Ok, I'm really about to give up now.
I just bought a BRAND NEW PS2. It was the $199.99 package with the network adapter and the free game.
It appears to be a V9 (DVD Driver shows v3.00, and its date code is 3C).
Now, here is my problem. The Swap Magic v2.0 DVD boots fine. When I go to play my games though, I'm having tons of problems (just like before).
Half of the time Swap Magic is showing me a red border. Then, if I reboot, it will show me a blue border (what gives?).
However I can hear the laser trying desperately to read my DVD-R. Time Crisis 3 (repack) took around 5 minutes to load and was stuttering like crazy.
FFX-2 booted after a few tries, but the FMV's were stuttering quite a bit as well.
Now, I'm using Ritek G04 DVD-R discs. I'm burning at 2X using Alcohol 120% and DVD Decrypter.
Now, I'm sure that the laser in my BRAND NEW PS2 is fine, and I'm using the correct media (Ritek G04).
What can I be doing wrong? Can there be a problem with my burner? (Lite-On LDW-851S)
Any help would be GREATLY GREATLY appriciated.