No CDs ever in tray. I also wonder if it could be a particular issue with V9 consoles. From the posts I see around here not many folks seem to use them. I can imagine that with 15 or so different PS2 versions there is no way Crystal-Chip could test all functions will all models.
I seem to recall a particular setting in the GUI patcher I used that you had to check if you have a V9. The unpacked ELF I have that works had that option checked during the build process so that may be why I have more problems with the other patched loaders than most other CC 2.0 users.
Strangely enough, the HDLoader.elf that works now with BM does not work on the Duo 3 Gold machine or the one that boots with the memory card exploit. GOW2 must just be a really tough nut to crack.
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