CC 2.0 Installation Story on V5/6 (Question at end)
I recently lost a version 9 USA PS2 to a dead laser. It was running a DMS4 chip. I found a used Version 5/6 USA PS2 for sale and decided that it was time to update the DMS to something different. I did not like the fact the DMS firmware was over a year old and that their support forums had been overrun by web hackers.
Research on the net showed that Matrix Infinity and Crystal Chips were the most recommended chips. The dealer I use (foundmy.com. I recommend them highly) had stock of the CC 2.0 so I picked one up.
I chose CC 2.0 for several reasons. Firstly, the firmware is still being actively developed. The support forums (here) seem to be active and contain very nice and helpful people. It auto boots PS1, PS2 and DVDs. It allows my 16M card to be seen without having to pre-boot the driver disk. Lastly, it can be upgraded.
Finding the installation diagrams at crystal-chips.com was not a problem. I opened up the PS2 and did a nineteen wire installation. I have collected many items to do these installations over the years and I was pleased with my results. However I will not post a picture because I have seen the really nice job that many have done on this forum and mine does not look nearly as good.
I powered on the unit and hit the reset button. The LED on the CC2.0 CCB flashed. That was good news. I inserted an original PS2 game and rebooted. Hmmm?. The game did not boot. It went to a browser-like screen.
More research on the forum and I discovered that unless you flash the firmware, nothing will boot. I found the version 31 hacked firmware. I burned it to a CD and booted that CD. Yeah! The crystal-chips splash screen!! I was excited! Hmm? The CD drive went to a fast spin rate and nothing comes up. Time to go back to the web.
Now I discovered that CC 1.0 and 1.2 chips are having boot problems with the 30/31 firmware. I thought this would not apply to me since I have CC 2.0. I was wrong. I also discovered that if you press the reset button 6 times, you disable the hardware.
I inserted one of my original PS2 games and pressed the reset button 6 times?. Viola! It boots! Wow, I was happy to see this because up to this point I was not sure about my installation. Once again I inserted the version 31 firmware disk and this time I did a 3x reset boot (to force firmware installation). Still nothing. I repeated that same process for the version 30 firmware disk. Nada?
I got the version 29 firmware and low and behold it booted. I then realized that I was having the same problem as the CC version 1.0 and 1.2 people. Luckily there was a thread on the forum in which a user had put together the version 29 boot with the version 31 firmware. There is also a version 31 FAQ on the forum that was instrumental in helping me.
I booted the version 29/31 disk and updated the firmware only. Then I booted the version 30 hacked disk (that has the version 31 fix on it) and updated my boot manager (BM). Being a novice with this chip I chose to install it on the CC flash drive. I am not certain if that was the correct place to put it.
With this setup I was able to auto boot original and burned PS2 games. I was also able to auto boot original DVDs. However, my burned DVDs are not auto-booting. Hence my upcoming question.
When an original DVD is inserted, the icon in the upper left corner turns to a DVD with a strip of film coming from it (i.e. a ?movie? dvd). When I insert my burned DVD, the icon simply stays at the ?generic DVD? icon and it does not boot. I tried using the BM to set the ?booting? of ?other? media, but still nothing. If I keep my burned DVD in the player and press reset 6x to disable the hardware the DVD boots fine.
I will say this. DMS had the same problem. I had to use toxic OS 0.1 because it was the only firmware that would see the burned DVD and actually auto play it.
Summary for others who are looking for help on a new CC2.0 install:
1) Before putting everything back together power up the unit and hit the PS2 reset button. The LED on the CCB should light for a moment and then go out. If it does not act this way, then check your installation wires.
2) Insert an original PS2 game and press reset 6 times (not really fast. I do it with about 1/2 ? 1 second in between presses). The game should boot. If it does not, then check your installation wares.
3a) This applies only as long as the firmware installation CDs don?t boot? Find the post that has the version 29 boot with the version 31 firmware. 3x reset boot this disk and install the firmware only. Then boot the 30 hacked firmware and install the BM.
3b) Once the firmware CD can actually boot, you will make a firmware disk and boot it and upgrade the firmware and BM at the same time. For now use step 3a.
4) If you need to watch a burned DVD, you need to 6x reset boot that DVD.
I want to thank the posters of this forum for all the help they supplied me. I was able to figure it all out.
Now for my question. Is there any version of firmware that properly auto plays burned DVDs? Has that feature ever worked for crystal chips? Does anyone else experience this behavior (original DVDs are fine, but burned ones are not)?
Any help would be appreciated.