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Can I use ths to play imported games with no Swap Magic or Fliptop?
Can I use ths to play imported games with no Swap Magic or Fliptop? –
I created an account here just to get this answered. You see, the website I ordered my fliptop/swap magic from was a scam site. (ps2cover.com) So if I get an AR and install FreeMCboot can I use it to play imported games without any of the aformentioned tools?
What Version is your PS2? If it's and old style, I have a flip top cover and swap disks for sale...
Once you have FMCB with ESR installed, you can use them to run imported game backups without problems, assuming that your PS2/PSTwo console is a little older than the very latest model. (For the latest model Sony blocked FMCB using a new bios version.)
Originally Posted by Vexus
So if your console model code is lower than SCPH-900xx then all is well.
And if you have an SCPH-900xx with datecode 8B or lower then all is well.
But if you have an SCPH-900xx with datecode 8C exactly, then the case is doubtful.
And if you have an SCPH-900xx with datecode 8D or later then you're screwed...
The above has to do with exactly when Sony introduced the new bios that makes FMCB use impossible.
Assuming that your model can use FMCB, then there should be no problem running imported game discs, except that you must run them as ESR-patched backups, not using the original discs.
Another way of running games is of course to use no physical CDVD discs, but instead use Open PS2 Loader (aka: OPL) to run the games from other media. Current media supported include USB drives and LAN, with the latter using SMB protocol to run games from storage in a PC fileshare folder. The most recent betas of the OPL program also support using an internal IDE HDD, for those PS2 models that can have one. So then OPL also replaces the program HDLoader that you may have heard of.
The advantage of using OPL rather than commercial PS2 game loaders is that OPL is an Open-Source freeware project with very active development, whereas all the commercial projects are effectively dead, though they continue to sell those discs to rake in some money.
Best regards: dlanor
90004 PAL and Swap Magic 3.8 Coder .
Can i run original NTSC games with the classic sensor blocking+disc swaping method ?
Yes, I think that method should work on any model, though the precise methods of sensor blocking vary between them, as the sensor design has varied between models. (Both placement and number of sensors has varied.)
Originally Posted by flo
You need to find proper instructions for your own console, and that is something I can't help you with, as I have never wanted to use this kind of swapping myself.
I don't even use original discs from the same region as the console nowdays.
Mostly I use OPL, except for the very few OPL-incompatible games, for which I instead use ESR backups.
Best regards: dlanor