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Boot Ulaunch From USB –
Is it possible to boot Ulaunch from USB without having to burn CD/DVD?
Thanks and regards
You mean uLaunchELF (uLE)?
Using a normal PS2 without a modchip that allows booting to a USB device, no.
You can also either choose to use FMCB or Swapmagic to boot uLE as alternatives to using a modchip.
Personally, I use FMCB to boot uLE 4.40 from my USB devices.
If you need more help, please refer to the uLE thread. I'm sure that your question has been answered there before...
Anyways, welcome to PSX-scene!
Ahh, thanks. I only need to know this info before divulging any further.
Originally Posted by SP193
You can boot uLaunch from USB via Swap Magic. Just make a folder called "SWAPMAGIC" on the root of your USB. Then place the uLaunch ELF there and rename it into "SWAPMAGIC.ELF". Plug your USB in your PS2 and launch Swap Magic ^^
There are some more things you need to know.
Originally Posted by aunty alonso
FMCB will only work for you if your PS2 is quite a bit older than the ones available in most shops now.
If the PS2 product code of the form SCPH-xxxxx has the code number xxxxx less than 90000, then FMCB is guaranteed to work well on your console. And the same also applies for consoles with code SCPH-900xx if their 'datecode' is 8B or older (2nd quarter 2008).
But all SCPH-900xx consoles with datecode 8D or newer (4th quarter 2008) are doomed never to boot FMCB, as their bios version is unable to boot it.
For the consoles with datecode 8C it is a toss-up whether they can boot FMCB or not, since that was the period where Sony switched to the new bios version, so some of them have the old bios while others have the new one making FMCB boot impossible.
SwapMagic on the other hand is able to boot uLE from both USB and MC on all existing PS2 models.
The only drawback of this is that the primary boot is always made from a SwapMagic boot disc (both CD and DVD are supplied), so if/when the laser dies the boot ability is lost.
The useful versions of SwapMagic are v3.6 and "v3.8 Coder" (also includes a cheat engine).
I have the latter of these myself, for use with an SCPH-90004 with datecode 9C.
Best regards: dlanor