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If it ends up that you ARE using the correct ESR, as a LONGSHOT, you could try burning to DVD+R media instead. Some PS2s deal with different media better than others. I have a friend with a PS2 that BARELY reads DVD-Rs (not sure if it's a laser issue or what, but DVD+R media helped).
Originally Posted by Louis
BTW, if you want to keep only one copy of ESR on the PS2, you could use ESR_GUI_test2... it is basically r9b "direct", "mcard", and "direct off" rolled up into one, giving you a menu to select what to do when it starts.
To err is human. To really foul up requires a computer.
I tried again ESR beta r9b dvdv direct.elf, ESR beta r9b dvdv direct off.elf, mcard version, ESR GUI test2.elf, it had a little improvement. It flashed from blue colour, red, pink(magenta) colour, GREEN but finally black screen.
I launched the mcard version directly, I did it incorrectly, I didn't copy it to the BOOT.ELF, so it stopped at the magenta colour. I used the uLaunchElf's cdfs function to check the disc content. For the burning speed, even I chose the maximum speed rate(16x, 8X), the final average speed is around 1.5x to 2.0x ! I tried Alcohol 120% & DVDecrypter and the final speed rate is the same. I burned some backups again and it showed the playstation 2 logo only then black screen. For some good quality pirated disc, I know it is "pressed", not burned, so there is difference. I think my ps2 only can play the pressed backup disc, maybe I will try the DVD+R.
Thanks to all again
Ok then, so the problem is real. But at least we now know which elfs you used, which always matters in interpreting the results. But I'll leave the colour interpretation to ffgriever, as he is still the only expert on that subject.
Originally Posted by Louis
I don't understand what you mean. the mcard elf is never supposed to be copied to BOOT.ELF, since that would lead to an eternal loop. This elf is supposed to be stored using the original filename it came with, and when launched it will first install the ESR routines into RAM memory, and will then restart "mc0:/BOOT/BOOT.ELF" which should still remain your main boot program, and by default that will be uLaunchELF with a normal FMCB install. The intended effect is that uLaunchELF should start, but with the newly gained ability (thanks to ESR) to show contents of the patched DVDV discs.
I launched the mcard version directly, I did it incorrectly, I didn't copy it to the BOOT.ELF, so it stopped at the magenta colour.
In your original post creating this thread you did say that uLE could show contents of these discs, and now you say that the program locked up with magenta colour...
So which is it ? I'd better rephrase that as a more specific question though:
After a fresh power-on or hard reset, when you use uLaunchELF (installed as "mc0:/BOOT/BOOT.ELF") and let it launch "ESR beta r9b mcard.elf", exactly what is it that then happens ???
Btw: Please realize that once you have re-launched uLE by using "ESR beta r9b mcard.elf", you will not be able to launch any ESR elf correctly again, until after the next power-on or hard reset. Trying to do it again in the same session would lead to an internal crash of ESR. (This is not a bug, but simple usage error.)
How can you do that ?
I used the uLaunchElf's cdfs function to check the disc content.
You already stated that your modchip does not allow reading backups.
And in this post you say that the mcard ESR elf didn't work right.
So exactly how were you able to make uLE display the disc content.
I suspect we still have a communication problem here.
I think that the choice of burning program is less important than the ISO preparation. That said, I should also add that I've mostly used either Nero or ImgBurn for the disc burning, but I've always used DVD Decrypter for extracting DVD ISOs from the original discs.
For the burning speed, even I chose the maximum speed rate(16x, 8X), the final average speed is around 1.5x to 2.0x ! I tried Alcohol 120% & DVDecrypter and the final speed rate is the same. I burned some backups again and it showed the playstation 2 logo only then black screen.
For such discs there would be, but you never said 'pressed' before, so I assumed they were not. But even so, this makes no sense at all. A pressed disc is like an original disc, so it should boot without any modchip at all, provided it is of the correct region... I've never had the opportunity to try it though, as such discs are not available in my country.
For some good quality pirated disc, I know it is "pressed", not burned, so there is difference.
In that case it has no real modchip, or possibly has a loose or missed connection.
I think my ps2 only can play the pressed backup disc,
Come to think of it: If you live in a country where piracy is so rife that a large part of your game collection consists of pressed pirate discs, then it is quite likely that you bought the PS2 premodded from the same pirates. And then they have probably removed (or never installed) some of the modchip connections on purpose, to make it unable to handle burned discs. This way they ensure continued sales of their own pressed pirate discs, since their customers can't copy them for sharing/trading with friends.
Well, it can't hurt trying, except for the disc cost, which isn't very much.
maybe I will try the DVD+R.
But I really don't expect that to make any real difference.
Assuming that you really have prepared ISOs correctly and burned them well to discs, it's beginning to look like it's really your modchip that interferes with your ESR booting. Then your next priority should be to try finding some way to boot with that chip disabled.
Btw: You have said several times that you can see the disc contents in uLE, though I'm still not sure how you made that happen. But when you are watching the contents in the browser this way, there is an alternative method of booting the disc through uLE.
For this method you just move the browser highlight cursor to the filename identical to the game ID code (eg: "SLPS_250.26" for 'FFX International') and launch that file as if it were a normal elf file (which it really is). This should start the game, although not all games are fully compatible with this method.
I suggest you try this and report results of that test in detail.
(Including whether or not you see any ESR colour flashes.)
Best regards: dlanor
I am pretty new at this. but I have read quite a few tutorials on this and the for the most part I got everything I think where it is suppose to be. However my problen lies in the fact that when i load ESR I dont even get colors.
I have a SCPH 30000 fat ps2, using ESR beta9b with free mcboot 1.7. I took my images and patched them with the ESR Patcher tool. Then I start up the ps2 without the game in yet and load up ulauncher then esr, push the tray in and nothing happens after the esr splash screen.
Now I have tried each of the 3 esr files, and I have burned my images at max speed, maybe i should lower it just a bit. I use both +/- dvdr's. One being TDK and the other Memorex. I have never had a problem with these on a slim or a fat.
SO I am not quite sure what I am not doing that it wont boot the game or show colors. I have looked at the compatibility list and most the games I have a re compatible. Any help would be appreciated. Btw it is an unmodded ps2. thanks
did you just try to boot with the disc in the tray before loading ESR? also you can edit the cnf to autoboot the ESR patched disc without needing to load ULE to load ESR.
Originally Posted by souljunkie31