There are other methods for your AR available:
1. Create the PS1-Exploit and install FMCB from a FAT PS2 of the same region, or if you even have a FAT PS2 you can do it on your own.
2. The 'Use AR-MAX to cheat itself'-method.
Btw.: Yes, there seem to be EVO-Versions, which do not include the Mediaplayer.
PS2 V7/DMS3 V2 (FW:2.4b7); Seagate Baracuda 200GB
PS2 V7/CC1.0 (FW:34 hacked v2 BM:2.1.6); Maxtor DiamondMAX9 PLUS 160GB
PS2 SCPH-30004R; NoMod+NoLaser
3xSony MC 8MB
MAX/Datel 16MB with Boot-CD
Custom FMCB 1.8b+ Beta-Build, my AIO 0.5, Sony&xRhino-Linux