Sorry, just got back in! No lag at all, they play like a dream. San Andreas now has virtually no loading times when going into buildings for example. No movie stutter either. Sometimes though there are other problems, such as the tomb raider legend PDA bug (covered elsewhere). But if you change the HDD disc read method in OPL's games options menu to a slower read it solves this.
It is a billion times better than using discs, especially if your lens is fried, as mine was for a long time until very recently.
ouch...i really need a phat ps2
Originally Posted by LopoTRI
I wouldn't be so categorical.
HDD is the fatest device, meaning usually no FMV lag, but it may also lead to less compatibility (as it is running faster than expected, and some games have really strict timings).
Also using HDD is a real pain to manage games. It is the worse device for this task, which I consider very important ... But it's maybe due to my use of the PS2 (I never run games, but I spend a lot's of time modifying files).
For me, the best device is ETH, no comparison possible in ease of use. You add games, themes, arts, everything is taken in account dynamically, no plug-in plug-out, multiple share support, "unlimited" disk space, no 4Go limitation, ... I'll hope some day, Volca or other would enhance it's throughput to definitely won the game.
internal hdd vs external hdd with power supply , are the same? (I mean FMV lag)
External HDD means using the USB 1.1 port of the PS2, this is the slowest setup possible for OPL. If you can't setup properly a network and want go this way, better use PS2ESDL which is optimized for USB.
But beware, using USB is also a pain to manage games. Files are limited to 4Go, and you will have to defrag your device after each game installation (necessary due to speed optimization either in OPL or PS2ESDL).
I was casually browsing this thread as I was trying to find out about OPL v.9, which to me, does not exist. Low and behold, I was surprised to see my name mentioned.
For what it is worth, I have done a number of PS2 tutorial videos, and I have done almost everything known to man for the PS2 for both the fat and the slim PS2.
If you want to check out my playlist, go here:
[How To] Modding Tutorials - YouTube
So where do I begin? There is so much info, I can't summarize years worth of info in one post.
In regards to speed, internal hard drive is the best, as that is the fastest, but I understand game compatibiltity is hit or miss. When that fails, you can use the PS2 fat network adapter and go that route. OPL and HDLoader works perfectly with internal hard drive.
And although the PS2 uses USB 1.1, its not that bad guys. I played God of War 2 DVD5 version over USB, and the FMVs were lagless. My preference is to use SMB (network) when I get a chance, but there is absolutely no shame in carrying a 1TB external hard drive in your pocket, and do USB gaming on the go wherever.
If you want to become a PS2 king, I highly recommend watching my PS2 videos. They are definitely one of the better ones on the Internet. Even though its been 10+ years after PS2 was launched, I still get many questions even to this day about gamers who want to mod their PS2 and get more out of it. I don't blame them, its a versatile device!
thanks for reply versatileninja, atm I'm trying to switch my ps2 slim with a phat one , but in Romania the network adapter is almost nowhere to be found .O , and you have maybe the best tutorials about ps2 , I saw half of them after I got it
I was at the same boat too. I was using SMB with my slim PS2. It is good for gameplay, but FMVs lag a lot. DMC 3, Dragon Quest 8, FF X.
Originally Posted by angloma
Well, if i can't watch the great FMVs of Final Fantasy X, i don't consider myself i am playing the game.
I started to hunt a fat ps2 and a network adapter. Unfortunately original network adapter is very hard to find, but luckily there is a chinese clone around which lets you install 3.5 inch SATA drives instead of IDE drives to your PS2. SATA drives are cheaper and easier to find.
The bad side is, there are two versions of these clones. The good ones have the ethernet port, which lets you use the SMB protocol for gameplay and WinHiip for installing games without taking off the drive. The bad ones lack the ethernet port as you can guess, which doesn't let you use SMB and you have to take the drive out, connect it to your PC via a hdd box to install games.
It is hard to distinguish them. There is a yellow sticker on the port, some has hardware inside and some is empty. So be sure to take out the sticker and check inside if you plan to buy one of them.
About the game compatibility. Lately i am playing Dragon Quest 8, Street Fighter EX3, Final Fantasy X, Half Life from my HDD with OPL. I've tested Black and PES too. None of them had a compatibility issue plus the fast game loads and lagless FMVs.
google the url and you will find out the site.
that is what i am talking about. But that's the one without the ethernet port which you should avoid if the comment below is true. Mine is exactly the same with a working ethernet port inside.
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Originally Posted by cleeg
Suikoden V no longer hardens the arteries ... ;)
I feel sorry for anyone that played that sucker off DVD. If they managed to rack up a 15 hour save, about 5 of 'em was spent watching that 2D sprite of Sialeeds and her fancy cat prancing on top of "Loading ..." text in the lower right corner ... :lol:
Thanks, this is true. Your tutorials have been of great help to me, and that's why I only ever recommend yours to others.
Originally Posted by versatileninja
For my money, a fat PS2 with adapter and internal PATA HDD is the best way to go as there is less hassle and the parts are quite easy to come by on eBay, if sometimes a little pricey.
But like Versatile says, there is much you can do with a slim PS2 and a little know how. There are some cheap but effective HDD adapters on eBay too, like a dock which allows you to slot in a HDD (PATA or SATA) and connect to USB via a cble. I'm not sure if this would work on OPL as I haven't tried it yet, but it would seem to be a good solution as you can use whatever HDD you happen to have around at the time, or whatever is cheapest.