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Post By ShadeTail
FMCB Question –
Hello, this is my first post.
I have been searching your forums and have read your guides to get my PS2 up with FMCB and Open PS2 Loader.
Here is my question:
The USB Flash drive that I used to install FMCB to my Memory card seems to be required in order for my system to boot properly. If I remove my USB drive with the installation files, the system with hang at the FMCB splash screen. How could I go about resolving this issue?
The only thing I can imagine is that you got a bad install to the memory card. I would suggest you make sure you have the installer properly loaded into the root directory of the USB drive, then use uLaunchELF to run the installer a second time. Maybe (re-)download the newbie package from the freemcboot dot info web site just to make sure that you have the correct installer package.
Also, make sure you are using an official Sony 8mb memory card. Third-party cards are notorious for not working right.
Agreed. I have a 3rd party card (along with an official 8 mb) that doesn't work for FMCB half the time. When I only had it installed on my large 3rd party, sometimes it wouldn't even load! So I installed it on my official card and left it off of the 3rd party card. And I would recommend keeping your applications etc on the official Sony one as well. Because more than half of the time it wouldn't recognize the card from uLaunch. Possibly consider another 8mb card, although those are rather expensive (always have been).
Originally Posted by ShadeTail
I resolved the issue. I have 3 Official Sony 8MB cards. I just copied what saved data I had over to one of the others, reformatted and re-installed FMCB. Everything is well now as long as I do not have any USB devices connected. Now plugging in a USB device causes it to hang.
I another question about USB devices I will ask in another forum because I do not think it is appropriate here.
Just for the record, when FMCB starts up, it reads the USB drive first, and doesn't continue onward until it's scanned the entire USB drive. For large drives, this can take a long time, which can make it seem like it's gotten hung up. I have two USB flash drives, one 256mb and the other 16gb. Obviously, I always use the smaller 256mb drive, because the 16gb drive would take forever and a half. I would use an even smaller one than that if I had it, since nothing I would do with FMCB requires files larger than one or two megabytes. But the 256mb drive is fast enough.