I'm new to PS2 modding and soft-modding in general (I hard-modded my Wii, scared of bricking it). I'm in the process of acquiring the necessary tools/components to mod my fat PS2 to FCMB using Action Replay MAX (not bought yet), PS2 network adaptor (not bought yet, watching on eBay) and an IDE HDD (purchased, in post). What I want to know is;
a) Once I've installed FCMB and configured it etc. will I need the Action Replay disc still or has it fulfilled it's usefulness?
b) Will my PS2 use the laser at all and does a disc need to be present in the drive at all?
c) Other than loading back-ups from HDD, what other cool things will my PS2 be able to do?
Thanks in advance for your contributions.