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Problems with homebrew and No-Solder chip
Problems with homebrew and No-Solder chip –
I have a v4 PAL machine with a no-solder modchip. The problem I'm having is booting homebrew stuff (PSMS, Dreamspec etc.)
I use AR2 v2.02 to swap and each time I swap with a copy of PSMS or Dreamspec, PS2 hangs at a garbled AR screen.
I've used the Nero Dreamspec image from the official site which is supposed to work according to the author. (I Patched it to PAL with a ntsc2pal util)
The PSMS image I've created according to the information from the official website and this tutorial. http://www.geocities.com/darkflare9x/psmstutorial.html
All the backups I've made of my originals run just fine.
So my question is, do I need to do some additional patching to the images I've created? (Or is it even possible to get these running with the No-Solder chip?) Any thoughts appreciated.
Thanks for the reply!
I had a look at both of the utils and started with duke's because it seemed easier to use. There was however an option to choose 2336/2352 bytes sector size and I had no idea which one to choose. I made 2 separate images for both and mounted them with Daemon Tools to see what they looked like. I noticed no difference in either one of the images (No dummy files) so I made a file compare. In one of the images system.cnf was garbled and in the other image there was differences in 93 bytes but the image size was the same. (I didn't try it yet because I didnt see no Dummy file on the cd)
I took the other util and after some usage problems I was able to make a 0.0 file. If I understood the point of this util correctly, the system.cnf has to be at a certain location of the CD? So I should burn the image again and add the dummy file to the CD? (before the system.cnf) Does it otherwise matter in which order I place the other files on the CD?
Still a bit puzzled with the 2 utilities, the first command you pasted actually creates the spacer file and the second command says it patches the system.cnf. When I used the command line arpatch -p myfile.iso it overwrite the .iso file and made it with same contents as system.cnf in the .iso file. I also read few tutorials here meanwhile which explained the whole swap thing but it was mainly how to make copy of the original so it would work.
Now one more question, if I want to make Dreamspec or PSMS to a so called "No-Mod" version without any of the utils mentioned above, in which way does the layout of the AR2 CD need to match my homebrew CD? Does the volume label need to be the same or does system.cnf need to be on the same LBA on both CDs?