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FMCB 1.7 from a FMCB 1.7
FMCB 1.7 from a FMCB 1.7 –
A friend of mine got me a memory card with FMCB 1.7, and I want to have a backup of the card, in case my 3yo damages the original one. Can I copy the entire FMCB card into another, for backup? Can I do it through the FMCB menu? How can I do it?
Thanks a lot!
It has been said a hundred times before that FMCB can NOT work on a memory card if the FMCB files are simply copied onto that card. The boot file needs to be modified with the unique identification code of the memory card it is to be booted from. Otherwise the bios will reject that file at boot time. And the only program capable of making that modification correctly is the FMCB installer.
Originally Posted by Tom_Joad
So in order to have a backup card to boot from, if something happens to your old one, you will have to run the FMCB installer to make a separate installation to the new backup card. There is no other way to make an FMCB boot file on that card acceptable to the PS2 bios.
Best regards: dlanor
just keep a copy of FMCB installler on your memory card if you have the room to spare (yes I know its a decent size file, its Gold if you dont have a flash drive around though.)
I've done it every time like, that i keep FMCB installer and previously configured SYS-CONF and BOOT folder on a HDD, then copy FMCB installer on a second card, in uLE, install that, and copy SYS-CONF and BOOT to the second card.
Then i leave the installation files on second card, and instruct the next user to do same.
Piece of cake
you can't copy the fmcb files onto another card because the other card has a different mcid (memory card id), and fmcb is mcid specific
Originally Posted by MysTiCy
That's not what he's saying...
I guess he's saying that he got a MC with FMCB and the installation files on it, he ran the installation to install it on another MC and he passes on the MC with FMCB and the installation files...
That's not quite how I interpret what MysTiCy said.
Originally Posted by j0bb13
It is rather that he wants to keep an installer package on an MC, but also wants to keep that package as small as possible. It would be wastefult to have the usual ELFs (SMS, HDL, etc) inside the INSTALL folder when the entire installer package is stored on an MC with FMCB already installed, and all those ELFs stored in the normal "mc0:/BOOT/" folder.
So instead of duplicating all those ELFs inside the INSTALL folder of the installer package he keeps that minimal, which also means that the install made to new MCs will also be minimal, containing only what the installer demands to be present. But after performing such a minimal install to a new MC, he simply copies the BOOT and SYS-CONF folders from the old MC to the new one, thus making the installation complete. (As much as the old one was.)
This method allows a working installer package to be stored on any FMCB-installed MC, at very little space cost. All it takes is the installer itself, and INSTALL/INJECT/DVDELF.BIN, though the latter can be considered optional if working only with slim PStwo consoles, though it is needed to minimize the space waste when using fat PS2 consoles. Assuming that both files are included in the minimal installer package, this still uses only 533 KB. Thus it is even practical to include such an installer package on normal 8MB Sony MCs...
NB: During an install with such a minimal package, the installer will complain about missing files a couple of times, but this can safely be ignored, telling the installer to continue each time. It will also not be possible to go directly to the configurator at the end, since the installer wants to launch this from the installer package (and in a minimal package it is not present). So it's necessary to launch FMCB at end of installation instead, so as to start uLE from FMCB (on the old MC) and then perform the folder copying that makes the new MC installation complete.
Btw: I'm not 100% sure this is what MysTiCy meant, but it is useful none the less
Best regards: dlanor
Well put dlanor. This is pretty much how I have installed every MC since my first. It is the easiest way I found to clone a card.
That is exactly what i ment, i thought i was telling it clearly
Originally Posted by dlanor