HI, I am totally new to the PS2 scene, and have just ordered a PS2 off ebay, I dont know what model it is as it hasnt arrived yet.
Anyway, I have tried to red up on installing a softod (or MC exploit as it seems to be referred to on the PS2 :>), and have been a bit overwhelmed by the amont of informatiopn (some conflicting) available on the internet. I have managed to pick up the general idea though, and think I know which exploit would suit my needs (The Free Mcboot MC exploit). I didnt really properly understand some other methods, but what I want to do is play backups off DVD-r, and it would be nice to be able to use homebrew & Emulators too. As such I have a few questions that would clarify a few things for me. :>
1.) Can an unmodded (no softmod (MC Exploit) or no modchip) PS2 read an ESR-patched backup ? Or do you at least need to install a MC exploit ?
2.) I have been looking on ebay and similar places for AR Max Evo or Codebreaker (which I believe is what needed to install a MC Exploit), but cant seem to locate them anywhere. I have found a place to get swap magic from, but would prefer the Free McBoot method, as it seems easier to me. So my other question is, what is the easiest (and cheapest, as I've just been made redundant) way to install the free McBoot or similar MC exploit to my PS2 memory card, so I can use backups (My main goal atm), Homebrew & Emulators ? And also, a link to buying the preferred option (I am in the UK) would be great.
3.) Can an unmodded PS2 access the internet without extra hardware ? And does it have wireless capabilities or do you need to connect it to a router via ethernet cable ?
Thanks for any info given, I am really looking forward to playing the PS2 games that I have heard are great (Shadow of the Colossus, Go of War, Final Fantasy etc) :>
P.s. If this is in the wrong forum, I apologise in advance.