That's nothing to worry about. No one is born an expert in everything, so we are all noobs at some time or other, in various subjects.
Originally Posted by ryujin
This means that you can also choose to use an internal IDE HDD, if you can find a Sony network adaptor (also contains the HDD interface). This method of using an HDD is far superior to USB methods, as the PS2 only has an unusually slow USB 1.1 interface. :(
but i'm really interested in this and i want to try playin' my games using a USB HDD device instead of the usual "insert game disc and play" ... so anyone here who can help me get started is greatly appreciated :)
i'll detail what i have as best as i can ...
The game loaders for USB give horrible delays, lag, and stutter in many games, and in nearly all FMV movies, regardless of the game complexity. And the game compatibility of those loaders is not better than 50% (so half the games don't work), as compared to the over 90% compatibility of HDLoader (for the IDE HDD interface).
That's nice, but not something to rely on indefinitely.
(lens still working fine)
You should really consider installing FMCB, the softmod that allows a PS2 to boot without using any disc at all.
There are lots of happy PS2 users running games and homebrews from HDD long after their lasers died. :)
Which as I recall has only disc-dependent boot modes...
Magic 3.1 Modchip (installed)
Yep, you definitely need to install FMCB, to be prepared for the inevitable future.
(All PS2 lasers have a limited lifespan. It can vary a lot, but none live forever.)
That's a bit small for storing PS2 games on it, so you won't have room for many, and you will need to make that a single FAT32 partition instead.
USB HDD (20GB, partitioned in 3 drives, NTFS)
Sure, this should work fine, but an even better method is to boot discless, using FMCB, and launch USBAdvance as a free-standing elf file instead of a boot disc.
stuff that i DL'ed that (i think) i'll be needing:
USBAdvance.Cracked-PS2Scene (it has 4 files)
- usba (MS Document Info)
- usb-advance (BIN)
- usb-advance.cue (CUE)
- ul_format (from USBAdvance-PC-Software rar file)
- ul_install (from USBAdvance-PC-Software rar file)
from what i read and understand so far is ...
*burn the BIN & CUE files in a CD to serve as my bootdisc (BTW, can i burn this to a DVD instead of a CD? -- yeah i know, all that free space wasted), since CD's tends to make the lens work harder.
ul_format can format the drive, obviously.
*format my USB HDD from NTFS to FAT32 (i think the ul_format & ul_install files has something to do with this)
ul_install is (again obviously) for installing games to the HDD.
But there are better tools for that too.
They are just normal PC command-line tools that you need to run in a command-line window on your PC, with the USB HDD connected to that same PC. You can store those exe files anywhere you please, and there is no need to have them on the USB HDD at all. (Sort of suicidal to have ul_format.exe stored only on the drive it will format :D)
... BTW, do i need to do something with the ul_xxxxxx files when i use CMD to format my USB HDD, or they'll jus' execute automatically where i left them?
In principle yes, though you'll then discover what I stated above, that only around half of all existing games work with USBAdvance (if even that many).
*then after formatting, is that it?, and i jus' convert my games?
Get FMCB installed to your MC, so you can boot discless.
Not only will this save your laser from wearing out too soon, but it will also allow you to keep playing when the laser has finally died.
Also get a Sony network adaptor for your PS2.
This will allow you to play nearly all games from IDE HDD, which is impossible with USB HDD.
And the games that do work will mostly run even smoother than from DVD, as HDD is faster.
A few games will have compatibility problems though, which can often (but not always) be fixed by ISO patches.
Best regards: dlanor