[Tutorial] Win7 Virtual Disk Share
I'm sure most of you are aware that you can create a Virtual Disk in Windows 7, to install your backups on via USBeXtreme, to be played over your home network with OPL. This guide is for those of you who are not. Alternately, I'm sure a third party Virtual Disk creator will allow this tutorial to work in other versions of Windows (untested). Also, this should work with a Logical Disk partition to your PC HDD rather than a Virtual Disk (untested), but the focus here is using a Virtual Disk.
Note: Intel suggests that this will not be necessary with future releases of OPL. If you are patient, hold out for new releases.
USBeXtreme (Windows Mode Client Software, makes life easier)
Virtual Drive Mounting program (for installation of ISO format backups)
Modded PS2 with OPL 0.7
PC to PS2 network
Following this guide, create a Virtual Drive with the following changes:
Steps 1-3 the easy way:
Left-click Start button, type 'disk management' without quotes, followed by the Enter key.
Step 5: (optional)
Choose Dynamically Expanding format, so the Disk size changes according to the games you install. I chose 20GB to start with.
Choose FAT32 in the 'File system' dropbox. Give the volume a label. I used 'PS2 Disk' without quotes, but you are free to choose whatever name you want it to have.
Now that you have created a Virtual Disk, it's time to load your backups on to it.
Using Versatile's excellent guide found here. Scroll down to "Method 2: Using the USBExtreme Windows Software". Do NOT format your drive using USBeXtreme.
Note: His guide is based off of a Retail Disc inserted into his PC DVD Drive. If you wish to install an already existing ISO backup of your game, you will need to mount the image (ISO) using third party sofware. (Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120%, Power ISO...)
EDIT: I noticed he didn't mention this in his guide; Remember not to give your game a title exceeding 25 characters, or OPL will not be able to read it (it wouldn't in my tests).
EDIT2: Just found a few programs that do the same thing as USBeXtreme on the OPL front page. The one on the bottom (USB Insane) will eliminate the need for a image mounting program when dealing with ISO format.
PC to PS2 networking
Using the same link as above, scroll up to the top of the page, and follow Versatile's "[How To] Boot Games Off Network (SMB) With Playstation 2 (PS2) Using OpenPS2Loader (A Novice Guide)". Treat your newly created Virtual Disk, the same way he treats his USB Mass Storage Device.
It's just a cleaner way of doing things IMO.