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Weird Ulaunch elf bug –
hi. whenever I back up my ps1 saves to a flash drive, everything seems to work perfectly. however, whenever I try to put them back on the ps1 memory cards, the games they apply to do not recognize them. if I transfer the ps1 saves to a ps2 memory card and back, they seem to recognize them then. has anyone else experienced this problem? is there a way to fix this? thanks
Are you using mcPaste, chief?
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It is possible for memory card filenames to contain characters not allowed on other media, and that can lead to problems when restoring saves. This would also explain why the backups to a PS2 memory card don't suffer the same problem.
Originally Posted by GodReborn
Unfortunately mcPaste and psuPaste will not directly help for PS1 backups, as those paste variants only perform their special work for PS2 gamesave folders. But PS1 gamesaves on PS1 memory cards are just simple files, not PS2-style folders. Thus we have no direct way of backing such saves up to a medium that won't accept the original filenames.
There is however an indirect way of achieving such a backup capability:
You can simply pick any valid save folder on a PS2 memory card, and first copy all the PS1 saves you want to backup from your PS1 MC into that folder on your PS2 MC. Then you can backup that folder to any media you like, using the psuPaste method. That will give you a single PSU file on the destination medium, containing all those PS1 saves as well as any other content of that folder from the PS2 MC.
And restoration of that backup can then be done by doing similar work in reverse:
First use Copy+psuPaste commands to restore the PS2 gamesave folder from the backup medium to the PS2 memory card, and then use the Cut+Paste command to move the PS1 gamesaves from that folder to the PS1 memory card.
This method should work every time, regardless of filename legality, as the PS1 filenames are never used as such on the real backup medium.
Best regards: dlanor
Last edited by dlanor; 11-04-2006 at 08:41 PM.
Today I made some experiments with Final Fantasy TactÃ*cs, and discovered that it's not just weird filename characters that cause problems.
Apparently we are still missing some special attribute handling, as a save backed up from a PS1 MC to a PS2 MC by uLE, and then restored to an empty PS1 MC by similar means, is then not accepted by the FFT game.
This means that we can NOT regard our current methods for backing up PS1 gamesaves as entirely safe, even though they do work for most games. We need to research this problem more, to develop a reliable backup method for all PS1 gamesaves.
Best regards: dlanor
Man, Sony/Square couldn't keep it simple, could they.
Of course they could have, if they'd wanted to. But they've never had that intention. As opposed to us, they see 3rd-party copying as something negative, which they want to restrict in as many ways as possible.
Originally Posted by Z-Saber
In any case, I've only been able to come up with a very awkward and roundabout method for making safe backups of such gamesaves to non-PS2 media. Here it is, step-by-step:
Supersafe method for backing up PS1 gamesaves:
1: Insert the PS1 MC to be backed up in one slot and a PS2 MC with sufficient free space in the other (130 KB should suffice for a full PS1 MC backup).
2: Boot up the Sony browser, and use it to copy each of the PS1 gamesaves from the PS1 MC to the PS2 MC.
3: Boot up uLE, and browse to the PS2 MC where you'll find the PS1 gamesaves as one folder per gamesave, each containing a single file. Now mark each of those folders for copying, and then use the 'R1/Copy' command.
4: Browse to the non-MC folder where you want to place the backups, and there use the 'R1/psuPaste' command. This will create one PSU file for each of the selected gamesaves.
Supersafe method for restoring PS1 gamesaves:
1: Insert the PS1 MC to be restored in one slot and a PS2 MC with sufficient free space in the other (130 KB should suffice for a full PS1 MC backup).
2: Boot up uLE, and browse to the non-MC folder where you have the backup PSU files. Now mark each of those files for copying, and then use the 'R1/Copy' command.
3: Browse to the PS2 MC and there use the 'R1/psuPaste' command. This will restore the PS1 gamesaves as one folder per gamesave, each containing a single file. This is the normal state for PS1 saves on a PS2 MC.
4: Boot up the Sony browser, and use it to copy each of the PS1 gamesaves from the PS2 MC to the PS1 MC.
I wish there was a safe way of doing it without having to use the Sony browser, but for the time being we're stuck with it. But of course, this only applies to those games that use these complex validity checks. For games that don't, our old methods will do fine.
Best regards: dlanor
will I be able to put these psu saves on my computer? whenever I backed up all of my ps1 saves to my computer, a few would not transfer. I think it was because of the file name having characters that windows can't handle, such as the greater than and less than characters. will the file name change with those psu files so I can put them on my computer, or should I just leave them on my pen drive? thanks
Yes of course. Invalid characters were the reason for the PSU implementation in the first place. A PSU file will never contain an invalid character. BTW, if your pen drive can hold them, your Windows can handle them too.
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