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Hi there, I recently installed Free McBoot using the Agent Under Fire trick. Worked wonderfully. I'm just now rediscovering the magic of what my ps2 can do.
However, I'm having some issues getting the boot setup to be how I want. I want the ps2 to NOT boot at all into a disc automatically when there's one in the drive. If I have Fastboot on, it boots directly to my ESR'd disc I have in there. I figured as much. With it off, (and with skip disc either on or off, no difference) when I turn on the ps2 I get a quick blip of the free mcboot menu and it jumps to the ps2 Browser (memory card and disc display) but doesn't do anything there. Huh? I can press circle and get back to my mcboot menu and goodies. If I don't have a disc in when I power up, it doesn't do this Browser behavior, it just shows my mcboot. The setting for booting to the browser is definitely off, by the way.
Is there any way I can turn on my ps2, with a disc in it, and not have that annoying entrance into the ps2 Browser? If I'm not playing the disc, I always have to circle out of it and hear the booting noise twice. I would like it to display ONLY Free McBoot when I turn on, the same as if no disc is in the drive.
Is there any setting to do this? Any help would be appreciated!
There is an option in the hacked ossys options that lets you bypass the PS2 splash screen. You can't bypass the FMCB intro screen, but it will let you go from that to the menu.
Originally Posted by burn_654
It's called "Skipt Sony Logo" http://freemcboot.info/config.php
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I do the same thing too, on each of my consoles. But then I let FMCB start uLaunchELF (aka: uLE) instead, as I prefer to use uLE as my PS2 'desktop'. It has a wider set of homebrew tools built-in than FMCB has, including a generic FileBrowser.
Originally Posted by burn_654
This is an unavoidable side effect of a difference in the bios code between the old consoles and the new consoles.
If I have Fastboot on, it boots directly to my ESR'd disc I have in there. I figured as much. With it off, (and with skip disc either on or off, no difference) when I turn on the ps2 I get a quick blip of the free mcboot menu and it jumps to the ps2 Browser (memory card and disc display) but doesn't do anything there. Huh?
In the old consoles it was possible to specify additional launch options with the launch of the OSDSYS program, so that it is possible on these models to go directly to the main OSDSYS menu even with a disc in tray, without booting that disc.
But in the newer consoles the number of OSDSYS launch options has been reduced, with the one needed here now being ignored. This would cause the disc to be booted if going directly to the OSDSYS menu at launch, much as if you had inserted a game disc while looking at that menu. (OSDSYS always boots a game at such insertion.) When the FMCB coders discovered this change they decided that the best workaround for it would be to use a launch argument causing entry into the 'Browser' instead, as that inhibits the automatic booting of the game disc in tray. Which inhibition then remains active as you exit from the 'Browser' to the main OSDSYS menu of FMCB.
This is a minor inconvenience, but it is unavoidable given how Sony changed OSDSYS code.
Yes, the workaround is only applied when it is needed to avoid booting a disc.
I can press circle and get back to my mcboot menu and goodies. If I don't have a disc in when I power up, it doesn't do this Browser behavior, it just shows my mcboot.
Understood. That way of entering the 'Browser' is a separate issue, though I think it was mainly added for those who want their slim console to start consistently, regardless of whether they have a disc in the tray or not. And then turning on that 'Browser' setting is the only way to do it.
The setting for booting to the browser is definitely off, by the way.
Not if you want to reach the OSDSYS menu of FMCB, since that is the ONLY way to reach that menu on a slim PS2 with a disc in tray. All other methods will just boot the disc.
Is there any way I can turn on my ps2, with a disc in it, and not have that annoying entrance into the ps2 Browser? If I'm not playing the disc, I always have to circle out of it and hear the booting noise twice.
But if you care to use another homebrew menu, like that of uLE, then it is simple to do.
In addition to the settings you already have, you just add an 'auto' launch shortcut for uLE into the FMCB configurator and save that CNF. From that time on your console will boot 'apparently' directly into uLE, without playing the OSDSYS 'noise' even once.
In reality FMCB is still launched as before, but instead of OSDSYS it will then launch uLE, which is free of such boot disc issues.
This is what I do myself, and many others too.
But I admit to being partial in this, which is inevitable as I am one of the uLE developers.
That is unfortunately impossible on a slim console. The code that limits this is not inside the homebrew FMCB parts, but in parts of Sony code that we do not modify. The homebrew parts can only work around that limitation, as described.
I would like it to display ONLY Free McBoot when I turn on, the same as if no disc is in the drive.
Best regards: dlanor
That was actually a really thorough response, dlanor. I appreciate it!
I can understand why the booting-with-a-disc behavior is different, given the circumstances. I thought it seemed a little funny, but it's good to know why it has to do this, and that this is intentional.
Knowing this, I'll either be using the Boot to Browser option like you mentioned, to make all boots unified - it would boot to the Browser with or without a disc and I can exit out to mcboot if I choose; or I can autoboot to uLaunch. Can uLaunch exit/reset back to the main free mcboot menu as well?
Thanks for the help!
Yep, sure can:
Originally Posted by burn_654
FileBrowser > MISC > PS2Browser
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And MISC/PS2Browser can also be assigned to a button in the uLaunchElf menu also, of course. I have mine assigned to the Start button.
Originally Posted by JNABK
To err is human. To really foul up requires a computer.
There is one more thing that needs to be clarified about how to get to the FMCB menu, when FMCB has been configured to auto-launch uLE (or another program).
If you simply invoke "MISC/PS2Browser" from either the FileBrowser of uLE or using one of its button shortcuts, then FMCB is just going to relaunch uLE for you yet again, since that is what you configured it to do.
To prevent this relaunch of uLE and instead stay in FMCB you need to use one of the button shorcuts of FMCB to override the default auto-launch. FMCB has some built in launch alternatives that can be used instead of normal elf paths in configuring a shortcut, and the one you need to use now is "OSDMENU".
In the FMCB configurator you do this as follows:
First enter one of the 'E#' launch key submenus and then step the cursor down to the button entry you want to change and there press the select button of your gamepad a few times until the entry reads "OSDMENU". Then exit from this submenu and save the CNF.
Henceforth you can press and hold the chosen button whenever the FMCB splash appears, to inhibit the auto-launch of uLE for those cases where you do want to use the FMCB menu or the Sony tools (Browser/DVD-Player).
On a slim console with a disc in the drive tray this usage will again result in the Sony Browser being started, as a workaround to avoid booting that disc. But without any disc in the tray, or always on a fat console, the OSDMENU command will lead directly to the main FMCB menu.
Best regards: dlanor