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All-Encompassing PS2 FAQ
All-Encompassing PS2 FAQ –
I've started drafting an all-encompassing PS2 FAQ. I figure it would really help out these forums and cut down on a whole bunch of questions that get asked over and over again.
I would like your help, though. I am by no means the expert on any of this so I'm going to need your help. Due credit will be given, of course.
I will revise this post as I get feedback and contributions from y'all.
Here's what I have so far:
Q: Why should I get a PS2 over an XBox?
A: Well, we're not anti-XBox. You should get a PS2 if you like all the games that it has to offer. I think plenty of people here have both an XBox and a PS2.
Q: What's the best place to buy a PS2 for cheap?
Q: What versions of PS2 are there and how do they differ?
Q: What version PS2 should I get?
Q: What modchip should I get?
Q: How do I install a modchip?
A: If you're asking this question, then you probably should let someone else install it. Please. You'll save yourself a whole lot of time, frustration, and money.
Q: How do I backup my game?
Q: Why won't my CD-R burn work?
A: It was probably burned as a MODE1 disc. The PS2 will only play MODE2 CD-Rs. Make sure to use the .cue file that came with the .bin image file.
Q: Why does my PS2 stop right after the Playstation 2 logo?
A: If you're playing a backup game using a DMS3 modchip, try the following: Make sure there's no disc inserted when the PS2 turns on or comes out of standby. The easiest way to do this is to press the Eject button to take it out of standby. Insert the disc and press Eject to close the tray. The game should run fine now. This is a known bug. (If you are using a CD-R, make sure it was burned as a MODE2 disc.)
Q: How do I get Code Breaker to work with my modchip?
A: Code Breaker 7.0 was the last version to work with the DMS3. Nobody has a solution yet. We're *hoping* the next DMS3 firmware upgrade will fix this.
Q: Is there a difference in video quality between composite and S-video?
A: Oh definitely. S-video is much, much crisper. This is more noticeable on LCD screens and HDTV.
Q: Why does my DVD movie fade in and out?
A: It's Macrovision protection.
Q: How do I disable Macrovision protection?
Q: How come the game is in black and white and the image is scrolling?
A: You're probably trying to play a PAL game on an NTSC machine.
Q: What's NTSC? What's PAL?
A: No technical explanation will be given here, suffice to say that NTSC is the television video signal standard used by the United States and Japan whereas PAL is the standard used by the rest of the world.
Q: Why won't my USB device light up when I plug it into the PS2?
A: The USB device will only activate if you are playing a game that directly supports it. Try playing Silent Scope 2 or Silent Scope 3 with a mouse!
Q: How do I install a hard disk drive (HDD) into my PS2?
A: You'll need the official Sony network adapter, and a fairly new hard-drive. The official Sony hard-drive is 40GB, but some users say they've gotten other sizes to work. Just plug your hard-drive into the network adapter before installing the network adapter into the back of your PS2.
Q: What good does an HDD do me?
Q: How do I install or load games onto the HDD?
Q: How do I install music (MP3s) onto the HDD?
A: You can't.
Q: How do I use the HDD as a memory card for my saves?
A: You can't, unless the game directly supports the HDD.