Hi Jo, nice to meet you.:) Welcome to the great world of PS2!:D
Originally Posted by Pappa
Well, it's ugly but it works.;)
I've never been into the PS2 mod scene before, but i have decided to buy a PStwo and chip it, and hopefully play around with it a bit.
The PStwo will be the pink one, and comes with two pads and an original PS2 memcard.
I'm not skilled enough to mod a PS2, but one thing is for sure: You can't compare modding a PS1 to modding a PS2, that are two different worlds. Better take a look at some installation pics and install diagrams, before making a decision.
Now, i think i am skilled enough in soldering to install almost any chip.
My soldering iron is a Weller W61 with a pen tip. Think that will do? I have chipped a PSX before in the past, long ago. Installation was a breeze. I play guitar and i service my own electronics, build my own amplifiers and effects et cetera, and i have a background servicing basic digital circuits, so i think i should be able to install it myself.
CC2.0 Installation Diagram
Both chips are almost the same, look here for some differences: http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50657 (read my second post too, One difference I forgot: MI ships preflashed, CC has to be flashed with firmware before you can use it)
I like to play around with application development, and things like that, and as i understood it basically there are two chips worth considering ("top of the line"), these two are CC and MI. I got the impression that MI is better suited than CC for insert disc and play-situations (OEM installations?), but CC wins hands down for playing around with development and customizing and stuff like that? Am i right?
Insert disc and play works almost the same for both, just that MI uses original $ony browser and CC uses BM for disc booting.
Sorry, can't help you there, hopefully someone else can make a suggestion.
So i am planning to purchase a CC 2.0 from somewhere. Money is not an object, really, but i don't like to pay too much for a product, i will buy it from the cheapest reputable place, if you know what i mean. Nobody sells CC's in my country (Norway), and if i buy from sweden the cheapest i can get is at around 80$ plus S&H. So i figured i'd buy from a US retailer since they're the cheapest, as long as US chips can be installed on PAL consoles (can they?). Does anyone know a good retailer, who would be willing to ship to Norway, and label the package with a value of 20$? (saves me 20$ in customs fee + 25% VAT). I was thinking foundmy.com but i don't know if they'd ship internationally and write a false value on the package.. Any suggestions?
First off, there's no way to use an internal IDE HDD with the pink PS2. The first slimline PS2s (v12/13) can be modded with an IDE adapter, but $ony removed that possibility on the latest PS2 models (v14/15). You can only use USB to attach a HDD.
That was my main concern. Now, more concerns:
I have a spare 40GB harddrive (IDE, ATA-100) which is used for absolutely nothing. Can i use this HD to store game saves for PS2 AND PSX (i like playing PSX games), and maybe also rip my games to an ISO file and store them on the HD and play? (Or play games from the HD in another manner). If anyone has a link of some sort i'd be happy to read it. I also have various USB drives, can these function as PSX / PS2 memcards? (would be neat).
There are only two ways of playing PS2 games without a disc and no way for PS1 games:
HDLoader uses an internal IDE HDD, so that's not an option for you.
USB Advance uses an external USB HDD, but game compatibility is pretty low and you don't have the speed advantage like with an IDE HDD, cause USB1.1 is really slow. Some games will only play choppy. Besides that, USBA is not compatible with the CC, so you'd need to get a MI to use USBA.
No game can save to a USB drive and there's no way to emulate a memcard, but you can use the USB drives to backup your game saves, thanks to the awesome homebrew app LaunchELF. With some copy/paste work you can have unlimited space on your 8mb memcard.
You can connect PC and PS2 using the network. It's not possible to play games, but you can copy files and game saves with LaunchELF or an FTP client (game saves only with LaunchELF), stream video and audio files to watch them with SMS and start apps on the PS2 via network, which is extremely useful for development. You only need PS2Client on your PC to fully engage all network features.
In addition, my personal computer mostly functions as half a workstation, half a server, and runs Linux. Can i have the PS2 connect to my computer and download stuffe from there to the 40GB HD, and play? Can i mount them directly over ethernet? (smb, NFS etc).
Linux needs an internal IDE HDD, so its sadly not possible for you. And it's not possible to play PS2/1 games with Linux, so no ass kicking this time.;)
Can i run Linux on the PS2? And if i can, can i launch PS2/PSX games from inside Linux? (That would kick so much ass it's almost insane).
I'm no programmer myself, but I know that most programing is done in C. The Lua implementation you mean is probably the PS2 Lua Player by evilo. That app can start games which are programed in Lua, but I don't know if it's written in Lua.
What programming languages are available on PS2? I am highly skilled in Python, with some basic knowledge in C and assembly, know some Java and perl, know syntax for a lot of other languages but has never done anything practical in any of them. Is there a python for PS2? I think i saw a Lua implentation somewhere? I suck when it comes to managing memory, so a language with garbage collection and auto memory management would be nice. Lua looks nice.. I think i found a Python for PS2 on google but not too much info.. :banghead:
Here's the Lua Player forum: http://psx-scene.com/forums/official-ps2-luaplayer-forums/
And here's the official PS2DEV page: http://ps2dev.org/
I read through the forums for half a year before making my first post, so I know that it's difficult and veeery time consuming to figure everything out by yourself.;)
There will probably be more questions, but these are all i could think of ATM. I tried searching and reading forums and stuff but all the information i found just raised more questions in me, plus there's just so much i am unable to properly digest it, so please bear with me :-pray:
And i tried to make myself understandable, but english is not my main language, so errors are unavoidble.. :rant:
best regards Jones23
EDIT: Damit, Yoc was faster, but I answered the fileserver and games over ethernet question.;)
Oh, and look at my signature for some useful links (uLE, SMS, CC Wiki)