989 Studios
    7 Studios
    Activision Inc
    Agetec Inc
    American Softworks Corp
    AndNow (Virtual Ocean, Nooks and Crannies)
    Atlus USA Inc
    Bungie Software
    Capcom Entertainment
    Cerny Games
    Cube
    Crave Entertainment
    Digital Anvil
    Dreamworks Interactive LLC
    Eidos Interactive
    Electronic Arts
    Enix Corp
    Flesh & Wire (Running With Scissors)
    Fox Interactive
    GT Interactive
    Oddworld Inhabitants (Hand of Odd, Munch's Oddysee)
    Hasbro Interactive
    Humongous Entertainment
    Incredible technologies
    Infogrames Entertainment
    Insomniac Games
    Interplay Entertainment
    Konami of America
    LucasArts Entertainment
    Midway Home Entertainment (Spy Hunter)
    Mindscape
    Namco Hometek
    Naughty Dog
    Neversoft
    Psygnosis
    Red Storm Entertainment
    Rage Software
    Shiny Entertainment
    Sierra Online (Professional Bullrider)
    Square Electronic Arts
    Stormfront Studios
    Sunsoft
    Surreal
    Take-Two Interactive/Rockstar
    TerraGlyph Interactive
    The 3DO Company
    THQ
    Titus
    Ubi Soft
    Universal Interactive
    Working Designs
    
    PlayStation 2 Supported Developers(European)
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    3DO Europe Ltd
    Activision UK Ltd
    Argonaut Software
    Criterion (Trickstyle 2)
    Codemasters Software
    Core Design
    Disney Interactive
    Eden Studios
    Eidos Plc
    Electronic Arts Ltd
    Eurocom Developments Ltd
    GTI Software Europe
    Hasbro Interactive Ltd
    Infrogrames Entertainment
    Kalisto Entertainment
    Konami of Europe
    Lego Media International
    Lionhead Studios
    Rage Software (Untitled Game)
    Reflections
    Revolution
    Square Europe Ltd
    Take-2 Interactive Software Europe Ltd
    THQ International
    TravelersŐ Takes UK
    Ubi Soft Entertainment
    Virgin Interactive Entertainment Europe
    
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    3-A. SPECIFICATIONS                                                   PS2-S3A
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                      The 128-Bit Emotion Engine Multimedia CPU
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    Clock Speed: 294.912 MHz
    Cache Memory: 16KB Instruction, Data 8KB + 16KB
    Main Memory: 32MB Direct Rambus(RDRAM) running at 800Mhz, dual channel
    Memory Bus Bandwidth: 3.2GB per second
    Co-Processor: Two Parallel Vector Operational Units
    Floating Point Performance: 6.2GFLOPS
    Polygon Rate: 75 Million Polygons per second(no texture layer), 38 Million
     polygons per second(one texture layer), and 20 Million polygons per
     second(two texture layers)
    Compressed Image Decoder: MPEG-2
    
                          The 150MHz Graphics Synthesizer
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    Clock Speed: ~150Mhz(147.456MHz)
    On chip memory(VRAM): 4MB DRAM
    Frame Buffer Bandwidth: 38.4Gigabytes per second
    Pixel Write Speed: 2.4Gigapixels
    DRAM Bus Bandwidth: 48GB per second
    DRAM Bus width: 2560 bits
    
                        Integrated 32-bit PlayStation CPU
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    Clock Speed: 33.8MHz Regular, 37.5Mhz with Fast Loading enabled
    IOP Memory: 2MB
    
                                 Sound Processor
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    Number of Voices: 48 channels, with 3D surround sound
    Sound Memory: 2MB
    Output Frequency: 48Khz max(DAT quality)
    Supports: Dolby Digital, AC-3, and DTS(Digital Theatre System)
    
                                  Miscellaneous
                              [====================]
    
    Format: Can run PlayStation games(Black Bottom), Audio CDs(Original or CD-R/
           CD-RW), PlayStation 2 CDs(Blue/Purplish Bottom), PlayStation 2 DVDs
           (Single Layer Silver or Dual Layer Gold Bottom), and DVD Movies
    Speed: DVD-ROM - 4X speed, CD-ROM - 24X speed
    Expandibility: Controller Ports(x2), Memory Card slot(x2), USB(Universal Serial
                    Bus) ports(x2), Optical Digital Output, Expansion Bay, a S400
                    iLink port(this was removed in the later models), and a Type
                    III PCMCIA slot above expansion bay(open the cover first)
    Dimensions: 301mm(W) x 182mm(D) x 78mm(H), or 12" x 7.25" x 3.125"
    Weight: 2.2kg(4 pounds and 14 ounces)
    
    PSTwo-only Information
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    The HDD expansion bay is not present in this version, so the HDD is NOT
    supported. Also, the PSTwo already included the Ethernet and Analog Modem
    ports on the back of the system, so there is no need for the Network Adaptor.
    The PSTwo now has a flip-top rather than a disc tray.
    
    Dimensions: 230 mm(W) x 28 mm(H) x 152 mm(D)
    
    Disc Capacity
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    1. PlayStation CD(650MB)
    2. Audio CDs(74/80min or 650/700MB)
    3. PlayStation 2 CDs(650MB)
    4. PlayStation 2 DVDs(One layer - 4.7GB, Dual Layered - 8.5GB)
    5. DVD Movies(One Layer/Single Side - 4.7GB, Dual Layered/Single Side - 8.5GB)
    (One Layer/Double Side - 9.4GB, Dual Layered/Double Side - 17GB)
    
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    3-B. BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY                                           PS2-3B
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    One good thing about the PlayStation 2 is that it can play back all your old
    PlayStation games! Not only that, but you can also plug in your old
    PlayStation-compatible peripherals, such as memory cards, controllers,
    and multitaps. However, there are a few rules to this matter.
    
                                       Games
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    There are some PlayStation games that don't seem to work at all on the PS2.
    They either crash, freeze, or cause graphical glitches when you turn Fast
    Loading or Texture Mapping on in the PlayStation Driver menu. Please see
    Section 3-B-3 for more information on which games are compatible and
    non-compatible with the PS1 options turned on.
    
                                     Peripherals
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    Another thing about the backwards compatibility of PlayStation 2 is that it
    can detect all your old equipment. All official PlayStation products will
    work with PlayStation 2. Well, here are the conditions in using the
    hardware. Explanations are given in more detail.
    
    Conditions:
    1. You must have a PS1 memory card present in order to load/save PlayStation
        games.
    2. You must have a PS1 multitap to play multitap-enabled PS1 games.
    3. You must have a PS2 memory card to save/load PS2 games.
    4. You must have a PS2 multitap to play multitap-enabled PS2 games.
    5. You can copy your PS1 saves to the PS2 memory card for "storage" only.
    Explanations:
    
    1. If you try to save PS1 data onto a PS2 memory card, the game wont let
    you. Nearly all the PS1 games wont read the PS2 memory card. However, the
    game -Suikoden III- can read -Suikoden II- PS1 data for some extras.
    
    2. Shame on Sony for not letting the original Multitap be compatible for
    PS2 games. Now we have to pay an extra $35 in order for multiplayer
    mayhem. I'm pretty sure a PS2 game wont detect a PS1 multitap, and the
    same goes for the PS1 game not detecting a PS2 multitap.
    
    3. For one reason, a PS2 game just can't fit onto a PS1 memory card.
    PS2 Memory Cards save by bytes, while PS1 games save by blocks. There's
    more storage into a PS2 memory card than a PS1 memory card. If you even
    try to save PS2 game data onto a PS1 memory card, the game wont detect
    it and therefore it wont let you.
    
    4. Same as #2.
    
    5. There's plenty of storage inside the PS2 memory card. A PS1 save
    comsumes 8kb, so you can store hundreds of saves. If you want to use
    the saves, you must copy them back to the PS1 memory card.
    
                           PS1 Games with PS2 Enhancements
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    ***READ ON FOR HELP ON ENABLING THE PS1 ENHANCEMENT OPTIONS***
    
    To turn on the PS1 enhancement options from your PS2, start up your PS2 until
    it goes to the Browser/System Configuration screen. Then simply hit Triangle
    and it will bring you to a screen giving you a list of version numbers. Go
    select the PlayStation Driver and hit Triangle, and from there you can turn
    on the options to makes your games load faster and/or smoothen out visuals.
    
    ***END HELP***
    
    Keep in mind that in this section, this is from the listed users experience.
    Feel free to e-mail me if you have more to contribute.
    
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    **                                   KEY                                **
    **                            FL = Fast Loading                         **
    **                         TS = Texture Smoothing                       **
    **       DS2 = Dual Shock 2(if a DS2 is played with the listed game)    **
    **            * = From Ben Matthews(ben_matthews3@hotmail.com)          **
    **           ** = From Joseph Manfredi(jmanfredi@monmouth.net)          **
    **             *** = From D. Minter(dminter@mindspring.com)             **
    **    ^ = From Roland Linssen(rlinssen@wanadoo.nl, PAL versions only)   **
    **              ^^ = From John Yaple(elecman_x@hotmail.com)             **
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    | ALIEN         | FL decreases load times by 40%. TS gives smoothness to |
    | RESURRECTION  | backgrounds/objects. DS2 makes movements more exact.   |
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    | CAPCOM vs     | FL/TS must be set to "Standard". Turning them on may   |
    | SNK PRO       | produce similar results as Street Fighter Alpha 3.     |
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    | CHRONO CROSS^^| TS smoothes out everything, except for key items. FL   |
    |               | increases speed, but occasionally crashes game.        |
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    | DESCENT^      | TS improves graphics by smoothing textures and items.  |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | DDR: KONAMIX**| TS gives very minimal improvement upon graphics.       |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | DOOM(PAL)^    | TS slightly improves graphics, items/enemies smooth,   |
    |               | textures still pixelated. FL has no effect.            |
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    | DRAGONBALL Z  | TS smoothes out the actual characters in battle and    |
    | U.B. 22(PAL)^^| backgrounds. FL causes game to crash often.            |
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    | DRAGON        | TS smoothes out any 2D images such as characters,      |
    | WARRIOR VII*  | trees, and enemies. All 3D remains the same.           |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | EVIL ZONE^^   | TS smoothes out 3D stuff. FL improves loading.         |
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    | FEAR EFFECT***| None of the four discs would load. PS1 logo lockup.    |
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    | FINAL FANTASY | On the C.T. disc, the graphics look slightly smoother. |
    | CHRONICLES^^  | FL has no effect.                                      |
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    | FINAL FANTASY | TS is slightly noticeable on things like magic and     |
    | TACTICS**     | summons, other things look a little etchy.             |
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    | FINAL FANTASY | FL causes the game to crash sometimes.                 |
    | VII**         |                                                        |
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    | FINAL FANTASY | FL slightly decreases load times when moving from place|
    | VIII**        | to place in a city. TS makes pixelated ground smoother.|
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    | GAUNTLET      | Issues similar to FEAR EFFECT.                         |
    | LEGENDS***    |                                                        |
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    | GRANDIA*      | TS smoothes out most of the jaggies in the game.       |
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    | GRAND THEFT   | FL reduces time on game's first loading screen.        |
    | AUTO 2*       |                                                        |
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    | GUNDAM BATTLE | TS smoothes mobile suits, main menu looks etchy.       |
    | ASSAULT**     |                                                        |
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    | GUNDAM BATTLE | TS smoothes out all the viewable pixels and jaggies on |
    | ASSAULT 2**   | the mobile suits making them look totally revamped.    |
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    | HEXEN^^       | FL improves load times significantly. TS smoothens up  |
    |               | wall textures and monsters vastly, also cuts slowdown. |
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    | LUNAR: TSSS** | FL makes loading faster when exploring place to place  |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | MDK^          | TS improves graphics, smoothes textures, causes a      |
    |               | slight flickering effect in backgrounds.               |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | MEGAMAN*      | TS slightly smooth out everything.                     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | MEGAMAN       | TS has no effect. FL sometimes causes game to hang     |
    | LEGENDS 2^^   | when you enter the options menu, up to five minutes.   |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | MEGAMAN X4^^  | TS causes the graphics to have slight borders.         |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | MEGAMAN X5-6^^| TS causes Zero's saber to move out of his hand.        | 
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | METAL GEAR    | TS improves graphics, noticeably the blood in the      |
    | SOLID**       | Ninja hall.                                            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | METAL GEAR    | After-effects similar to regular MGS.                  |
    | SOLID: VR^^   |                                                        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | NUCLEAR       | TS vastly smoothens the 3D graphics, but makes map     |
    | STRIKE^^      | screen grainier. FL improves FMV loading.              |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | PSYCHIC FORCE | TS makes characters and 3D backgrounds less blocky,    |
    | (PAL)^^       | also causes 2D textures to have weird borders.         |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | QUAKE II^     | TS improves graphics, Loading slightly faster with FL  |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | RAINBOW SIX*  | TS smoothes out 2D images. All 3D remains the same.    |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | RIVAL SCHOOLS | Disc 1, Arcade, does not load. Results are same as     |
    | UBF***        | Fear Effect. Disc 2, Evolution, will load.             |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | ROBO-PIT^^    | FL cuts down loading times completely. TS makes the    |
    |               | arenas, robots, and everything slightly better.        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | ROBOT-PIT 2^^ | TS vastly improves all textures. FL cuts loading times,|
    |               | but sometimes game hangs.                              | 
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | SILENT HILL   | FL causes FMVs to play at double speed. TS sometimes   |
    | (PAL)^^       | causes Harry's left leg to disappear randomly.         |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | SOUL BLADE**  | FL loads battles faster. TS makes slight improvements. |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | SPYRO THE     | TS smoothes out 3D stuff.                              |
    | DRAGON^^      |                                                        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | STAR OCEAN 2**| TS gives cleaner sprites on characters and battle      |
    |               | backgrounds. FL freezes at selecting New Game/Continue |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | STREET FIGHTER| FL causes game to crash. TS gives slightly better image|
    | ALPHA 3       | quality. DS2 gives easier time doing rotations.        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | STRIDER 2*    | TS smoothes out everything.                            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | TEKKEN 3**    | FL shortens loading times. TS improve character models.|
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | THE LEGEND OF | TS smoothes out blocks and jaggies.                    |
    | DRAGOON**     |                                                        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | TOMORROW NEVER| FL makes the music and sounds in the game play way too |
    | DIES*         | fast.                                                  |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | TORNEKO: THE  | FL shortens all load times by roughly 50%.             |
    | LAST HOPE*    |                                                        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | TOTAL ECLIPSE | TS smoothes out everything.                            |
    | TURBO*        |                                                        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | ULTIMATE MK3^^| Turning either option on forces the game to give error.|
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | XENOGEARS**   | TS improves graphics.                                  |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | YGO: FORBIDDEN| TS improves monsters and their attack effects. FL cuts |
    | MEMORIES^^    | loading times of battles and memory card "data load".  |
    o------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    EXTRA NOTES
    -----------
    ***Strider 2 - "With Strider 2, the Strider 2 disc behaves oddly on 2
    different PS2's I've owned. The Board 1 original release October 26,
    2000 model and a Board 7 model I had modded.  Even on the unmodded system,
    the PS2 will sometimes report the disc is not an original and refuses to
    load it.  Brings up Capcom's big red circle with an X through it and the
    phone number."
    
                       PS1 games that don't work at all on the PS2
                   [==================================================]
    
    (Submitted by Xjoopx75)
    
    March Madness 2000
    Gradius Deluxe Pack
    Toua Plan Shooting Battle
    Wing Commander III
    Gallop Racer
    the Japanese  Monster Rancher
    Dragonbeat
    Formula One 99
    Namco Museum Encore-any version of it
    
    Note: Every other game not listed here makes no difference whether you turn on
    the options or not.
    
                                     Compatibility
                                 [====================]
    
    At the back of every game case in the bottom, there should be some wide
    rectangular boxes that tell you which hardware is compatible with the game
    and how much space is required on the memory card to save. I will list what
    they mean one by one, in no particular order...
    
    a. White Box - Shows how many players can play the game at once.
    
    b. Light Blue Box(Memory Card(for PS2) - xxxkb) - The amount of space *minimum*
    required to save a game on the memory card.
    
    c. Pink Box(Analog Control) - Analog Control means you need to be using a
    controller with two analog sticks. Dual Shock and Dual Shock 2 are prime
    examples.
    
    d. Yellow Box(Vibration Function) - Only a Dual Shock type controller can have
    Vibration Function.
    
    e. Red Box(Pressure Sensitive) - A number of games does use this feature.
    A Dual Shock 2 is required to play this game.
    
    f. Purple Box(Multitap) - The multitap(sold separately) is supported.
    
    g. Green Box(Digital Control) - Any Controller will work fine, as long as
    they are compatible with PlayStation.
    
    h. Blue Box(Network Adaptor) - Either requires or supports the Network
    Adaptor(sold separately).
    
    i. Dark Blue Box(Progressive Scan) - Progressive Scan features are only
    in the SCPH-50000 or later models.
    
    j. Red Box(iLink) - iLink is supported. Very few games support it.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3-C. PERIPHERALS                                                      PS2-S3C
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From here I will only list the official peripherals they have for PS2 at this
    time being. This means no third-party stuff. I will also state the cost of
    each peripheral at this point. I will only listed the cost in US currency.
    All other currencies are different.
    
                          Memory Card for PlayStation 2(8MB)
                      [=========================================]
                       Cost: $24.99 for one, $39.99 for two pack
                                 Model: SCPH-10020 U
    
    The original PlayStation's memory cards were saved by blocks. This time,
    games are saved by bytes(like PC's). It's up to the developers how much
    space they want to use on the memory card. Most games take between 16KB
    -450KB at most. Role-Playing Games has those "save per file" systems where
    you can save as many files as long as there is space on the memory card.
    
    Capacity of one Sony official Memory Card is 8MB. Must be formatted(the
    PS2 prompts you for this the first time you put in a new purchased memory
    card) before it can be used.
    
    The 'Amaray' PlayStation 2 game cases has a Memory Card storage place
    inside. However, do NOT push all the way in(YES, this means do not SNAP
    it in), or else it will be quite difficult to pull it back out. You
    have been warned.
    
    There is a two-pack available from Sony. Saves you ten dollars.
    
                           Dual Shock 2 Analog Controller
                       [=====================================]
                                 Cost: $24.99 each
                                Model: SCPH-10010 U
    
    Yes, we all remember the original Dual Shock Analog Controllers. The only
    thing Analog back then was the twin Analog Sticks. This time, every button
    you see is analog except for Start and Select. The d-pad this time makes
    it easier to do rotations in 2-D and 3-D fighting games.
    
    Differences between Dual Shock 1 and Dual Shock 2:
    
             Dual Shock 1                         Dual Shock 2
             ------------                         ------------
    
       - Only the Twin Sticks             All buttons are Analog except
         are Analog.                         for 'START' and 'SELECT'.
    
       - D-pad is stiff.                  D-pad is smooth.
    
       - Cord is short.                   Cord is longer.
    
       - Doesn't say 'Dual Shock'         'DUAL SHOCK 2' is printed on
         on top of controller.                top of controller.
    
                           Vertical and Horizontal Stand
                       [====================================]
                                 Cost: $9.99 each
            Model: Vertical: SCPH-10040 U, Horizontal: SCPH-10110 U
    
    One good thing about the PlayStation 2 is that you can stand it vertical
    and still play games in that position. There is also a horizontal stand
    available if you want to add color to your PlayStation 2 system.
    
    PSTwo(SCPH-7001x) will be requiring a new Vertical Stand. Horizontal
    Stand not confirmed.
    
                                 Network Adaptor
                             [======================]
                                 Cost: $39.99 each
                                Model: SCPH-????? U
    
    Sony release the ability to go online back in August 2002. They released
    their game SOCOM: US Navy Seals to go along with it.
    
    (For more information on how to set up your Network Adaptor, please read
    Brutal Es Online Gaming FAQ)
    
    The new slimline model of the PS2(dubbed "PSTwo", SCPH-7001x) already has
    the Network Adaptor built-in.
    
                       DVD Remote Control + IR Receiver Unit
                   [============================================]
                                  Cost: $9.99 each
                                  Model: SCPH-10171
    
    For those of you who actually watch DVD Movies on your PS2, this may come
    in handy. The good thing is that you have more features to play around with.
    The bad thing is that the IR Receiver Unit will take up one controller port.
    In later models, Sony implemented the IR Receiver on the PS2 itself.
    
    Contributed by Xavier3156@aol.com on May 20, 2004:
    
    - There are three versions of the remote. The first did not have the reset
    and open/close buttons. The second added these. The third and the newest
    one is the second version remote packaged with a IR receiver and and
    updated driver disk.
    
                              Multitap(for 4-Player)
                          [=============================]
                                 Cost: $34.99 each
                                Model: SCPH-10090 U
    
    Yes, we remember the original Multitap for the PlayStation. Sony has made us
    a brand new black one. Read Section 4-A-2 for information on compatibility.
    
    PSTwo(SCPH-7001x) will be requiring a new Multitap to function.
    
                                 Sony USB Headset
                             [=======================]
                                 Cost: $29.99 each
                                Model: SCPH-????? U
    
    Yes, this is the headset that Sony released so you can talk to your buddies
    during online play. SOCOM II and Lifeline are two games that support this
    peripheral.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3-D. DVD PLAYER                                                       PS3-S3D
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    One good thing about your PlayStation 2 is that it's able to play your DVD
    Movies! However, there are specific regions that you can play. NTSC/J machines
    can play Region 2 DVDs, NTSC/UC plays Region 1 DVDs, and PAL I am not sure of.
    However, all PS2 systems can play DVDs that have "Region ALL" printed on the
    back of the case.
    
    **The Controls for the DVD player with a Dual Shock/Dual Shock 2 controller**
    
    L2 - Rewind
    R2 - Fast Forward
    L1 - Previous Chapter
    R1 - Next Chapter
    
    D-pad - Cursor Control
    Start - Pause/Play
    Select - Display the Control Panel
    
    L3 - Subtitle Options
    R3 - Audio Options
    
    X - Enter
    Triangle - DVD Menu
    Circle - Cancel/Stop
    Square - Title Menu
    
    **Note: The Japanese PS2's (NTSC/J) have Circle and X reversed.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3-E. DIFFERENT WAYS TO HOOK UP YOUR PS2 SYSTEM                        PS2-S3E
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    RFU Adaptor
    -----------
    
    Cost: $14.99
    Model: SCPH-10071
    
    This means by far the worst way to hook up your system. This adaptor supports
    most old TVs back in the 90's. Picture quality is dim, have a lot of fuzziness,
    and gives the PS2 the worst picture it can output. If you are paying so much
    for this machine, why reduce the picture quality of your games you love??
    
    
    Composite A/V
    -------------
    
    Cost: $14.99
    Model: SCPH-10030 U
    
    This is the one that actually comes with your system. It's a set of red, white,
    and yellow plugs that connects to the Audio/Video inputs on your TV. Compared
    to RF Adaptor, the picture quality is brighter, removes most of the fuzziness,
    and gives a decent picture. Most TVs these day should support this cable.
    
    S-Video(Super Video)
    --------------------
    
    Cost: $29.99
    Model: SCPH-10060 U
    
    This is one of the higher quality connections you can make. Picture quality
    is sharper and clearer compared to Composite. It make a HUGE difference, so
    paying for this cable is a no-brainer.
    
    Component RGB
    -------------
    
    Cost: $29.99
    Model: SCPH-10100 U
    
    This is the highest connection you can make. This is the clearest output the
    PS2 can provide. I'm not sure which TVs support these, but you'll definitely
    need a high-end TV.
    
    .............................................................................
    .............................................................................
                                     ************        *******  ************
    SECTION IV. PS2-S4                          *        *                   *
                                     ************        *        ************
    PLAYSTATION 2-ONLY               *                   *        *
                                     *             *******        ************
    .............................................................................
    .............................................................................
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    4-A. WHAT DO I GET IN THE PACKAGE?                                    PS2-S4A
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Purchasing a PlayStation 2 system through retail stores will most likely
    give you the full package inside. The package includes...
    
    PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System
    1 Dual Shock 2 Analog Controller(Black)
    1 Composite A/V Cable(Red, White, and Yellow Plugs)
    1 AV Power Cord
    1 Printed Set(Instruction Manual, etc..)
    
    Network Adaptor(for Online Pack)
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    4-B. CONNECTING YOUR PS2 TO THE TV                                    PS2-S4B
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    The System(Front End)
    
     ______________________
    |                     |<-----(Reset and Eject buttons)
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |<-----(Disc Tray)
    |                     |
    |        PS2          |
    |    PlayStation 2    |
    |                     |
    |                     | (FRONT END)
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |<-----(Memory Card Slots x2, Top)
    |                     |<-----(Controller Ports x2, Middle)
    |                     |<-----(USB Ports x2 and S400 i-Link, Bottom)
    |---------------------|   (iLink removed for SCPH-3900x/SCPH-5000x) 
    
    
    
    The System(Rear End)
     ______________________
    |                     |
    |                     |<---(Power Switch, Multi A/V Connector,
    |                     |      and AC IN Connector)
    |                     |<--(Optical Digital Output)
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |        PS2          |
    |    PlayStation 2    |
    |                     |
    |                     | (REAR END)
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |
    |                     |<-----\
    |                     |<----- ) The Expansion Bay(and PC Card slot)
    |                     |<-----/
    |                     |
    |---------------------|
    
    Step 1.
    
    Don't worry about the Expansion Bay for now. Instead take out the AV Power
    Cord and plug it in the back of the PlayStation 2 where there are two pins
    sticking out from inside(AC IN Connector), and then plug the other end to a
    working electrical outlet.
    
    Warning: There are voltage issues.
    
    1. If you are using a NTSC/UC machine, then the voltage is 120V.
    2. If you are using a NTSC/J machine, then the voltage is 100V.
    3. If you are using a PAL machine, then the voltage is 220V.
    4. If you live in  USA/Japan, then a NTSC/UC and NTSC/J machine is
        compatible with your outlet.
    5. If you live anywhere outside the USA, then you need a Power
        Converter which is available in any hardware store.
    
    Step 2.
    
    Now it depends on your TV now. If you see white and yellow inputs somewhere
    on your TV, then you're in luck because the Composite A/V cable that was
    included in the package supports it. You will not see the red input if your
    TV is monaural. See Section 3-E for more information on the other possible
    way to connect your PS2 to a TV.
    
    Step 3.
    
    Plug in the Dual Shock 2 controller in the front of the console. It might
    be hard to see where the port is.
    
    Step 4.
    
    Once you are done completing Steps 1-3, turn on the Power Switch on. You
    will see the "Sony Computer Entertainment" logo plus a nice blue background.
    Then, it will take you to the Browser and System Configuration menu.
    
    ---------
    Main Menu
    ---------
    
    |------------------------------------------|
    |                                          |
    |                                          |
    |                                          |
    |      **                   Browser        |
    |    *    *          System Configuration  |
    |      **                                  |
    |                                          |
    |                                          |
    |              (X) - Enter  (/_\) - Option |
    |------------------------------------------|
    
    This is where you see the Browser and System Configuration options. Pressing
    Triangle on this screen will take you to the Driver Menu.
    
    Console - SCPH-xxxxx
    Browser - x.xx
    CD Player - x.xx
    PlayStation Driver - x.xx
    DVD Player - x.xx
    
    *Pressing Triangle while hi-lighting 'Console' will take you to the Diagnosis
    feature, which I will no idea on what it does. But Sony claims that turning
    this on will give you the best possible disc playback.
    
    *Pressing Triangle while hi-lighting 'PlayStation Driver' will take you to
    the enhancements that you can turn on for better PlayStation game playback.
    Some games work, some don't. See Section 4-A-3 for more information. In this
    menu you can turn on the following options..
    
    Disc Speed - Toggle between Standard/Fast Loading
    Texture Mapping - Toggle between Standard/Smooth
    
    -------
    Browser
    -------
    
    This is where you manage your save files from your memory cards or start a
    disc that's already inside the PlayStation 2, if it's compatible.
    
    --------------------
    System Configuration
    --------------------
    
    This is where you change your system settings. If you have a memory card,
    then you'll need 5KB of space to save the System Settings.
    
    The following in the System Configuration options can be initially changed
    regardless of your hookup.
    
    - Time, Date, and Daylight Savings(This is where you change your time
    settings.)
    - Language(NTSC/J version will only have English and Japanese, NTSC/UC
    and PAL version don't have Japanese language. Instead, they have
    English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and German.)
    - Digital Optical Output: On/Off(If you have a speaker system hooked up
    at the back, you can turn this on, and sound will come out of the Optical
    Digital Output.
    - Screen Size(Set your screen size to either a 4:3, 16:9, or Full Screen
    ratio)
    - Component Video Out: Either "RGB" or "Y Cb/Pb Cr/Pr", depending on which
    hookup you are using.
    
    Consult your manual for more information.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    4-C. HARD DISK DRIVE(HDD) INFORMATION                                 PS2-S4C
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    *                 *                     *                    *
    *                 *                     *                    *
    *                 *                     *                    *
    *******************    ******************   ******************
    *                 *    *                    *
    *                 *    *                    *
    *                 *    ******************   ******************
    
    The HDD unit was released on March 23, 2004 in the USA by Sony Computer
    Entertainment America. If you are curious of when it was released in Japan,
    it was sometime in mid-2001. European gamers wont get it until sometime
    later.
    
                        What Do You Get In the Package?
                    [======================================]
                       (Contributed by Xavier3156@aol.com)
    
    - 40GB(Gigabyte) Hard Disk Drive(HDD) with brackets
    - HDD Utility Disc Ver. 1.10
    - HDD Manual
    - HDD Utility Disc Ver. 1.10 Manual
    - Final Fantasy XI Game
      - FFXI Manual(which is 164 pages long)
      - Quick Start Guide(13 Pages long)
      - Final Fantasy XI Game Disc
      - PlayOnline/Tetra Master Disc
    
    The HDD will come preinstalled with the Final Fantasy XI game and it's
    additional software. So how much space does it take. The whole thing takes
    10GB almost. Let me break it down to you:
    
    Final Fantasy XI Game - 8,192MB
    Tetra Master - 128MB
    PlayOnline Viewer - 1,024MB
    
                                   Features
                               [===============]
    
    Here are some things you should know about the HDD..
    (Contributed by Xavier3156@aol.com)
    
    The 40GB HDD is preformatted, so the actual capacity of the HDD is
    38,144MB.
    
    You can put saves of games in the HDD unit, but you can't save directly
    onto it unless the games supports it.(Many games in Japan support the HDD
    unit, and only two support it in the USA, so far..) You can, however,
    transfer the saves over from your memory card for storage only. If you
    want to use the saves, you must transfer them back. Kind of like PS1 saves
    on a PS2 memory card.
    
    A Network Adaptor is required for installation of the HDD. If you do not
    have a Network Adaptor, you need to shell out forty bucks to get one. You
    slide the HDD into the Expansion Bay and then you firmly push the Network
    Adaptor onto it. Xavier also said: "The HDD is actually just a standard
    40GB 5600RPM drive you'd find in a PC. You could probably reformat it and
    use it as a PC drive if you decide to go temporarily insane."
    
    More from Xavier...
    
    "I noticed that when you turn the PS2 on(from hibernation" via the front
    power button) it automatically reads the HDD each time. I noticed that it
    seemed too slow loading a game by a few seconds but it may just be me
    because I have been playing .hack and that particular game takes a while
    to load anyway."
    
    "I am not sure about previous version of Ps2's but mine has a light
    slightly below the 2nd controller port located in the vents. This is a
    "active" light for the drive and will turn on when the HDD is being read.
    I am not sure if this was in all versions of the PS2 but the HDD manual
    notes the light so I would assume it refers to all versions."
    
    Contributed by Xavier3156@aol.com on May 20, 2004:
    
    "I forgot to mention that certain titles benefit from the HDD. It will
    speed up load times, etc. The only American release I am aware of that
    currently uses this is Resident Evil: Outbreak. I believe RE:O actually
    lets you place the entire game onto the HDD, however I cannot currently
    confirm this since I do not not have the game."
    
    Revised from his message..
    
    - There are older versions of the PS2 without a HDD expansion bay. These
    versions of the PS2 were only released in Japan, and a external HDD unit
    must be purchased for it. A lot of Japanese games support the HDD unit,
    being SCEI released the HDD since mid-2001. Such games that support it
    are Final Fantasy X, Capcom vs SNK 2, Ace Combat 4, Xenosaga Episode 1,
    etc.. However, the codes for installing into the HDD has been removed
    for the American and European versions.
    
    - The HDD utility disc has the updated DVD driver(which is ironcically
    place onto a memory card and cannot be copied/transferred).
    
    (There will be more on the HDD pretty soon!! Again, big thanks to Xavier
    for the information on the HDD.)
    
    
    .............................................................................
    .............................................................................
                                     ************        *******  ************
    SECTION V. PS2-S5                           *        *                   *
                                     ************        *        ************
    PSTWO-only                       *                   *        *
                                     *             *******        ************
    .............................................................................
    .............................................................................
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    5-A. WHAT DO I GET IN THE PACKAGE?                                    PS2-S5A
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Purchasing a PlayStation 2(PSTwo) system through retail stores will most
    likely give you the full package inside. The package includes...
    
    PlayStation 2(PSTwo) Computer Entertainment System
    1 Dual Shock 2 Analog Controller(Black)
    1 Composite A/V Cable(Red, White, and Yellow Plugs)
    1 AV Power Cord
    1 AC BOX
    1 Printed Set(Instruction Manual, etc..)
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    5-B. CONNECTING YOUR PSTWO TO THE TV                                  PS2-S5B
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    The System(Front End)
    
     ________________________
    |                        |<-----(Reset Button)
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |<-----(Flip-Top)
    |                        |
    |                        |<--(USB Port)
    |                        |
    |                        |<--(USB Port, Bottom)(Eject Button, Top)
    |------------------------| (FRONT END)
    | PS2                    |
    |------------------------|
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |<-----(Memory Card Slots x2, Top)
    |                        |<-----(Controller Ports x2, Bottom)
    |                        |
    |------------------------| 
    
    
    
    The System(Rear End)
    
     ________________________
    |                        |<-----(AC IN)
    |                        |<-----(Multi-AV Input)
    |                        |<---(DIGITAL OPTICAL OUTPUT)
    |                        |<---(NETWORK, Ethernet/Analog Modem)
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |------------------------|
    | PS2                    |
    |------------------------|
    |                        | (REAR END)
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |                        |
    |------------------------| 
    
    
    Step 1.
    
    Take out the AV Power Cord and plug it in the back of the AC Box, and use
    that cord to plug to the back of the PlayStation 2 where the yellow input
    is sticking out from inside(AC IN Connector), and then plug the other end
    to a working electrical outlet.
    
    Warning: There are voltage issues.
    
    1. If you are using a NTSC/UC machine, then the voltage is 120V.
    2. If you are using a NTSC/J machine, then the voltage is 100V.
    3. If you are using a PAL machine, then the voltage is 220V.
    4. If you live in  USA/Japan, then a NTSC/UC and NTSC/J machine is
        compatible with your outlet.
    5. If you live anywhere outside the USA, then you need a Power
        Converter which is available in any hardware store.
    
    Step 2.
    
    Now it depends on your TV now. If you see white and yellow inputs somewhere
    on your TV, then you're in luck because the Composite A/V cable that was
    included in the package supports it. You will not see the red input if your
    TV is monaural. See Section 3-E for more information on the other possible
    way to connect your PS2 to a TV.
    
    Step 3.
    
    Plug in the Dual Shock 2 controller in the front of the console. It might
    be hard to see where the port is.
    
    Step 4.
    
    Once you are done completing Steps 1-3, turn on the Power Switch on. You
    will see the "Sony Computer Entertainment" logo plus a nice blue background.
    Then, it will take you to the Browser and System Configuration menu.
    
    ---------
    Main Menu
    ---------
    
    |------------------------------------------|
    |                                          |
    |                                          |
    |                                          |
    |      **                   Browser        |
    |    *    *          System Configuration  |
    |      **                                  |
    |                                          |
    |                                          |
    |              (X) - Enter  (/_\) - Option |
    |------------------------------------------|
    
    This is where you see the Browser and System Configuration options. Pressing
    Triangle on this screen will take you to the Driver Menu.
    
    Console - SCPH-xxxxx
    Browser - x.xx
    CD Player - x.xx
    PlayStation Driver - x.xx
    DVD Player - x.xx
    
    *Pressing Triangle while hi-lighting 'Console' will take you to the Diagnosis
    feature, which I will no idea on what it does. But Sony claims that turning
    this on will give you the best possible disc playback.
    
    *Pressing Triangle while hi-lighting 'PlayStation Driver' will take you to
    the enhancements that you can turn on for better PlayStation game playback.
    Some games work, some don't. See Section 3-B-3 for more information. In this
    menu you can turn on the following options..
    
    Disc Speed - Toggle between Standard/Fast Loading
    Texture Mapping - Toggle between Standard/Smooth
    
    -------
    Browser
    -------
    
    This is where you manage your save files from your memory cards or start a
    disc that's already inside the PlayStation 2, if it's compatible.
    
    --------------------
    System Configuration
    --------------------
    
    This is where you change your system settings. If you have a memory card,
    then you'll need 5KB of space to save the System Settings.
    
    The following in the System Configuration options can be initially changed
    regardless of your hookup.
    
    - Time, Date, and Daylight Savings(This is where you change your time
    settings.)
    - Language(NTSC/J version will only have English and Japanese, NTSC/UC
    and PAL version don't have Japanese language. Instead, they have
    English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and German.)
    - Digital Optical Output: On/Off(If you have a speaker system hooked up
    at the back, you can turn this on, and sound will come out of the Optical
    Digital Output.
    - Screen Size(Set your screen size to either a 4:3, 16:9, or Full Screen
    ratio)
    - Component Video Out: Either "RGB" or "Y Cb/Pb Cr/Pr", depending on which
    hookup you are using.
    
    Consult your manual for more information.
    
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    5-C. PLAYSTATION 2 VS PSTWO DIFFERENCES                               PS2-S5C
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    +========================================================================+
    |           PlayStation 2          ==             PSTwo                  |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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    |            HDD Support           ==         No HDD Support             |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |        No Modem/Ethernet ports   ==    Analog Modem/Ethernet ports     |
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    |    301mm(W) x 182mm(D) x 78mm(H) ==  230 mm(W) x 28 mm(H) x 152 mm(D)  |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |      All PS2 games will work     ==   Final Fantasy XI will not work   |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |           PSTwo requires the newer Multitap and Vertical Stand         |
    +========================================================================+
    
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    6-A. MUST HAVE GAMES                                                  PS2-S6A
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    In this section, it's just my opinion and what I've seen most of the fans
    suggested. Some other people may have better opinions than me. Keep in mind
    that this section is only for PlayStation 2, hence the PS2 FAQ :P.
    
    * = From Josh Michalski..
    
                               Must-Have Games of 2000
                          [==============================]
    
    Year 2000 wasn't a good year for the PlayStation 2. Some of the launch titles
    were okay, but it was mostly the backwards compatibility feature that saved
    it from going down in sales.
    
    Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore(3-D Fighting, Tecmo)
    Dynasty Warriors 2(Action/Strategy, Koei/Omega Force)
    *Red Faction(Action, THQ)
    Silent Scope(Action, Konami)
    Street Fighter EX3(3-D Fighting, Arika/Capcom)
    
    
                               Must-Have Games of 2001
                          [==============================]
    
    Now we're talking. 2001 was probably the best year for PlayStation 2 as it
    had so many amazing titles.
    
    Devil May Cry(Action/Thriller, Capcom)
    Dynasty Warriors 3(Action/Strategy, Koei/Omega Force)
    Final Fantasy X(RPG, Turn-based, Squaresoft)
    Grand Theft Auto 3(Action/Driving, Rockstar)
    Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec(Racing, Polyphony Digital)
    Ico(Action/Fantasy, SCE)
    Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy(Action/Platformer, Naughty Dog/SCEA)
    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty(Action/Adventure, Konami)
    Onimusha: Warlords(Action, Capcom)
    Resident Evil: Code Veronica X(Action/Horror, Capcom)
    Silent Hill 2(Survival Horror, Konami)
    Twisted Metal: Black(Action/Racing, SCE/Incog Inc.)
    Zone of the Enders(Mech-type Anime Combat Action, Konami)
    
                               Must-Have Games of 2002
                          [==============================]
    
    2002 was a pretty cool year..
    
    Dynasty Tactics(Strategy, Koei)
    Fatal Frame(Horror, Tecmo)
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City(Action/Driving, Rockstar)
    *Kingdom Hearts(RPG, Square-Enix)
    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(Action/Fantasy, Surreal Software)
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers(Action/Fantasy, EA Games/Stormfront Studios)
    *Medal of Honor: Frontline(Action/War, EA Games)
    NBA Street Vol. 2(Sports, EA)
    Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny(Action, Capcom)
    Ratchet and Clank(Action/Platformer, Insomniac/SCE)
    *Red Faction 2(Action, THQ)
    Silent Hill 2: Greatest Hits!(if you don't have Silent Hill 2 yet, Konami)
    SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals(Action/Shooter, SCE/Zipper Interactive)
    Suikoden III(RPG, Konami)
    The Mark of Kri(Beat 'Em Up Action, SCE)
    
                               Must-Have Games of 2003
                          [==============================]
    
    However, 2003 has more titles than 2001 did.. as developers are getting
    better....
    
    Castlevania: Lament of Innocence(Action, Konami)
    Chaos Legion(Action/RPG, Capcom)
    Dynasty Warriors 3: XTreme Legends(Action/Strategy, Koei/Omega Force)
    Dynasty Warriors 4(Action/Strategy, Koei)
    Dynasty Warriors 4: XTreme Legends(Action/Strategy, Koei)
    EyeToy: Play(Miscellaneous, SCEE)
    Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly(Horror, Tecmo)
    Final Fantasy X-2(RPG, Square-Enix)
    Grand Theft Auto Double Pack(if you haven't got the games already, Rockstar)
    Jak II(Action/Platformer, Naughty Dog/SCEA)
    King of Fighters 2000/2001 pack(2-D Fighting, SNK Playmore)
    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(Action/Fantasy, EA Games)
    Manhunt(Action, Rockstar)
    *Medal of Honor: Rising Sun(Action/War, EA Games)
    Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance(if you don't have Sons of Liberty yet, Konami)
    NBA Jam(Sports - Basketball, Acclaim)
    Need for Speed: Underground(Racing, EA)
    Primal(Action/Adventure, SCEE)
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time(Action, Ubi Soft)
    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando(Action/Platformer, Insomniac/SCEA)
    Silent Hill 3(Survival Horror, Konami)
    SOCOM II: U.S. Navy Seals(Action/Shooter, SCE/Zipper Interactive)
    *Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(Action/Stealth, Ubi Soft)
    Tokyo Extreme Racer 3(Racing, Crave/Genki)
    Tony Hawk's UnderGround(Extreme Sports, Activision/Neversoft Entertainment)
    WWE Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain(Wrestling, THQ/Yuke's)
    Xenosaga Episode 1(RPG, Turn based, Namco/Monolith Soft)
    Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner(Mech-type Anime Combat Action, Konami)
    
                               Must-Have Games of 2004
                          [==============================]
    
    Year 2004 is already here, so get ready! Here are some upcoming must-haves
    for this year! Once again, some are from my suggestions and some are from
    other PlayStation 2 fan suggestions.
    
    Dragonball Z: Budokai 3(3-D Fighting, Atari)
    Final Fantasy XI(MMORPG, Square-Enix)
    Jak III(Platformer, Naughty Dog/SCEA)
    Gradius V(Side shooter, Konami)
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas(Action/Driving, Rockstar)
    Killzone(Action, SCEE)
    King of Fighters: Maximum Impact(3-D Fighting, SNK)
    Maximo vs Army of Zin(Action, Capcom)
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater(Action/Stealth, Konami)
    Mortal Kombat: Deception(3-D Fighting, Midway)
    Neo Contra(Shooter, Konami)
    NIco(or Ico 2)(Action/Fantasy, SCEA, unconfirmed)
    Onimusha 3: Demon Siege(Action/Hack n' Slash, Capcom)
    Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal(Platformer, Insomniac)
    Resident Evil: Outbreak(Survival Horror/Online, Capcom)
    Rumble Roses(Female Wrestling, Konami)
    Silent Hill 4: The Room(Survival Horror, Konami)
    Siren(Horror, SCEI)
    Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow(Online/Stealth/Action, Ubi Soft)
    Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time(RPG, Square-Enix)
    Viewtifoe Joe(2D Adventure, Capcom)
    Viewtifoe Joe 2(2D Adventure, Capcom)
    
    
                               Games of 2005 and Beyond
                           *******************************
    
    Year 2005 is already here, and here are some games you might want
    to take note of.(USA release dates only)
    
    Castlevania: Curse of Darkness(Action, Konami)
    Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition(Action/Gothic, Capcom)
    Devil Kings(Action, Capcom)
    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King(RPG, Square-Enix)
    Dynasty Warriors 5(Action/Hack n' Slash, Koei/Omega Force)
    Enthusia Professional Racing(Racing, Konami)
    Fatal Frame III - The Tormented(Horror, Tecmo)
    Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus(RPG, Square-Enix)
    Final Fantasy XII(RPG, Square-Enix)
    God of War(Action, SCEA)
    Gran Turismo 4(Racing, Polyphony Digital)
    Haunting Ground(Horror, Capcom)
    Jak X: Combat Racing(Platformer, SCEA/Naughty Dog)
    Kingdom Hearts II(RPG, Square-Enix)
    Metal Slug 4/5(2D Side-shooter, SNK Playmore)
    Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks(3-D Fighting, Midway)
    Nanobreaker(Futuristic Shooter, Konami)
    Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams(Action, Capcom)
    Ratchet: Deadlocked(Platformer, SCEA/Insomniac)
    Resident Evil 4(Horror, Capcom)
    Resident Evil Outbreak File #2(Survival Horror/Online, Capcom)
    Shadow of the Colossus(Action/Puzzle, Sony)
    Silent Hill 5(Unconfirmed title, Horror, Konami)
    SOCOM 3: US Navy Seals(Online Shooter, SCEA/Zipper Interactive)
    Suikoden IV(Turn-Based RPG, Konami)
    Suikoden V(RPG, Konami) - Spring 2006
    World Soccer Winning Eleven 8(Sports, Konami)
    World Soccer Winning Eleven 9(Sports, Konami)
    Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose(RPG, Namco)
    Xenosaga Episode III(RPG, Namco)
    
    
                         6-A-7. Best Series on PlayStation 2
                        [===================================]
    
    Final Fantasy(RPG, Square-Enix)
    *Madden NFL Football(Sports-Football, EA Games)
    Metal Gear(Action/Konami)
    Onimusha(Action/Capcom)
    Resident Evil(Action/Capcom)
    
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    6-B. GAMES DEVELOPED BY SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT                   PS2-S6B
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    This part of the section only lists the games developed by Sony Computer
    Entertainment. Some games are released worldwide, and some games are released
    in their respective regions.
    
    (From GameFAQs.Com)
    
    SCEA
    ----
    Dark Cloud(RPG)
    God of War(Action/Greek Mythology)
    I.Q. Remix+: Intelligent Qube(Music)
    Kinetica(Mech Racing)
    NBA Shootout 2003(Sports-Basketball)
    NFL Gameday 2001(Sports-Football)
    Popolocrois III
    Rise to Honor(Action/Martial Arts)
    Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain(Action/Shooter)
    The Mark of Kri(Action)
    TVDJ
    
    SCEE
    ----
    
    Dropship: United Peace Force
    EyeToy: Play/Groove(Miscellaneous)
    Formula One 2001
    Formula One 2002
    Formula One 2003
    GhostHunter(Horror)
    Hardware
    Primal(Action)
    This is Football 2002(Sports)
    Wipeout Fusion
    World Tour Soccer 2002(Sports)
    World Tour Soccer 2003(Sports)
    
    SCEI
    ----
    Ally of Justice
    Ape Escape 2(Action)
    Ape Escape 2001(Action)
    Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits(RPG)
    Boku no Natsuyasumi 2
    Fantavision(Puzzle)
    Forbidden Siren(Suspense)
    Hungry Ghosts
    Ico(Action/Fantasy)
    Mojib Ribbon
    Operator's Side
    Otosaz
    Phase Paradox
    Poinie's Poin
    Shadow of the Collossus(Action/Fantasy)
    Sky Gunner
    Sky Odyssey
    Space Fishermen
    Surveillance
    
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    7-A. SONY PSP(PLAYSTATION PORTABLE)                                   PS2-S7A
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    Cost: $249.99(Value Pack - Headphones/Memory Stick/AC/Battery Pack included)
          $199.99(Core Pack - PSP system, Battery Pack, AC Adaptor)
          $249.99(Entertainment Pack - Memory Stick/AC/Battery Pack, UMDs)
    
    The Sony PSP is a handheld developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. to
    compete with the Nintendo DS and all other handhelds in the handheld market.
    It's recent specifications are posted at:
    
    http://www.playstationportable.info/
    
    The Sony PSP was released in Japan on December 12, 2004. It comes in two
    packs. One standard with a AC Adaptor. And a value pack which includes
    headphones with remote, 32MB Memory Stick, and a leather carrying case.
    
    The Sony PSP was released in North America on March 24, 2005. It comes in as
    a Value or Entertainment Pack, costing 250 dollars. It's also available with
    a Core Pack, costing 200 dollars.
    
    The Sony PSP was released in Europe on September 1, 2005.
    
    
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    7-B. SONY PLAYSTATION 3                                               PS2-S7B
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    Cost: $499.99(20GB HDD, Limited wireless capabilities)
          $599.99(60GB HDD, All wireless capabilities)
    
    The Sony PlayStation 3 was released on November 11, 2006 in Japan and
    November 17, 2006 in North America. Cost is currently not affordable for the
    average gamer, but that will pass over time.
    
    
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    7-C. SONY PSX                                                         PS2-S7C
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    Many people will confuse this for the original PlayStation. The original
    PlayStation was abbreviated "PS" by Sony. The "PSX" abbreviation was made up
    by the fans. This new PSX that Sony has released features a DVD-Burner,
    a hard drive, and the ability to play PlayStation 2 games.
    
    Here are the current specs for the "PSX" home entertainment system..
    (From http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/200310/03-1007E/)
    
    This just came in from Xavier3156@aol.com:
    
    "Sony decided to release the PSX without the DVD burner at the last minute
    in time for the 2003 holiday season. It looks like the PSX wont reach the
    states as well.."
    
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    SECTION VIII. PS2-S8                        *        *                   *
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    COMPARISON BETWEEN NINTENDO      *                   *        *
    GAMECUBE AND MICROSOFT XBOX      *             *******        ************
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    8-A. COMPARED TO NINTENDO GAMECUBE                                    PS2-S8A
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                         Nintendo Gamecube Specifications
                         ********************************
    (From http://www.psreporter.com/gamecube_specifications.html)
    
    MPU (Microprocessor Unit): 485 MHz custom IBM PowerPC "Gekko"
    Floating Point Performance: 1.9GFLOPS
    Graphics Processor: 162 MHz custom ATI/Nintendo "Flipper"
    Full Scene Anti-Aliasing: Yes
    Texture-Read Bandwidth: 10.4 GB per second (peak)
    Main Memory Bandwidth: 2.6 GB per second (peak)
    Pixel Depth: 24-bit color, 24-bit Z buffer
    Sound Processor: 81 MHz custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
    Sound Performance: 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM encoding
    Polygon Performance: 6 to 12 million polygons per second (peak)
    System Memory: 40 MB
    Main Memory: 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM
    Disc Drive: 128 ms CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) system
    Data Transfer Speed: 16 Mbps to 25 Mbps
    Media: 3-inch, 1.5 GB capacity disc
    Controller Ports: Four
    Memory Card Slots: Two
    Audio-Video Output: Analog and digital
    Dimensions: 4.3 by 5.9 by 6.3 inches (height by width by depth)
    
                                The Game Library
                           [=======================]
    
    The PlayStation 2, no doubt, obviously has the bigger game library because
    it came out a year earlier. While most of the games are Rated Mature on
    PlayStation 2 compared to Nintendo Gamecube, it attracts more adults into
    the system. But that does not mean that Gamecube doesn't have any Mature
    -rated games. It's got Resident Evil from Capcom Entertainment.
    
                                 The Hardware
                             [===================]
    
    Central Processing Unit
    -----------------------
    
    The heart of every console. The Gamecube is a lot faster than the PlayStation
    2. It can have shorter loading times as well.
    
    Disc Capacity, Load Times
    -------------------------
    
    Nintendo is trying to reduce load times by using mini-discs. The capacity
    of this mini-disc is 1.5GB. You'll see more multi-disc games on Gamecube
    than PlayStation 2. The disc capacity for one PS2 DVD is around 4.7GB for
    one layer and 8.5GB for dual layer. One good thing about the PlayStation 2
    is that it is capable of playing DVD Movies as Gamecube lacks that feature.
    
    Graphics
    --------
    
    Without a doubt the Gamecube can produce much better details than the
    PlayStation 2. But that doesn't mean the PlayStation 2 have bad graphics.
    We're seeing some great games with great graphics such as Silent Hill 3,
    Chaos Legion, and Devil May Cry. As for Gamecube, the Resident Evil
    Remake from Capcom has pleased every RE fan's eyes, and has put almost
    70% of the PS2's library to shame.
    
    Expandibility
    -------------
    
    The PlayStation 2 has two USB ports, one PCMCIA slot, a expansion bay, a
    network adaptor, and the hard drive. The Gamecube has parallel ports, four
    controller ports, a serial port, and the ability to hook up a Gameboy Player
    for GBA playback on games. One of the USB devices for the PS2 developed
    officially by Sony is the EyeToy. It's true that PlayStation 2 has more
    expandibility than other next-gen consoles.
    
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    8-B. COMPARED TO MICROSOFT'S XBOX                                     PS2-S8B
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                          Xbox Hardware Specifications
                          ****************************
    
    The Intel-Custom 733MHz Processor
    ---------------------------------
    Clock Speed: ~733MHz
    Main Memory: 64MB Double Data Rate(DDR) SDRAM
    Memory Bus Bandwidth: 6.4GB per second
    Floating Point Performance: 2.93GFLOPS
    Polygon Rate: 125 Million per second
    Compressed Image Decoder: MPEG-2
    
    The 250MHz Custom-Designed NV2X
    -------------------------------
    Clock Speed: 250Mhz
    Max Polygon Performance: 125 Million/sec
    Pixel Fill Rate: 4.8GB/s, No Texture, One Texture, and Two Textures
    Compressed Textures: Yes(6:1)
    Maximum Resolution: 1920x1080(HDTV)
    HDTV Game/Movie: Yes
    Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing: Yes
    
    The Sound
    ---------
    Number of Voices: 64 channels, with 3D surround sound
    Supports: 3D Audio, Midi/DLS2, AC-3
    
    Miscellaneous
    -------------
    Format: Can run Xbox games, DVD Movies, and Audio CDs.
    Capacity: Xbox game(DVD-9, 8.5GB)
    Speed: DVD-ROM - 2-5X speed
    Expandibility: Controller Ports(x4), Memory Card, Broadband-Enabled
    
    
                                 The Game Library
                            [=======================]
    
    Okay, both PS2 and Xbox have a uber amount of Teen-Mature games. While the
    Xbox has more better First-Person Shooters than PlayStation 2, the PS2 wins
    in RPGs and Racing games. Certainly, the Japanese developers would support
    PlayStation 2 more than they support Xbox because it has a much bigger
    fanbase and they are still trying to *di-sect* the hardware to give their
    games the best possible solution.
    
    There's not many exclusives on the Xbox than PlayStation 2. Some games are
    not developed for a certain console because of hardware limitations(even at
    Capcom's site, they tell you that), or by the wishes of the console
    manufacturer, not just because of the fanbase.
    
                                  The Hardware
                              [===================]
    
    Graphics
    --------
    
    Let me be clear on something about the graphics between the PlayStation 2
    and the Xbox. For my opinion, I don't think it can be comparable. It's not
    that it's unfair, but it just *seems* as if PlayStation 2's graphic
    capabilities is heading in a different direction than Xbox. Multiplatform
    games will look better on Xbox obviously.
    
    Central Processing Unit
    -----------------------
    
    Or the CPU for short. The PS2 has twice the performance than Xbox. I'm
    sorry, but Xbox websites don't tell you that. They only tell you the
    comparison of graphics and sound. Let me explain.. first, bits don't matter
    anymore, and MHz don't matter either. It's the FLOPS. You measure a CPU's
    performance by FLOPS. The PS2 can perform up to 6.2 GFLOPS while the Xbox
    can do a little over 3.0 GFLOPS.
    
    JorDaN Clock(as of 06-19-2004) confirmed:
    
    "The 3GFLOPS is the XCPU, which handles things like AI and physics,
    while the XGPU is 80GLOPS for all the visual stuff. That's why they
    are different."
    
    Mike Hannon(as of 08-02-2006) confirmed:
    
    "To be completely blunt with you, FLOPS is a rather poor indicator of
    actual preformance. It's more of a measurement tool.
    
    For instance, the amount of FLOPS in an average 2004 desktop PC is around
    2.5-3.0 GFLOPS. The Sega Dreamcast, if i recall correctly, had a 1.2 GFLOPS.
    Does that, however, mean that the Dreamcast is 1/3 as powerful as a Pentium 4
    desktop? Of course not. Run a Dreamcast through 3DMarks and it wouldn't even
    begin to come close to desktop PCs. I'm afraid MHz (currently now GHz and soon
    to be THz) is still important.
    
    Like Communism and religion, FLOPS sounds good on paper, but doesn't measure
    up (pun intended) to real-life computational facts."
    
    Memory
    ------
    
    The Xbox has 64MB of DDR SDRAM running at 200MHz. The PlayStation 2 has 32MB
    of RDRAM running at 800MHz, dual channel. Comparison charts in websites don't
    tell you that. They just simply state the amount. Even if Xbox had 128MB of
    memory, Japanese developers would still prefer the PS2's memory system. Why?
    Beats me, I've just read about this in some article.
    
    Contributed by JorDan Clock(on June 19, 2004):
    
    - "Well, I am quite sure it has to do with RDRAM having greater bandwidth.
    If the developers can have greater bandwidth, they don't need larger amounts
    of RAM. RDRAM is dual channel, thus it has 3.2GB of bandwidth going up and
    down. So RDRAM technically has 6.4GB of bandwidth, but DDR has to share it's
    bandwidth between up and down."
    
    Expandibility
    -------------
    
    The Xbox has a built-in hard drive, 4 controller ports, and online-enabled.
    If you want the same thing for PlayStation 2, you need to dish out over $300
    for all the additional hardware. However, for the Xbox, you need to buy a
    DVD Remote for DVD Movie compatibility. For the PlayStation 2, you don't have
    to. You can simply use your controller as one, but you'll be missing out on
    certain features that the official DVD Remote has.
    
    PS2 vs NGC vs Xbox - Last Minute Notes
    --------------------------------------
    
    It all comes down to the developer. A development team such as Hideo Kojima's
    team at Konami Computer Entertainment Japan can utilize a lot of power with
    the PS2. The same goes for Square-Enix with Final Fantasy X. Some details are
    done better on the PS2, and some details are done better on Gamecube/Xbox.
    
    A multiplatform game will definitely look better on the Gamecube/Xbox than
    the PlayStation 2 because the hardware is user-friendly and easier to work
    with. But a game heavily programmed on the PlayStation 2(FFX, MGS2, R&C)
    will have to be watered-down to play on the Xbox. The Gamecube can handle
    it well. Then a game designed heavily on the Xbox(Halo, DoA:XBV, PGR) will
    have to be toned down for the PlayStation 2 to handle it. But the Gamecube
    will handle it just fine with some tweaks here and there.
    
    Xbox Advantages over PlayStation 2
    ----------------------------------
    
    - Best Online Support
    - Best Sound(More Interactive Music in games)
    - Comes with a Hard drive and 4 controller ports
    - High-Resolution support for Gaming and DVD Movies(HDTV required & kit)
    - PC ports(Easy to port a PC game to the Xbox)
    - Broadband-Enabled
    
    Gamecube Advantages over PlayStation 2
    --------------------------------------
    
    - Clearer Sharper Graphics
    - Faster Loading Times
    - Four Controller Ports
    - Easy-to-use hardware
    
    PlayStation 2 Advantages over Xbox/Gamecube
    -------------------------------------------
    
    - Free Online Gaming(except for Everquest and Final Fantasy XI)
    - Best Controller(IMO)
    - Larger Library of Games
    - Backward Compatibility
    - Expandibility(For In-Home Entertainment)
    - DVD Movie player does not require remote(where Xbox requires it).
    
    Xbox/Gamecube Advantages over PlayStation 2
    -------------------------------------------
    
    - Not many Disc Read Error problems.(lol)(Read below for Common Issues)
    
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    9-A. DISC READ ERRORS                                                 PS2-S9A
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    Ah, the most common of problems with nearly half of the PS2 owners out there
    is the dreaded Disc Read Errors(or DREs for short). People said that the
    SCPH-30001 R models of the PlayStation 2 mostly cause the issue. All others
    seem to work fine.
    
                         How to Handle Disc Read Errors
                     [=====================================]
    
    There are a few ways to handle the problem. These are from my experience
    and may not work effectively with you. You are better off if you read the
    Disc Read Error FAQs that other contributors have posted in this site.
    They go into more detail and give more effective ways to solve your problems.
    
    However, here are my methods:
    
    1. The Sweat Method
    -------------------
    
    Cleaning: A Disc with a plethora of minor scratches
    Effectiveness: Low to Rare(1 out of 5 chances)
    Tools: Lint-Free Cloth and a Person who sweats a lot
    
    This may sound confusing at first glance, but if you work out or go out on a
    hot sunny day and sweat a lot, you take a lint-free cloth and wipe your sweat
    with it. Then you wipe that sweaty part of the cloth on the bottom of the
    disc as gently as possible. Then clean it dry and pop the disc inside the PS2.
    One out of five chances say it will run the disc.
    
    2. Open your PS2 method
    -----------------------
    
    Cleaning: The Lens
    Effectiveness: Medium to High(4 out of 5 chances)
    Tools: Lint-free cloth or Q-tip, and some rubbing alcohol.
    
    Most of you know how this goes. Open up the PS2 and clean the lens with
    rubbing alcohol. Works wonders after you put it back together.
    
    3. Boiling Method(submitted by Rmpace31@aol.com)
    ------------------------------------------------
    
    Cleaning: The Scratched Disc
    Effectiveness: Unknown
    Tools: Boiling Water
    
    "Another way to fix the DRE is if the disc is scratched, put the disc in
    boiling water. I am not sure how long though, but it works."
    
    4. Send it to Sony Method
    -------------------------
    
    Cleaning: None
    Effectiveness: High(Guaranteed.. hopefully.)
    Tools: A Box big enough to hold a PlayStation 2 and work order.
    
    The most reliable way to solve a DRE problem. The bad news is that you need
    to wait a week or so to get it back from Sony. Call 1-800-345-7669 and a Sony
    representative will give you instructions on how to proceed.
    
    **Keep in mind that if your PS2 is modded, don't even think about sending it
    to Sony. They wont touch any modded PS2's.**
    
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    9-B. OTHER ISSUES                                                     PS2-S9B
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                                   The Controller
                               [=====================]
    
    Very few people have controller problems. However, if you see "Pressure
    Sensitive" on the back of a PlayStation 2 game case, than a Dual Shock 2 is
    required. Games such as Silent Hill 2 will prompt you to plug in a Dual Shock
    2. For a game like Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, if you plug in a Dual Shock
    1, the analog features wont work with it, making some actions unusable.
    
    Games that don't tell you "Pressure Sensitive" but strongly
    recommends Dual Shock 2 for full functionality:
    
    Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
    Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
    Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
    The Bouncer
    Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
    
    (If you have anymore to add, please e-mail me.)
    
                                  The Memory Card
                              [======================]
    
    Very few have Memory Card problems. A game such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons
    of Liberty will show you corrupted data for each photo file you snap from
    the digital camera. However, they can be viewed in the game.
    
    1. Why doesn't my game save to my Memory Card?
    ----------------------------------------------
    
    Reasons:
    a. You are trying to save PS1 data onto a PS2 memory card.
    b. You are trying to save PS2 data onto a PS1 memory card.
    c. Your memory card is full.
    d. You probably cancelled the save.
    e. You are not using a official or licensed memory card.
    
    Answers:
    a. You can't save PS1 data onto a PS2 memory card. You must have a PS1
    memory card present to save.
    
    b. PlayStation 2 saves by bytes, while PS1 saves by blocks. They are two
    different protocols and can't be used with each other.
    
    c. Make sure you have enough space on your memory card. Some game saves
    take less than what they printed in the back of the case. The reason is
    that the developers want to make sure you have enough space to save. So
    if you don't have enough space, free some before you save.
    
    d. It's confusing sometimes because some games produced in Japan use their
    own control method, such as Circle to Confirm and X to go back. You probably
    got use to pressing the X button to confirm, but instead you cancelled it.
    Keep that in mind.
    
    e. Official memory cards are the ones produced and manufactured by Sony.
    Licensed memory cards are manufactured by a third-party but tested by Sony
    to ensure compatibility. If none of these fall into the memory card you are
    using, then you need to buy a official or licensed memory card. Third-party
    memory cards will cost less than the ones from Sony. So it's your decision.
    
    2. The mem. card states that there is no data, but the space counter doesn't
    read 8,192kb(or something like that)?(From PS2 Hardware Board.)
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Reasons:
    a. You saved unlicensed software into the PS2 memory card.
    b. You have corrupted data.
    
    Answers:
    a. Action Replay, DVD Region X, or any unlicensed software for the PS2 will
    cause that glitch. The only way to solve this issue is to buy a new memory
    card.(Although some of you may know ways around that, you should help those
    that don't, for your kindness. >^_^<)
    
    b. A section of your memory card is corrupted, which means that part will be
    useless. You may have to re-format it using Sharkport or something like that.
    (Again, if you know ways around to fix that, tell it to your online friends
    that don't know how to solve them, for your kindness. >^_^<)
    
    For more on memory cards, read ATadeo's Memory Card FAQ for more information.
    
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    9-C. PROBLEMS(MESSAGE BOARDS)                                         PS2-S9C
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    Why am I doing this? Because for those of you who DO look at this guide, you
    can probably find your answer here so that you don't ask again. Be sure to
    tell all your online friends about the solutions as well. So anyway..
    
    From PlayStation 2 Hardware Board..
    
    *Problem #1. From Majin Rosh's topic.."Uh..What the heck..?"(12-25-03)
    
    Post: "Okay, I bought a brand new PS2 in june, (my first was broken do to my
    brother and his friends rough housing. -growls-) And.. Whenever i play dvds,
    the color fades in and out. i thought maybe it was just my TV, but it doesn't
    do that with my VHS player or my other DVD player, so it has to be something
    to do with the PS2 or wiring. any suggestions?"
    
    Answer(from omegazeroinfinite): "Some DVDs have a built in code that makes
    the picture all wonky when the player is run through a VCR. This was supposed
    to be a way to stop people from recording DVD quality picture and sound on to
    VHS. Try hooking it up directly to the TV."
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    *Problem #2. From my Topic.."Post your bad experiences with PlayStation 2 and
    how you fixed it!"(01-21-2004)
    
    Reply #1(from Mystnight(1-22-2004): "one of my old problems is that the PS2
    had a problem reading my codebreaker v7, and music CD-r's after a little laser
    adjusting and some litium grease on the tracs, it worked to an extent, the
    only downside is that it has to sit vertically, as for the DRE's I just
    swabbed the lens with a q-tip and alcohol"
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    *Problem #3. From Van Dongo's topic.."Question about the Japanese PS2 working
    in USA"(01-25-2004)
    
    Post: "I am looking at purchasing a Japanese PS2 in order to play import games
    without having to potentially ruin my system with flip-tops or slide cards. My
    questions are: Will I need any sort of power adaptor, or will the J-PS2 work
    fine in an American outlet? Do USA-PS2 controllers and memory cards work with
    the J-PS2?"
    
    Answer(from TimiAzN): "Japanese PS2 runs fine on a American outlet, and your
    controllers and memory cards will be compatible with the Japanese PS2."
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    *Problem #4. From RiotGirl's topic.."Network Adaptor Question!!"(01-27-2004)
    
    Post: "does the network adaptor produce any more fees other than your internet
    connection payments"
    
    Answer(from therad00): "Some internet service providers charge you fees, but
    I'm on Adelphia net and I don't have to pay extras. But if you intend to play
    Final Fantasy online or Everquest then there are monthly charges."
    
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    10-A. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS                                     PS2-S10A
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     General System Questions
    +========================+
    
    Q1. My system is giving me Disc Read Errors, what should I do?!
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    There are at least two faqs regarding that matter in the PlayStation 2
    Hardware FAQ section. Use them to your advantage. If you are not caring to
    read them, call 1-800-345-7669 and a Sony representative will help you out.
    
    Q2. What is the password for Parental Control?!
    -----------------------------------------------
    The default/master password is 7444.
    
    Q3. What is this new model I keep hearing about?!
    -------------------------------------------------
    Sony released a new PlayStation 2 model SCPH-7001x. Differences can be
    found by searching around the end of the PSTwo section.
    
    Q4. Why do some games take up so much space on my memory card?!
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Very likely, some games such as sports titles require a huge save on your
    memory card to save a season. Most games produced in Japan will take up less
    space than the ones produced anywhere else..
    
    For now, with one save, most games should take less than 500KB.
    
    Q5. What is this File Protection thing I see when I view one of my game saves?!
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A: Some games use it. Some don't. For the games that do, it doesn't protect it
    from being erased or deleted. It actually protects it from being copied to
    another memory card, or so I've heard.
    
    Q6. I forgot my password for the Parental Control when I want to watch
    a DVD! How do I reset it?!
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    A: (from Avilajose01@aol.com): Go to the setup and password screen. Push
    7444, then put 7444 again, then 7444 for re-input. Turn off the console
    for 15 seconds. Then turn it back on and put in the password 7444, and now
    you can change it to whatever you want it to be.
    
     Miscellaneous Questions
    +=======================+
    
    Q1. Can I help you with this FAQ?
    ---------------------------------
    Sure thing, just try to help me with any additional info I might have missed.
    
    Q2. Are you a PS2 fan?
    ----------------------
    A: Yes, I am. Not only PlayStation 2, but also a Nintendo fan.
    
    Q3. Have you wrote any other guides in GameFAQs?
    ------------------------------------------------
    A: Here is a list of guides I wrote:
    Terminator: Dawn of Fate Secrets FAQ(Covers both PS2 and Xbox)
    PlayStation 2 FAQ
    Aliens vs Predator(for Arcade)
    Chaos Legion(PS2)
    Shadow Warrior(PC)
    Blood(PC, incomplete)
    The Punisher(ARC)
    
    The others(not listed) I'm still trying to complete and get more knowledge on..
    
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    10-B. E-MAILS                                                        PS2-S10B
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    The e-mails I get regarding my PlayStation 2 FAQ. This may be of some help to
    others.
    
    From Xavier3156@aol.com(12-31-2003):
    Q: "hello, i just got a PS2 and, since u had a faq, i was wondering if u could
    answer a question for me. i noticed that my ps2 doesn't have the "iLink" port
    and was wondering if u knew why this was and/or when this was phased out. i
    just find it odd that they do something that dramatic w/o a "generation"
    revision (a la Sega Saturn or the Genesis 2 & 3)."
    
    A:The new Sony PlayStation 2 SCPH-5000x models does not have the iLink port
    because it's not necessary. Due to online-enabled play of course.
    
    Q: "also, i have another favor to ask, i have been looking for some of the
    older games, specifically gundam, and i was wondering if u knew of a good
    place online to get new, older games. i already know about ebay and amazon
    was no help. any secret places u know?"
    
    A: I may not know sites that sell old games.. but import stores such as
    http://www.japanvideogames.com/ or http://www.ncsx.com/ would probably
    still sell them.
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    From nitemare04@hotmail.com(12-31-2003):
    Q: "I saw and read that Review guide about the Playstation 2 and other
    compared system but I was looking towards asking about how to leave the
    playstation 2 set. I am asking you the switch the playstation 2 that you
    turn on and after you turn it on and by the reset I see a red light that
    lights up ok and then I press it and it turns green the game starts up.
    Now the real is that when you turn it off do you turn it off from the back
    or ether do you just hold that reset button till it turns red again and
    leave it like that once ready to turn it off or just turn it off from the
    back manually?"
    
    A: From what I've managed to get out of your message, I can answer that
    there are two ways to turn off your PS2. One is Standby Mode and the other
    is off mode. If you know you're not going to play for a long while, turn it
    off from the back switch. If it's just temporary, hold the reset button for
    one to two seconds until it goes red.
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    From buttman_1969@yahoo.com(01-02-2004):
    Q: "dude,can u pls give me a tips on how long can i play my PS2??? how many
    hours?? cause i bought my ps2 this past dec 27 then after jan 1 my PS2 cant
    read any disc.....it looks like i over used it....pls give me a tip on how
    long can i play it....."
    
    A: Most likely a Disc Read Error problem. It's impossible to get a DRE in
    a week. Your PS2 can last as long as you can handle it fine, two years at
    the minimum... Call 1-800-345-7669 to have a Sony representative help you
    regarding that matter.
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    From skins2848@yahoo.com(01-23-2004):
    Q: "Hey, I have a question for you. My PS2 cd-rom drive gets stuck and I have
    to keep trying to open it several times before I can get it to open. I was
    wondering if there was a way to fix that without sending it in. Any help would
    be appreciated, thanks."
    
    A: If you don't want to send it in, then you should open up the PS2 and see if
    any part of the drive is misaligned or anything. Something might have gotten
    stuck between, maybe dust or something. Try to clean it out.
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    From the_firestarter_12@yahoo.com(01-26-2004):
    Q: "hey. My freind told me some rumors about the PS2 having a cd burner. is
    this true or is my freind full of it?"
    
    A: Very unlikely. The only thing close to that is the Sony PSX, which features
    a DVD burner and only available in Japan at the time being.
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    From Ruff4Eva1@aol.com(01-28-2004):
    Q: "something weird i discovered on the PS2 happened today. i was trying to
    watch this dvd, but like this one unedited version of this comedy act wouldnt
    play, probably due to like limits or something.  So i was playing around in
    the setup menu and there was a section dealing with regions...like i could
    put it to Japanese etc, but it did nothing. like, why does it let you choose
    the region but does nothing?"
    
    A: Only Sony knows how to get around that because they know the code. I guess
    they implemented that in there for a reason, which I don't even know what that
    reason is.
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    From John Zeitler(08-18-2004):
    Q: "I came across your excellent PS2 FAQ on GameFAQs this afternoon while
    searching for information on importing the machine from Japan. (I got hooked
    on Pop'n Music at Otakon... there's no shame in that, right?) I'm grateful to
    know that I won't have to muck around with any power converters in order to
    use the machine here in Pennsylvania, but I'm still a bit confused about the
    issue of memory cards. I understand that the memory cards are the same for
    each nation's version of the console, and that a memory card purchased on one
    side can be used on the other. My question is if data from games on both sides
    can be placed on the same card.
    
    Example: The memory card I have now has data for, say, Sega NFL 2K5. If I were
    to try to save Pop'n Music 9 data onto the same card, would the game not allow
    that transaction? Would the US data be lost as the card was formatted for the
    Japanese system? Or is the filesystem identical, allowing data from both regions
    to coexist on the card?
    
    I am aware that there's no difference in the controllers; I just want to make
    sure there's no issue with the memory cards.
    
    Thank you very much!"
    
    A:  Okay.. First of all, your message was very well written. Thank you! ^_^;;
    This message will be included in my PS2 guide for someone to read about it.
    Now, to the problem... I don't have a exact answer to that, but I can give you
    my experience for a identical problem I had earlier with memory cards.
    
    Okay, I had a MadCatz PS2 memory card. Supposedly, it's the best of all the
    3rd-party ones. I have two Japanese PS2s, and one American one. The MadCatz
    memory card I had can store BOTH system's congifuration files(5kb). But I
    primarily use the memory card to save American games. One day, when I tried
    to save data from a Japanese 3rd-party disc known as DVD Region X, the memory
    card completely lost all data. The Memory Card Manager didn't show anything
    inside the memory card. So that made me mad and I had no choice but to go out
    and buy two official Sony memory cards(the two-pack version, Red and Blue). I
    finally realized that unlicensed software can damage the memory card.
    
    First, if you can... try to see if you can get BOTH system's configuration
    files onto the card. If both shows up, then try to save the game data. I'm
    sure it WILL work, but it's not definite. I heard that ONLY Nintendo
    Gamecube's memory cards have regional lockouts on them. If Sony would not
    let you save Japanese data mixed with American data, they should've printed
    that in the memory card manual that came with the package, or something
    along the lines of "For software with NTSC/J, NTSC/UC, or PAL designation
    ONLY". And the game manual would have stated that as well.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From Jim Caflisch(01-03-05):
    Q:Hi. I have a question about using a memory card with the new PSTwo console:
    Can you load games with data saved from the PS2 console? I'm thinking of
    replacing my old game console with the new version and wanted to be sure. 
    
    A: The PSTwo is the same as the PS2, so any saves you saved on the PS2 will
    work on the PStwo. The same rules apply: PS2 games only with PS2 memory
    cards, etc..
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From Yik-ho(01-24-05):
    Q: Do you know if my European Playstation 2 (PAL) can play region 3 dvd's?
    Cuz I want to import some dvd's from Hong Kong. Most of the dvd's there are
    region 3. So that's why i'm asking this question
    
    A: As far as I can tell, I am not sure myself. I only know about the American
    and Japanese PS2 systems. I'm sure they can play them. In Hong Kong, the
    region is PAL afterall -OR- You can Google "DVD Region X" and find that
    software for PS2. Beware of saving the -DVD Region X- file on your Memory
    Card though.. as it will corrupt if you have other game saves on it -OR- you
    can buy a region-free DVD player.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From Matt Gilland(05-09-06):
    
    E1: If your getting a disc read error. After cleaning the lens. Take off the
    disc tray and clean the bars that the lens moves on. for the earlier models
    there are 2 little screws in the top right corner. than it'll slip right out.
    I used a can of a WD-40 like substance called PB-Blaster.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From Rose Diaz(09-20-06):
    M1: 1 there is a way to  to fix the disc read errors on your ps2 with out
    sending it to the shop, keep in mind that this operation is for people who
    have steady hands, there is a little screw on different parts of the ps2
    lens that if done carefully has that ability to fix your ps2 lens. Where
    the screw is varies due to the fact that every year the people at Sony have
    the stones to keep moving the screw around to keep people from repairing it
    themselves, like I said where it is located varies its location changes every
    now and then. This operation is trial and error all though people get the lens
    in the right place with a little tweaking. The thing is is that the lens is not
    always burnt out but it is merely dirty, moving it around helps the lens get a
    clear shot at the disc, like I said you don't have to move it around but a
    little bit not a lot thatŐs how stuff gets broken ha ha.
     
    M2: the next topic here is how loud the system can be on one faq that I have
    read it says that the ps2 only makes noise when the disc is damaged yet one
    report says that there is an oil that smoothens the tracks on the ps2. I think
    that this is the problem due to the fact that some of my games are not
    scratched, is it possible that the tracts need lubrication if so what type of
    oil do I need any response would be great please mail me back im having a hard
    time with this.
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    11-A. PLAYSTATION 2/OTHER LINKS                                      PS2-S11A
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    HDD Information - http://www.sscorpio.com/~bungiefan/
    
    PSP Information - http://www.playstationportable.info/
    
    PS3 Information/Forums - http://www.ps3insider.com/
    
    Sony Computer Entertainment America - http://www.scea.com/
    
    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. - http://www.scei.co.jp/
    
    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe - http://eu.playstation.com/
    
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    11-B. SECRETS/COOL STUFF                                             PS2-S11B
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    In this part I will list some of the cool things and secret stuff:
    
    1. In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, a photo saved on the memory card
    will show up as corrupted data on your memory card when viewed from the
    Browser. That is normal, and fixed in Substance.
    
    2. Very recently, Konami has changed their logo to a more Asian style, and
    renamed their US department 'Konami Digital Entertainment America'.
    
    3. I'll add it in here anyway. Back in April 1, 2003, Squaresoft and Enix
    merged together to form Square-Enix. The recent FF and Drakengard games
    have the logo in the front cover.
    
    4. The game Gran Turismo 4 allows you to take pictures and save them onto
    a USB Thumb Drive. Any Thumb Drive will work.
    (Contributed by fishmanasc@gmail.com)
    
    5. Konami Corporation has merged most of their subsidiarys. Many personnel
    have new positions as of now. Check Konami's website for more information.
    
    http://www.konami.co.jp/en/
    
    6. Acclaim Entertainment has gone bankrupt since last August. There were
    articles explaining the resurrection of the company.
    
    (E-mail me if you find more, with a detailed description!)
    
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    11-C. RUMORS                                                         PS2-S11C
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    1. Rumors about a PStwo name registered by Sony. It seems this will be a small
    portable PS2, just like they did with the PS1. Sorry I don't have a link to
    support this rumor, but some of you may know already.
    
    UPDATE: Confirmed and already released.
    
    2. Rumors about a PlayStation 2 price drop in 2004 from Sony. More details will
    be revealed soon.
    
    Update: Confirmed price drop. PS2 is now $129.99 - Go pick one up if you
    haven't already.
    
    3. Rumored Games that has yet to be announced for PlayStation 2..
    
    - Devil May Cry 3(Confirmed)
    - Resident Evil 4(PS2 version surprisingly announced, release is Q4 2005)
    - Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes(This will never come out unless Konami
    wants to redo it. For now, it's only for Gamecube.)
    - Viewtiful Joe(Confirmed by Capcom)
    
    4. Rumors about PSTwo malfunctioning.
    
    - Attention Grabbers.
    - Less than 0.1% of the PSTwo customers have the problem.
    
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    11-D. MY REVIEW                                                      PS2-S11D
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    Keep in mind that this is the exact review I posted in GameFAQs. No changes
    are made except for spelling mistakes.
    
    Introduction
    ------------
    Back in 1994, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. releases the PlayStation in
    Japan. It was then released later in North America and Europe in Q4 1995. It
    was successful. It had many great games. The RPGs is what kept this system
    alive mostly.. mainly Final Fantasy VII. Then in early 2000, Sony CEI launched
    Sony PlayStation 2 in Japan. And then it was released later in the year to
    North America and Europe.
    
    Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.(who allied with IBM and Toshiba)
    Released worldwide.
    
    Features
    --------
    The PlayStation 2 has a lot of features you can play around with. First of all,
    it can play back DVD movies and you can use your controller as a remote or buy
    one separately. Don't treat your PS2 as a standalone DVD player, because its
    DVD is designed to play DVD-ROM games, and you want to pet it as a gaming
    machine.
    
    The best feature overall about the PlayStation 2, and a major strong point
    about the PlayStation 2, is that you can play back all your old PlayStation
    games. Some games wont work, and I'm thinking Sony released a list of games
    that doesn't work on your PlayStation 2. While you play some games, you can
    also enhanced the graphics and speed up load times by turning the options on
    in the Driver menu. I'm glad Sony add this in, because then you won't have to
    pay the extra cash to buy a PS1. Not only you could play your old PS1 games,
    but also use your PS1 peripherals such as your controller, memory cards, etc..
    
    The inside of the hardware includes a powerful processed Emotion Engine which
    runs at about 294.913MHz, 32MB of Rambus technology RAM running at 800MHz, and
    a 24X/4X CD/DVD drive. The system includes 2 USB ports(for future add-ons), a
    S400 iLink port(connect one PS2 to another), 2 controller and memory card
    slots, and the ability to twist the logo outside the disc tray if you stand
    it vertically.
    
    Peripherals/Design
    ------------------
    The controller is so far the best one I've used since I started playing
    video games. The Dual Shock 2(more advanced than the original Dual Shock)
    adds the Analog feature to all the buttons except for Start and Select. All
    the buttons are positioned correctly and it makes life more easier to play
    games with it. There is a MultiTap 2, which allows up to 4 controllers to be
    connected so you can play multiplayer games. Also there's a Memory Card,
    which allows you to save games up to 8MB.(PS2 Memory Cards use Bytes[like
    computers] rather than Blocks which the PS1 memory card uses.) The remote
    controller (which sells now for $14.99) lets you control your DVD Movies
    more than what the controller has to offer. A controller port is required
    to use the remote controller. Not only you get the remote, but you get a
    disc where you can update your DVD drivers... Other accessories you can
    get for your PS2 are a Vertical Stand and an Horizontal Stand. Both stands
    add color to your PS2, so you don't have to see it in black all the time.
    The Vertical Stand lets you put your PS2 vertically, while the Horizontal is
    self-explanatory. The design of the PlayStation 2 looks incredible! Sony
    always makes their products sleek and futuristic.
    
    Games/Graphics/The Future
    -------------------------
    First-generation games(games from launch year 2000) that came out the same
    time as the system wont look graphically detailed. So Sony decided to make
    games so that other top-quality developers can get an idea of how to use to
    hardware of such a complex machine. One game by Sony is Ico, their most
    artistic masterpiece. Other games from Sony include Primal, The Mark of Kri,
    etc.. Other games that use compressed power of the PlayStation 2 would be
    Gran Turismo 3. By Q4 2001, the PS2's strong point, games tend to look better
    and better. Konami releases Metal Gear Solid 2 and Silent Hill 2. Square
    releases Final Fantasy X. As technology gets better, these developers can
    get to the max performance of the PS2 hardware. Any game, as of up to Q1
    2003 can be improved upon, because not one game has yet to use more than
    50% of what the system has to offer. The PlayStation 2 can do a lot of
    physics and neat effects that'll last for 2-3 more years.
    
    The future of PS2 is among us. Better games will come out for the system,
    making this happy for our lives. Future games include Metal Gear Solid 3,
    Final Fantasy X-2 and XII. Long live PlayStation 2! And to remember, the
    PS2 is more than just gaming and DVD. It's a Sony product!
    
    Sound
    -----
    The PS2 has a Optical output so you can connect Sound hardware to give your
    PS2 more sound quality. The PS2 can produce up to 48 channels of sound. Anyone
    who complains about the sound of the PlayStation, then you should have your
    ear checked out. While the original PlayStation only can produce to about 24
    sound channels, this system merely doubles it with exciting new features,
    such as Dolby Surround support for games like Metal Gear Solid 2.
    
    Overall
    -------
    Buy this system. It'll last you for a while before PlayStation 3 comes out.
    Somes games I recommend are the ones from Sony, Konami, Sega, Capcom and
    Squaresoft. The others you choose for yourself.
    
    The system now costs $149.99 at retail stores now that Sony has made a price
    drop again. Buy it, you'll love it... but it's definitely your choice.
    
    My final rating for this would be 10/10. Yes, a full score. I've had my PS2
    for two and a half years and it's working along fine..
    
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    General Credits
    ---------------
    
    - Thanks to GameFAQs(CJayC) for posting my PlayStation 2 FAQ!
    
    - Thanks to GameFAQs for SCE-development information!
    
    - Thanks to YOU for buying the system and reading this FAQ!
    
    - Thanks to Sony for creating the PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System!
    
    - Thanks all other websites(IGN, GameZone UK, PSreporter) for information!
    
    
    Hotmail/Yahoo Credits
    ---------------------
    
    wdleun@hotmail.com(Contributor, Problems)
    ben_matthews3@hotmail.com(Ben Matthews)(Contributor, Many Information!)
    campkillyourself315@hotmail.com(Josh Michalski)(Contributor, Games)
    AzazelDracos@yahoo.com(Contributor)
    chat_emuraude@hotmail.com(Kevin Simard)(Contributor, Pressure Sensitive)
    elecman_x@hotmail.com(John Yaple)(Contributor, PS1 Enhancements)
    FLASH_AZ@msn.com(Rose Diaz)(Contributor)
    flyinghigh21@hotmail.com(Mike Hannon)(Contributor)
    gc_pocketz@hotmail.com(Matt Gilland)(Contributor)
    
    America Online Credits
    ----------------------
    
    Xjoopx75@cs.com(Contributor, Compatibility)
    Rmpace31@aol.com(Contributor, Disc Read Error)
    sldfghtrike@sbcglobal.net(Jeffrey Avila)(Contributor, Pressure Sensitive)
    Xavier3156@aol.com(HDD Information)
    
    AIM Credits
    -----------
    
    JaakuKyubi(Toyin Oluwole)(Contributor, Problems)
    JorDan Clock(Contributor, Tech Specs)
    
    FAQs & Guides
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    - Thanks to ATadeo for Dual Shock 2 and Memory Card Information!
    
    - Thanks Brutal E for the Online Gaming FAQ!
    
    - Thanks KabutoHunter, LordAtomic, Col_Sandoz/XShady for creating the
       Disc Read Error FAQs!
    
    - Thanks to bungiefan(in the Gamefaqs message board) for providing a link
       to his HDD guide for the PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System.
    
    - Thanks to dsxgate for creating the PSX FAQ topic in the PlayStation 2
    General Boards!
    
    Others
    ------
    
    - Thanks to Roland Linssen(rlinssen@wanadoo.nl) for more information on
    the PS2 enhancements from PS1 games..
    
    - Thanks to Joseph Manfredi(jmanfredi@monmouth.net) for more information on
    the PS2 enhancements from PS1 games..
    
    - Thanks to D. Minter(dminter@mindspring.com) for more information on the
    PS2 enhancements from PS1 games..
    
    - Thanks to all others at the message boards for help and helping others
    with their politeness...!
    
    - Thanks to John Zeitler for a extra problem I had never incorporated
    into the guide!
    
    - Thanks to Josh William(fishmanasc@gmail.com) for extra information!
    
    
    Sony
    ----
    "PlayStation" and "DUALSHOCK" are registered trademarks and "PS2" is a
    trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    
    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.
    "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony
    Computer Entertainment Inc. Copyright Sony Corporation 1995, 2000. All
    rights reserved.
    
    "PSX" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation, Copyright 2003, 2004. All
    rights reserved.
    
    "PSP" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Copyright 2004.
    All rights reserved.
    
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    ____________________________________________________________________________
    From eins_alpha@hotmail.com(Raymond Bernstein)(01-27-2004):
    
    Response: "Just wanna drop by and say thanks for the PS2 FAQ you made.
    
    Im really amazed with the dedication of your FAQ (its friendly and
    comprehensive) ;)
    
    Keep up the good work and the professionalism!!!"
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    2.71 - I kinda reconstructed the guide a little. No new information, really.
    Some information was taken out of the guide. I felt that it was filler to
    begin with. (January 14, 2007)
    
    2.70 - Long time, no see. A huge update on all the information I received
    by e-mail over the last year or so. Lots of new information, including
    tech info and PS1 enhancements..(November 3, 2006)
    
    2.51 - Changed User Information. New account now. Fixed some information.
    Made changes.(October 21, 2005)
    
    2.49 - Scanned through the guide, added some new stuff, made some changes,
    and that's about it.(May 4, 2005)
    
    2.47 - Not much added. I thought I might add some extra e-mailed problems
    to the list.(May 1, 2005)
    
    2.39 - Minor Information added in the Secrets/Cool Stuff section. Ouch,
    not many updates these days. =) (March 12, 2005)
    
    2.37 - My apologies to the confusion of PSTwo not playing some PS2 games.
    It only rules out Final Fantasy XI(due to the game requiring the HDD).
    Everything else so far seems to work fine. Also, there are other changes
    to the FAQ and new updates. (January 6, 2005)
    
    2.34 - Made some minor changes. Nothing big.(December 12, 2004)
    
    2.32 - Fixed some mistakes with the package of the PSTwo. Other minor
    changes made as well..(October 15, 2004)(114kb)
    
    2.30 - Newly redesigned guide for the first half of the guide. The second
    half remains the same.. This update covers the newly redesigned PS2 Sony
    recently released October 2004. That's all there is to it...Hope this
    will help some people. I will continue to update as long as I get more
    information.(October 14, 2004)(113kb)
    
    2.17 - Just some small revisions. A new e-mail has been added to its
    respective section to help improve the quality of the guide. There's
    not very much to update these days, but eventually more information
    will come.(August 18, 2004)(108kb)
    
    2.15 - Thanks to Roland Linssen, the PS1 compatibility on PS2 machine
    has been updated with a few more games. Reorganized the Credits List
    to give the readers a easier time to read.(August 15, 2004)(105kb)
    
    2.10 - Added more Memory Card information in Section 4-B-1. Also, I have
    decided to create new headings for every section. Power to the PS2 guide.
    Remember, ladies and gentlemen, if you have anything to add/spot something
    missing/suggestions/any other form of contributions, please feel free to
    e-mail me anytime.(July 31, 2004)(103kb)
    
    2.00 - NEW REVAMPED GUIDE! No, it's not 200% complete. It's been revised.
    Many of the sections were out of place, and now its fixed, giving the
    reorganized guide a better look(hopefully). If you are use to the old
    one, now its time for this new one. More than half of the guide still
    remains the same though... and a entire new section has been added for
    some more information...(July 24, 2004)(95kb)
    
    1.99 - More new additions, such as the different between the two Dual Shock
    controllers, and more Pre-FAQ questions. Fixed some other mistakes as well.
    (July 20, 2004)(~94kb) 
    
    1.97 - Xavier3156 contributed more information on the HDD unit. Big thanks
    to him again! Also, thanks to another kind contributor for additional
    information. No, this guide isn't close to 200% complete as the first
    version I've created was 1.00. It's more like getting close to 100%
    complete but I'll never know. There's too much to know about the PS2 and
    its hardware/accessories and more information comes every week.(June 20,
    2004)(90k)
    
    1.94 - Created a new Section, Section 5: Hard Drive Disk(HDD) information, 
    thanks to Xavier3156@aol.com. He contributed a chunk load of HDD information,
    and more will become available soon. Big claps to him =).(May 19, 2004)(88k)
    
    1.89 - Nearly a month without an update. Looks like it's close to completion,
    but it needs more revision. So, what's new? I updated the PS1 games on PS2
    list and fixed some more mistakes thanks to some kind supporters. (May 16,
    2004)(84k)
    
    1.86 - Seriously, it's long time no update. Well, I think I've gotten enough
    information for another update, although it's not much really. Updated the
    Disc Read Error section thanks to one person, and also the Frequently Asked
    Questions section as well. Set up a Pre-FAQ question section up top before
    you read the contents.(April 19, 2004)(82k)
    
    1.81 - Fixed some mistakes, updated Section 9. 9-B. E-mails. Also updated
    Frequently Asked Questions in Section 9-A. More information contributed by
    Ben Matthews on PS2 enhancements for PS1 games and color boxes info. Updated
    other various info. Added a new section in the credits, titled Thank you
    e-mails.(January 29, 2004)(81k)
    
    1.71 - More on Section 5. PS1 games on PS2, submitted from e-mail by Joseph
    Manfredi, fixed some mistakes, and included a 'What I need list' under the
    Revision History, other various updates, and updated Section 8. 8-C. Problems
    from Message Boards. Also added a part in Section 1. 1-C about the main menu
    of the PlayStation 2 system.(January 23, 2004)(76k)
    
    1.59 - A new part in Section 8. 8-C. Problems from Message Boards., and other
    information on Memory Card Troubleshooting. Reorganized diagrams and contents.
    Updated Must-Have list, thanks to Josh!(January 20, 2004)(71k)
    
    1.33 - Added a new Part in Section 5. Updated Section 5. PS1 games(from Ben
    Matthews) on PS2 and 10. Frequently Asked Questions, and other minor updates.
    (January 8, 2004)(67k)
    
    1.26 - Fixed Some Mistakes, More Information in Section 11. Miscellaneous
    Info, and added developer information to the Games 2000-2004 lists. Also
    updated Section 7 with the specifications of the other next-gen consoles,
    and various info! Updated Section 8. PlayStation 2 Common Issues.(January
    4, 2004)(65k)
    
    1.19 - Added links in Section 11, included more information in the Contact
    Information. Set up a E-mails List in Section 10.(January 3, 2004)(58k)
    
    1.16 - Created Section 11: Miscellaneous with Some Info, Updated Various
    Other Info, and fixed some errors. Changed Credits to Section 12. Included
    Review...(January 2, 2004)(54k)
    
    1.1 - Updated Section 4-C-2(DVD Movies) with Dual Shock controls, Updated
    Frequently Asked Questions in Section 10, rearranged the games List from
    2000-2004 in alphabetical order.(December 31-January 1, 2004), and various
    other info.(47k)
    
    1.05 - More Information Added(December 31, 2003)(44k)
    
    1.04 - Some Launch Information Added and Other Various Info. Guide first posted
    in GameFAQs.(December 29, 2003)(42k)
    
    
    
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