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PS2 HDD Support –
I was just wondering if there are any homebrew apps that are able to read/write to an IDE hard drive placed in the PS2 expansion bay. A program that could boot games from a hard drive would be insanely cool. Or an app that could boot a game off of a PC running some sort of file server would be just as good. Possibly a mod-chip that'll translate CD/DVD controller requests to use the hard drive instead. Hopefully someone can do this. I'd attempt the software myself but I'm too lazy and would like to just see it done and download it. Any thoughts out there?
A program that could boot games from a hard drive would be insanely cool. Or an app that could boot a game off of a PC running some sort of file server would be just as good. Possibly a mod-chip that'll translate CD/DVD controller requests to use the hard drive instead <<<<<< If we cud do this now, no one would have modchips :P
We would need the mod-chip to boot the magical software that would read the hd or connect to the pc. Just as the x-box needs a mod-chip.
no, the way I know it can be doesnt need the use of a modchip
I don't think I understand what you're saying. How do you boot a homebrew app on the PS2 without a mod-chip?
So by using the card swap trick and booting off the hd, nobody would want a mod-chip? I would still think that there'd be a market for mod-chips because they're easier to use, not to mention faster. But back to my original thought, with the linux kit already out, I find it hard to believe that someone hasn't been able to port the software (or drivers) for that into a usable standalone format. If not for booting games, then at least for booting homebrew apps like DMS does with the memory card. People have hacked and cracked more complicated software than this. Granted, I know nothing about the linux kit and how it works, but someone should.
IF QCast (http://www.broadq.com) can load and play media files via the network adapter, couldn't someone figure out a way to have the PS2 look to a network drive mapped off a PC, rather than its own DVD drive?
You could use Nero Imagedrive, CloneCD's Virtual drive, or Alcohol 52% to mimic a real CD/DVD drive, and presto! No DVDR burner needed. C'mon you tekkheads, I know you can do it!
Exactly hevvy_d! Even homebrew shit like ps2reality and those link loader dealies are able to load files from the pc's hd. How far can we be from a simple loader that'll boot from the hd? That's a good idea though, to just access a disc image like it was reading it from it's own drive. That would kick ass.
I wonder how much faster/slower it will be. (I say 'will' because it is GOING TO HAPPEN)
But, is the network adapter faster or slower than the DVD Drive in the PS2?