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ILLEGAL DISK Problem –
Hi, wen ever i put in a disc i get a message saying "Illegal Disc", i've read the other thread on this matter but cos i'm a noob i not understant, cud sum1 tell me step by step wat to do. I've tried this:
but it dont work...
I use swap magic 3.6.
SMS must be loaded before you put a disc like that into the console. is SMS loaded when you see that message? when you put the movie disc in, are you using swap magic? if so, don't. just eject the SMS boot disc as normal and put the video disc in.
you cannot use burned data dvd's directly without a modchip.
you should follow this method.
1) Boot SMS how ever you are doing so currently, I.E. using Swap magic and then replacing it with the SMS boot disk.
2) Once SMS has booted, Eject the drive normally using the eject button so that the PS2 drive gets reset and reinsert the Swap Magic disc. You MUST press the eject button and not use the swap lid or card, so that the ps2 drive gets reset and reads the swap magic disc and recognizes it as an original disc.
3) Now swap the disc with your burned data disc containing you media files using the swap lid or card and it should be read.
Basically you must use the swap magic disc every time you change the disc for non mod ps2.
If you are using the DVD-Video trick then you need not use SM because Video discs are accepted by the ps2 drive.
I have the same problem - I have a late model MatrixInfinity chip installed (PS2 purchased in late 2005) - I load SMS up - I've tried to load a CD -R with JPGs on it and a DVD -R full of AVIs, but SMS says - 'Illegal Disc', or something like that.
Does anyone know anything re:this problem?
Yes. It's due to a so-called 'auto-sleep' feature, which basically means that the chip turns off all CDVD mods after the initial bootup. This is intended to prevent anti-modchip measures in some games, but IMHO this 'cure' is worse than the disease it's supposed to deal with.
Originally Posted by jazzbot
Btw: Using JPGs with SMS is not possible (at present anyway), but you should still have been able to see files and folders, if the CDVD mods weren't 'sleeping'.
I used to have an MI chip myself without this feature, and it worked fine for me. I used it with hundreds of games without any problems. But nowdays I use a DMS4pro, also without such limitation, and also without any anti-mod problems. (Maybe it could happen with some game I don't use, but so far it never has...)
I'm not sure if this feature can be turned off in the MI chip settings, but I do know that others have mentioned a wire that you may cut in order to prevent this feature from working. (So CDVD mods remain active even past the bootup, thus allowing SMS to read your discs.) Perhaps you should search for such info.
Best regards: dlanor
Thankyou both for your help. I think that creating the dummy DVD sounds like the preferable option - dones it - works great - thanks again.
Just out of interest, though, before I crack open my PS2, is this wire soldered or connected with a little clip or something (i.e. would it be hassle-free to undo)?
Last edited by jazzbot; 01-27-2007 at 06:48 AM.
It will definitely be soldered..But removing a soldered wire doesnt require any tools. The material is kind of malliable so if you just bend it left and right it will snap off clean from the board. Same thing on the modchip side.
Originally Posted by jazzbot
I recommend against that. You risk damage to board: lifting pads/legs, breaking vias, dislodging SM components etc. Just cut the wire and make sure the ends don't short (with tape etc).
Originally Posted by thetest