1. Well if you want a nice chip go with Matrix Infinity or crystal chip with hacked firmware to play backups. Well ps2s are nothing like xbox. If you think you can do it then practice on an old pc motherboard. Check out a ps2 diagram for your version number which you can search on google and it will have links and guides. If you cant do it then have a pro at the bst vendors section.
2. Well I only use HDloader on my memory card manager. The memory card managers store off the memory card. HDLoader can run off the memory card and it reads of the HDD. Crystal chip has bootmanager which is like an xbox dashboard. You dont have to install it. Agentboolen has mega packs for bootmanager which allow you to have lots of ps2 hb.
3. No real noob guides but there is a search function. We dont have a noob forum because they would abuse it like there is no tommorrow and this site is running low on bandwith. We are very nice people. We arent like that other site that we try not too mention. I hope this helps.
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