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No video after installing FMCB - I'm totally stuck
No video after installing FMCB - I'm totally stuck –
I have an SCPH-39001 with a 32GB SSD in it, using original HDLoader 1.0
Started out yesterday with WinHIIP and got uLaunchELF copied to and finally working on the HDD. No problems with either of those two now that I'm familiar enough with using both of them.
Downloaded the FMCB 1.7.6 Noobie package (comes with a few included apps).
Today, I've spent the entire day trying to get Free McBoot working to no avail. I cannot get the FMCB browser (OSD?) no matter what I do, and I've formatted my original Sony 8MB MC and reinstalled FMCB to it four times. I'm exhausted trying to figure out what's wrong. The minute I even try to launch FMCB after installing from USB, the screen goes black. I restart the PS2 and I get a black screen UNTIL I pull out the MC and then the original PS2 browser (OSD?) comes right up. Sorry, not sure what OSD is other than on-screen-display.
Something about video mode??? (I'm guessing). It's set to NTSC. I have a widescreen LCD television.
I have to think there is something wrong with the way the Noobie Package was constructed (less likely), or maybe I'm just doing something wrong (far more likely).
However, the instructions for Noobies kind of cut out after you installed FMCB with no clear path on what to do next (launch, run the configurator or reboot your PS2). Maybe it's so obvious that it works for nearly everyone else, just not for me.
I can't figure this out to save my life.
Last edited by ssybesma; 08-31-2010 at 05:14 PM.
How long are you waiting before pulling your card out?
Did you include simply the Noobie Package or did you try to customize it?
The instructions are fairly based on instinct, after installing, you simply launch FMCB and let it load. In some systems, it can take up to 20 seconds or longer to load.
Have you tried switching memory card slots? There could be a problem with trying to read/write to the memory card, therefore crashing.
Also, what mode did you select? Multi version seems to work best on most consoles, but Normal install might be what you want. Just take your time testing what doesn't work because you never know what could be going wrong.
You said you're launching from hdloader. You mean you're running uLE off hdloader then the FMCB installer from the usb? If not, you might not be getting the necessary files on your card.
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First of all, thanks for the quick and generous reply! ;-)
OK, I'll go point-by-point on your questions so you may see what I'm doing wrong.
>>1. How long are you waiting before pulling your card out?
I've waited no less than 20 seconds and as much as a couple minutes in all cases. What's interesting is that the system doesn't seem to indicate a problem with the memory card, and it formats well and is perfectly accessible once I plug it back in after the normal PS2 boot process occurs. I never get any errors relating to the memory card in any event.
>>2. Did you include simply the Noobie Package or did you try to customize it?
I was only using the Noobie Package with no additional apps. I tried no customization and also customizing through what looked like a uLE interface (what you get when you select the FMCB configurator after installing).
>>3. Have you tried switching memory card slots?
No, I will try that.
>>4. Also, what mode did you select?
I used only Normal install, but I can try Multi version - however, doesn't the Noobie Package only include one version - seems like an ignorant question. Incidentally, the normal install goes through with no errors of any kind.
>>5. You mean you're running uLE off hdloader then the FMCB installer from the usb?
That is exactly correct. Once HDLoader's menu comes up, I run uLE from it, and then (just figured out how to use uLE in the last 24 hours, so forgive me) I go through the file system to where the USB stick is, and run the ELF for FMCB, which comes up...then I format and install FMCB.
Thanks again for your reply.
I guess the single greatest thing that will break me through this obstacle is to get this OSD to come up instead of a black screen...this is key to resolving my entire issue. Anything I can do to guarantee I get that ends this problem.
Last edited by ssybesma; 08-31-2010 at 05:46 PM.
there appears to be no guaranteed solution to this, other than...
there appears to be no guaranteed solution to this, other than... –
Getting a different PS2, with a new memory card, a new HDD, a new memory stick and a new TV, at a different location than mine. In other words, if I keep anything as is, it probably will never work.
(OK, I'm just frustrated - sorry!)
I'm at my wits ends after trying, and trying and trying...still no video at all after installing FMCB. It is trying to boot off the MC because taking it out allows the system to go forward and bring up the regular PS2 browser. Whatever is on the MC that is trying to boot isn't being honored by the hardware in some way so it just hangs...the point at which it seems to hang after booting is the part right where it goes into what devices you have that the PS2 recognizes (just CDs/DVDs and MCs of course).
I do have a DMS4 chip on order, maybe that's my solution and this is just something that wasn't meant to be. I was hoping to cancel that order. Who knows? It could be the fact I have a SSD installed in the PS2 that FMCB doesn't like. Always gotta be something weird like that.
Seing as your system is a fatty, I don't see why you'd be having so many problems.
Have you tried running other files besides the FMCB installer? If so, we can rule out that your system is not running them.
As I stated before, there's a dvd drive file for certain systems, I just can't recall which those are. A quick search should provide the answer to that.
I think there is simply something strange going on with your install somewhere. I'd like you to try doing a multi install and testing that card on a different system if you could. If FMCB boots up on that one, but not on yours, then the system could be the problem.
I also found that some aftermarket controllers will cause problems with some files. Also having a disc in the drive could affect booting. Try launching with no controllers plugged in and check that you have no disc in the drive.
I'm just giving you pointers as to problems and solutions I've run into in the past. If it's not one, it's the other.
But it definitely isn't your TV since when you pull the card, it boots up as normal.
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OSDSYS seems to be the culprit
OSDSYS seems to be the culprit –
I did notice something very telling. I can run all apps except OSDSYS, which always hangs the system, or stalls it when the MC is in after rebooting. Also, going into the folder where the OSD* files are, trying to run them through uLE says they are not actually ELF files, even though they are.
I tried running all other apps, and they run perfectly fine, HDLOADER runs fine, so does ESD - running OSDSYS through ESD hung the system. Is there a way to get a clean copy of the OSD stuff or any alternate ELFs for that?
I don't have access to another PS2 system to try. I can go out and buy another memory card, but now I'm more convinced it's not the MC, the HDD or the USB stick. Something about video keeps coming back. I even tried not using the hacked OSD.
How is your Noobie Pack folder set up?
Is it the only thing in your usb thumb drive when doing the install?
I'd like you to type out a map of what's on it if you could.
for example, if you were to look at my install usb, you'd see the following...
I just want to make sure you've got all the necessary files.
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Well, guess what? Before I go any further, somewhere in this forum it says (or it should say) that at least the latest FMCB does not work with 8MB Sony MCs. You must use a 3rd party card, which I did, and now which is working.
So, don't use a Sony memory card. Probably isn't big enough anyway, even though it says it only uses a little over 3MB of it. I think I read somewhere an issue with Magic Gate and FMCB, but not certain it directly applies to the problem I had.
When I set mine up, I went strictly with the instructions and left out the text files and put the actual FMCB application and the INSTALL folder in the root
of the USB drive. I'm pretty sure that's correct...but in any event it wasn't
the problem we thought it was. It was all the memory card.
I'm going out tonight and getting me a spare 32GB because I'm having to
share my game save info with the apps and FMCB. Rather keep 'em separate.
Originally Posted by TehJawknee
The latest is what we all use for the Noobie pack and it works fine on the original 8MB Sonys I've installed for (trust me, I've done well over 50 installs, so I know what I'm talking about) Maybe it was just your one card that went bad or something.
Originally Posted by ssybesma
Either way, I'm glad you got it working.
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