If anyone would like assistance, please feel free to message me now that the boards are back up. I have run almost the entire gamut of commonly requested tasks regarding PS2 and USB drives, will be glad to help.
Hello, I'm a new member to these forums. I spent years modding PSX systems and my regular PSXs now live happily ever after. A few years back I tried to mod a few PS2s, but the process wasn't nearly as easy. I'm versed with soldering, but I'm no pro and I ended up killing two of my PS2s (I actually still have those systems and the chip in my basement). I ditched consoles for a few years and went back to computers, but ended up purchasing a new slimline silver SCPH-79001 NTSC a while back.
I recently purchased Swap Magic Coder and now have been diving through sites and forums wanting to do more.
Goals (sorted by priority):
- Load games from an external USB drive -completed
- Transfer MC data PSTwo ↔ Computer -completed
- Update AR code list on computer and port to PS2 -completed
- Boot PSTwo from MC to do everything Â– Play games, run homebrew, MC management -completed
- Possibly have games save MC data to USB device
- Read/write the data on the PSTwo via network -completed
- Edit save states
- Properly convert PAL to NTSC -completed
- Keep all of my apps and files updated regularly
- Skins -completed
From my research thus far it seems almost all of this should be possible. Has someone done all of this already and do they have any advice? Is there a particular place that has all of this information compiled? Does someone have a best method, process or order?
I know this questions is a tall order, but any advice is appreciated.
I thought I would post a quick update on what I've been able to accomplish thus far:
-Edit save states
I've poured through tons of threads, found a few tools, and it appears that I need to do something about checksums otherwise this won't work right. I tried following a post saying to just use a hex editor. I saved a few states seconds apart, each time copying over my save file and using PasteMC and getting it over to the PC. I then used a hex editor to compare the files. I narrowed down the value I wanted to change and changed it, saved, used PasteMC to copy it back to the memory card. Unfortunately the game gave an invalid / corrupted save error when I tried to load the save. Does this method work?
-Properly convert PAL to NTSC
I've managed to do this, but it only works for a handful of games. If I first patch a game for ESR and then convert to PAL, will that kill the game? I rip almost all games from ISO to my USB drive first, and test them in USBAdvance. If they have tons of video I burn them. I've noticed that most of the games I rip, don't work with PAL conversion, but if I burn the game, it will work fine. Does USBAdvance have some issue with converted games? I'm primarily using ps2_pal2ntsc_yfix v1.06, but I have tried others.
-Keep all of my apps and files updated regularly
I updated to the newest ESR beta and a new version of uLE. I used uLE over network to update the file, which works fine. I'm finding it hard to keep track of which apps and files are updated, but I am on the lookout for a page that has all of the apps and MC files updated and well organized.
It was nearly impossible to find which apps had been updated and get answers to my questions with this site down. Is there another place everyone congregates when PSX-scene is down?