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Thanks Neme & lujuris.
I have ordered a second memory card which should be getting delivered today so I can test it against the card I have now and report back once I have.
If that fails I'll have another try at tinkering with all the bits and bytes again thanks lujuris for digging out the Pal string!
I'm slowly filling up my so-called 'cannot be found' memory card which is the main thing that's bothering me. I hope this new card fixes that!
Well my new card from Amazon has arrived and what do you know FMCB is now up and running first try. It became obvious as soon as I compared both mc's together - the differences are immediate. I've attached an image of both cards side by side to show you what I mean.
Lesson learned: Buy from trusted sites and avoid the cheap and nasty ones!
Thanks everyone for all your help through my drama's. I really appreciate all your advice and the time taken to help a brother out!
Now it's time to see what this baby can do!
That's quite similar to what i have here. The japanese card is the older and heavily used, still working perfectly. But atm i'm using the chinese one for testing and that's the one i needed to fill up with data to make it work.
Smells like bad clusters at the beginning of those "homemade" chinese cards. Maybe that's why it may work when you put some "trash" at the beginning of the card, so no bad clusters will be used when FMCB is installed.
Looks like you have the 'far eastern flimsy' version as well! I'm just annoyed that I paid £10 for it. I would've gone to ebay for one of those and for cheaper! :P
There's so many differences between them such as the texture of the card (real sony is more rough and the dodgy one smoother), the screws, indents on the side of the cards (the real sony card indent is smaller) and the embossed Sony logo and arrow at the top seem bigger. I also noticed that the exposed circuit board are much different shades of green.
I'm just happy that I can save my games with no problems now which is the main thing when you are trying to get through SotC and MGS3!
@Neme & Bootsector
What do you suggest I use to fill up the suspected bad clusters so I can at least use this card and maybe get FMCB on it also?
I would suggest you use LaunchElf (can be started via SwapMagic 3.6, check the FMCB tutorials) to copy some files from a pendrive to the faulty MC.
Originally Posted by gavatron
So how does one know for sure if they have a chinese clone.
Originally Posted by Neme
Is it by the space between the number and MB - 8MB and 8 MB
Mine look like the ones you have pictured as Jap and have the rough texture, but on 2 of them I had problem with fmcb 1.7. It would install to mc doing the multi-install, and it would load the ELF files by pressing Button key assigned.
It just would not load ELF's from the Sony Browser
But 2 other Sony 8mb cards I got from same place work fine.
I was thinking about filling them up with data, then going to try again seeing I read your post.
They work fine otherwise for saves etc.
I'm trying to follow lujuris' directions to get the correct Memory card ID, but I'm having some problems.
When I run mcid.elf, with my Chinese MC in the mc0 slot, I get this for output:
And no mcid.bin file appears on my flash drive.
IOP reset and update with ron0:EELOADCNF OK.
REading dumped mass
The value of filesize is 75104
The Value of region is 0155
IOP reset and update with REPLACE.IMG OK.
Going to sleep... byebye...
Anyone have an idea why I get the "SecrDownloadFile: failed" error?
Originally Posted by KABUKISTAR
Try to copy mcid.elf and dvdelf.bin to your mc and run from there. That did the job for me.
The mcid.bin is then copied to flash.
Installing freevast 1.6 or 1.7 failed in error "scanning mc for osd fat" and booting after that with mc in caused then a bsod.
Originally Posted by Bogey
Copying the card id with these instructions to osd*.elf files did the trick for cheap Chinese 16MB Sony clone (bought from deal extreme).
Thanks a lot lujuris
Could the card id be read during the install of freevast and install with correct id?