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HD MP3 Player –
I'm sure the answer to this is going to be "no", but I'm gonna ask anyway:
I have a Creative Nomad Zen, a 20GB hard drive-based MP3 player. Now, if I want to I can mount it in Windows with a drive letter as if it were a normal USB hard drive and copy anything I want to it.
I don't suppose I'll be lucky enough to have any support for this with a modded PS2, will I?
That depends. Some programs do have support for MP3 playing from USB devices. One such program is PS2MP3SE (purely an MP3 player), and another is SMS (player for XviD/DivX AVIs and MP3s).
Originally Posted by Perseid
Both rely on two drivers known as USBD.IRX and USB_mass.IRX, but SMS has both of these integrated in the ELF file, while PS2MP3SE needs USBD.IRX as an external file (preferably stored as "mc0:/SYS-CONF/USBD.IRX").
Another absolute requirement is that your device should be formatted as FAT32, and use the VFAT filesystem (normal for FAT32 partitions nowdays). NTFS partitions (often used by default in Windows) will NOT work on a PS2.
But in the end it also comes down to your particular unit model. Some are compatible and some are not. If the manufacturer has added something that depends on a Windows-specific feature that is missing from the PS2 driver, there is very little to do about it. You just have to try it and see for yourself.
So much for MP3-playing, but the same rules apply to storage of other files on a USB unit too (be it an MP3-player, an HDD, or just a flash memory). The main difference is that you then may need some other program to manage those files, such as uLaunchELF, for example. (It has a separate subforum on this site, inside the forum "PS2 Homebrew/Dev & Emu Scene")
Best regards: dlanor
I have the Creative Zen Micro (6 gig) and my PS2 reads it fine, as far as i know all Creative MP3 Players with the Removable Disk Option are FAT32 file system
I just tried it and it looks like a no-go. Neither SMS nor LaunchELF recognize any device at all.
Oh, well. It was worth a try. Thanks for the help.