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Thanks for the help.
We need a non-copyrighted True Type or Open Type font that has the "PS2 only" characters left in it when converted to PC. This Font can then be installed in windows, and used with Super Edi or other SJIS compatible editors to see all the characters displayable by the PS2 BIOS. I will be posting screens of the "NTSC-U PS2" only characters to the first post in the next few days as well as a modified FREEMCB.CNF based on yi's. According to yi's blog these extra PS2 only characters may also be region or language specific, i.e. not the same in ever countries console. So it will be important that as many people with consoles other than my region test it out.
urbigbro, Have you check the "Yi" blog?
Did you see what the guy did to you?
It's a program to print a more complete ROM information and info about the font, i run this tool on my SCPH-10000
I hope this screen shot helps yi. It's from my v9 NTSC-U console.
I really am stuck right now. I can't seem to figure out what windows based program I can use to edit his FREEMCB.CNF he posted on his blog (attached below). If I use Super Edi with SJIS or Mac SJIS all characters that are not part of their code page show up as ..... dots in the PS2 OSDSYS. The only way to make it display the "PS2 only" characters is if I use it without making any modifications.
Perhaps I need to use a Hex editor? I'm not very good knowledgeable with those.
If anyone has figured out how to edit it please let us non-Japanese speakers know.
Here is my screenshot too, hoping Yi knows about this thread.
urbigbro, he uses Notepad2 (the same tha I use to edit stuff)
If you use XP (I don't use Vista) install the language support for japanese reading and writhing.
I can only get the "PS2 only" characters to save correctly if I save the .CNF in the default ANSI encoding, and a font with a Western script . Which means you need to change the font script default from Japanese to Western if you have done so to edit the standard SJIS characters. If the .CNF is saved with the Japanese script still active it will make all the "PS2 only" characters show as dots in the OSDSYS.
This of course makes it a real pain to use those "PS2 only" characters as you have to look at screen shots or the display your PS2 is on, and cross reference it with the characters location in the .CNF.
If anyone has come up with an easier way of doing editing these "PS2 only" characters (short of making a custom Font), please speak up.
Check the yi blog, he already respond to your question.
He also said "Thank you for every one that uploaded the screen shot of his program"
I don't know what he will come up with this information.
His solution doesn't fix the problem I'm talking about. It is merely the way to get Japanese support for programs that don't have Unicode support, which is not the encoding we are using. I could already see the SJIS Japanese in the .CNF since I have the East Asian files installed so I can read and input Chinese. Even if I change my main Language to Japanese, I still can't save the .CNF when it is in Japanese script mode, or all the "PS2 only" characters are saved as dots.
Originally Posted by katananja
Perhaps some settings are different on his PC? Perhaps he has a custom font that already has these characters? I highly doubt that though.
I'm getting the feeling that it the solution we want can only be achieved with a custom font.
Yi recently posted on his blog that you can hex edit the "PS2 only " characters, but I'm really unfamiliar with using hex editors. If anyone wants to explain or show what needs to be edited to add or remove one these characters please enlighten us.
Japanese Word Processor (FREE )