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Game stops for a fraction of second and then resumes
Game stops for a fraction of second and then resumes –
To protect my original game DVDs from wear and tear, I have made their backups and play them.
Basically, I have an unmodded SCPH-90004 8B, lucky enough to be playing FMCB. So the backups are played using ESR or I play them using USBAdvance.
I am having this annoying problem, where the gameplay stops for a fraction of second and then resumes. Very few times, this stop-resume problem happens very quickly and I think I have seen my TV displaying "No signal" or "Invalid media".
Now from what I think is, all the game loading happens when a game level is loaded, so if it's a media problem why should it happen after load has been done, I mean in the game play. Shouldn't it cause problem in the loading itself?
Basically my question is does PS2 needs to read media even after the initial loading and for what purposes? And is this stop-start due to bad media?
I have faced this problem with the original DVD as well but very less times compared to the backups.
Is this a media problem (seems mostly) or PS2? Can somebody explain why Ps2 must read from the media after the initial level loading?
- Kamal N
because its a cd/dvd based console... and memory is limited
Originally Posted by nijhawank
u cant load everything into the memory
take gta for example take out the dvd and see 2 meters ahead and all the rest will disappear since its all being read from the dvd realtime
but i'm not a developer/programmer anyone els care to explain better :P
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The basic need for loading stuff in gameplay should be obvious.
A DVD9 disc can contain appx 8 GB of data, while the total EE RAM of a PS2 is 32 MB.
(Here EE is the name of the main PS2 MIPS processor.)
This means that a disc can contain appx 256 times the maximum amount of data which can be stored in EE RAM. Case closed...
I'm more interested in the apparent loss of video signal that the "No signal" message implies, as that must then be a message displayed by the TV itself, independently of the console. But the message "Invalid Media" on the other hand must be coming from the game program on the console, since a TV set does not deal directly with any storage media when used with a console.
However, both the video signal loss and the "Invalid Media" message must be specific to the game program running on the console. And the "Invalid Media" message definitely indicates some problem with that game disc.
You then need to look for the usual causes of such problems, which mainly are:
1: Unsuitable 'ripping' tools or methods for making the ISO file before patching:
The tool I recommend is DVD-Decrypter.
2: Improper ESR-patching methods:
Many patchers exist and should work the same, but I recommend the one by ffgriever.
3: Low quality media:
This is the main culprit in most cases.
I recommend Mitsubishi's "MCC03RG20" media, commonly sold as "Verbatim AZO 16X DVD-R"
4: -RW or +RW media:
These should be avoided at all times.
(They not only work badly, but also kill the PS2 lasers.)
5: Improper burning methods:
I recommend "ImgBurn" using 'auto' settings or half the max speed of the media.
(The ancient myth that slowest is best is false, and can make modern media useless.)
Best regards: dlanor
1) Use good media such as sony dvd-r or dvd+r both work great for me
2)Burn at the slowest speed ur allowed to go.(i burn at 4X)
#Alcohol is a very good program for buring ps2 games and even has a ps2 option
its better to use at the mid. speed
I have a similar problem to this -
When playing kingdom hearts Re: Chain of memories
The game stops up for a fraction of a second during some cutscenes. I burned a new copy, and the cutscenes started working fine, but then I got to the final boss and they got shoddy again - both burns get shoddy during, but at different points.
The game exibits some kind of graceful failure - if it locks up completely, it jumps ahead to the battle, which is nice, but I'd love to see the cutscenes. I'm using
Maxell DVD-R 4.7gb blanks.
Any tips? The gameplay is fine outside the cutscenes, and this is driving me nuts.
I'm using free mcboot on a slim, any other info you need is available at request. Help.
Don't be cheap, buy good quality media e.g Taiyo Yuden, or Verbatim 8x DVD-R or DVD+R booktyped to DVD-ROM.
Originally Posted by punkonjunk
If you have problems after using good media then you are having laser issues. Try cleaning the laser with 91% rubbing alcohol.
I use the same DVD's and my games are working fine.
Originally Posted by urbigbro
@poster, Did you try changing the burn speed? I had problems with one of my games but I changed the burn speed of the ISO and it worked fine. It might also be that your ISO is faulty.
I don't believe it's the ISO - Different burns get faulty in different places. I've got three copies now, all with different halt points during different videos.
I've got an 8x burn, 4x burn, and 2x burn. What speed do you suggest I try?