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FMCB problem with dvd –
Hi. I'm relatively new to ps2 modding so I decided to buy Swapmagic. When I saw FMCB, I installed it immediately since it would make my life easier and rid me of this "put dvd, open top lid, change dvd, close lid" ritual each time I needed to play a game.
When I tried to launch a game with ANY program with Free mc boot (swapmagic turned into an elf, ulaunchelf, et caetera), the dvd reader doesn't even start. When I say doesn't start, I mean that nothing will get it to launch a dvd, back-up or original. I wondered if its a common problem or if it is a special case. Please someone help
Asking the same thing again
Asking the same thing again –
Sorry for asking the same thing again but it seems no one actually took a look at my thread. The things is, with any programs used under FCMB (v1.8b), my DVD drive doesn't seem to work. Without FCMB, it works with any type of media. I know there was a known issue over FCMB having a problem loading DVD media (and CD) but they don't specify if it is only FCMB or all the programs which are launch with it.
What should I do to make it work?
in what way does it not work? more detail is needed. what disks are you trying? have they been patched? tell us what you have done in a lot more detail then maybe someone will be able to see what you missed or possibly forgot to do.which programs/elf's have you tried and how have you tried them?
136 installs , last on 16-NOV-2013
PS2 50002 PAL Silver
+ Network Adaptor + 500 Gig
Hitachi IDE + FMCB 1.8b
PS2 79002 PAL
Slim Unmodded FMCB 1.8b
black CFW 6.60 B10 PhotoFast 5400 with 2 x 8 Gig micro SDHC
I think you have completely misunderstood how FMCB is supposed to work.
Originally Posted by nonamemax
FMCB does not in any way modify the usage of any CD/DVD media at all, ever...
So with FMCB alone installed the usage of all CD/DVD media is unchanged.
But use of FMCB also allows the use of some other homebrew programs, some of which are also included in the 'noobie' installation package, such as the ESR backup game launcher.
It is ESR that can modify the usage of burned DVD discs, so as to allow burned backups to be used even on an unmodded console, which can not normally be done (except by so called disc-swapping techniques, which can be harmful to the console).
The ESR method requires that a backup DVD ISO be patched in a specific way before burning it to disc, as it is the patch that makes it possible for the console to read a burned DVD-ROM disc (because it 'believes' it to be a DVD-Video disc). But this alone is not enough, as the normal disc booting drivers of the PS2 can not deal with the filesystem in patched form. This is why the ESR driver is also needed, in addition to the patch, to filter the patched disc information so that the game booting routines 'see' the disc contents as if the disc was an unpatched original.
Since the DVD-Video trick obviously only works for DVD media, the CD games will have to be converted to standard PS2 DVD ISOs before proper ESR-patching is possible. And that is the only media issue specific to ESR.
But of course the same issues that apply to all backup media also apply here (mainly using only high quality media for reliable backups).
IF you only have FMCB itself installed, without ESR, then use of ESR backup discs is impossible.
What should I do to make it work?
If you have ESR installed with FMCB, then you just need to ESR-patch the ISOs before burning to disc, so that ESR can run those games properly.
The invocation of ESR to do this should be handled automatically by FMCB when you attempt to launch an ESR-patched disc, since FMCB has built-in recognition of that patch. The same also goes for uLaunchELF (aka: uLE) when you use its subprogram command MISC/PS2Disc to launch a disc, as uLE too has built-in recognition for the ESR patch, and will automatically launch the installed ESR program when the PS2Disc command is used for an ESR-patched disc.
The tools for ESR-patching have been posted countless times in these forums and elsewhere, so just "search and thou shalt find"...
Best regards: dlanor