Question Regarding Playing PS2 Backups.
I have a few questions that I've been scouring the Internet for answers for the past few hours, to no avail. So I turn to you.
To preface, I have a DIY-hard modded PSTwo Slim, but it's not a chip. It's just a quick fix to allow me to pop open the top cover and switch out the discs. However, recently my PS2 bounces back an error message: "Unable to read disc" whenever I attempt to load any PS2 game or, even more tragically, my SwapMagic discs. I'm not sure what is causing the problem exactly, but I can't seem to resolve it. If there's a suggested troubleshooting for this problem, I'm willing to try this first.
This leads me to my next question. Is it possible to boot from a HDD without the use of the disc drive?
And a third, and unrelated question, though this is the wrong section. If I should post this in the appropriate section, just let me know and I'll make a new thread. I'm thinking about purchasing a PS3, but I'm only interested if I'm also able to play PS2 games. Obviously the new ones are no longer backwards compatible. I've read a few things about the Cobra dongle, but its limited compatibility doesn't make it seem like a viable choice. Is it possible to install a PS2 emulator (much like you would on a computer) on a Jailbroken or otherwise modded PS3?
Thanks in advance!