Confirming the best install method
I know this has been asked a million times, but I'd just like to clarify. To get Free MC Boot to work, all I need is to be able to dump files off of a USB stick onto my memory card, correct?
I've read every tutorial, but I am still a bit confused. If AR Max Evo or AR Max (with the media player) were still sold in stores, this wouldn't be that big of an issue, but unfortunately I can't find a single store in the area (mom and pop, or big box) that still carries AR of any sort. What I can find is Gameshark 2. That is where my question comes into play. There is a tutorial here (http://bootleg.sksapps.com/tutorials...tion_Guide.htm) that says I absolutely need the "sharkport" USB cable in order to make Free MC Boot work, because Gameshark doesn't support transfers from a USB stick to the memory card. That would be fine, but there is a video here ([ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbv_aw3ok3s"]YouTube - How to create PS2 mc exploit part 2 of 2[/ame]) that shows Gameshark 2 being used to transfer a save from USB (an HDD in this case, but it's claimed that USB sticks work as well). If I'm to accept as fact the notion that a Gameshark 2 will allow me to copy over the PS1 exploit, I should be able to load that, then install Free MCBoot, right? Or am I missing something?
The way I understand it is:
1. Make exploit save and put on USB thumbdrive
2. Put Gameshark 2 in tray, boot, and copy save from thumbdrive to mem card
3. Do a disc swap with a PS1 game
4. Load Free MC Boot off of USB Thumb Drive when the elf launcher comes up
At this point, Free MC Boot should run when that memory card is inserted now, correct? I have experience with Xbox modding, but that was simple compared to this. I can find AR Max online (no way to know if it has the media player or not) for about the same price, but if Gameshark 2 really does work, I'd much rather buy it in store where I can return it. I know that no one here is likely to own a Gameshark 2, but your expertise would be greatly appreciated before I mess something up irreversibly.
update: I've just realized the fact that the tutorial was written for Gameshark, not Gameshark 2, and that Gameshark 2 likely supports USB transfers directly from the PS2, unlike the original Gameshark version (I didn't realize there were different versions). I'd still like to confirm that I've got the correct install method, but further than that, I guess I've answered my own question.
(Edit: I didn't realize that my youtube link would actually embed the video here. If this isn't allowed, I apologize, and I'll remove it. Sorry)