so, admittedly im a retard when it comes to this stuff, so who knows what i screwed up along the way. im using a fat ps2 scph-35001 ntsc. im using esr beta r9b now, was using esr beta r9 before and had same problem. i get the esr splash and then a black screen. no colors or flashing. my backup is on a sony dvd-r burned at x1. my origional is guitar hero III. i get the same result using either a burned copy or a regular ps2 game so i know its not just the speed at which i burned the dvd. ps2 worked fine before. with an origional CD type ps2 game esr goes from the splash to a pink screen and doesnt do anything else. i have tried running esr from ULE and from the ps2 browser screen where i set freemcboot to put ule, fmcb, and esr on the menu.
also, i did patch the burned game using esr disk patcher