I'm new and the first thing I'd like to say is hello und thx for that grat board!
The next thing affects the swap trick - a very tricky thing imo.
(only btw, I'm currently working to get MC Boot working with uLaunchELF and the swap trick on my PS2 SCPH-70004 v12 PAL with MGS3:SE)
I read the whole last week through nearly every thread and every tutorial in this forum and many others! It is really confusing, because there are many things that are not mentioned in any tutorial!
I hope you can answer at least a few of my questions clearly, maybe it's interesting for others who also got stuck at the swap trick, or just a collection of facts that are not in tutorials.
Is it true, that later versions of the PS2 slim (especially > v7) have additional built-in disc checks which can cause problems reading the modified disc with the modified *.elf?
Is it true, that PS2 games after 2001 have also additional built-in disc checks which can cause the same problems?
Is it necessary to use an original 8 MB Sony Memory Card? I have read in one thread that other non-original MCs can cause also problems!
Is it necessary to patch the modified game image (with Memento Disc Patcher) before swapping?
I have also read, that the File Size of the *.elf is also very important, some say if the modified *.elf is greater than the original one, it doesn't work, others say the opposite. So what's the truth about the File Size?
For games where you substitute the NTGUI.ELF, does the network cable has to be plugged in?
I know, a lot of questions, but thank you in anticipation!
So far, merry christmas!
Maybe it's easier to help me directly with my problem
As above mentioned, I'm currently stuck with booting uLaunchELF with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The game is proven to work, so it's even more confusing why it doesnt work.
I know you read this in nearly every thread, but i really followed every step from the FCMB guide .
I burned the modified iso to already 5 or 6 Verbatims, with different speed, different versions of uLaunchELF, etc.
I start the original game, swap at main menu, go to special, camouflage download (which normally should start the NETDOWN.ELF), but after a few seconds i get the famous Red Screen of Death which tells me to insert an original game.
I read that if I get this screen, the game checks for a valid disc and so I read about the double-swap-thing. I tried this (swapped quickly back to the original after chosing camouflage download, and then another time to the burned disk, but then it moves on, and the screen for downloading appears.
So i guess i swapped at the right time to avoid the disk check, but then it doesnt load the uLaunchELF but the normal download screen.
I tried it also with Need for Speed: Underground 2 and Fifa 2004, same thing but it keeps showing me only the Red Screen.
Any more ideas?