Hello, I'm having one very specific problem and can't seem to find the answer on this, or any other forum. I'll be as specific as I can, and apologise if this HAS been covered elsewhere. It's my first post, and it's an annoying help request I'm afraid...
My setup is a Fat PAL PS2, SCPH30003 with a busted laser. It has freeMcBoot installed, with HDLoader 0.8c, and OPL 0.8 amongst other apps. I play all my games via internal HDD connected with an ethernet adapter (Maxtor Diamond Max 120GB) I formattted the HDD with WinHIIP (full format) originally.
I play all my games via OPL, and only one via HDL (eyetoy play 2) so am very familiar with all the settings, how to install titles, manage my HDD etc...
The one game I am having major traumas with is PAL Burnout 3 Takedown (SLES_525.84). Every time I get past all the intro splash screens and opening video the title screen hangs and won't let me go any further. I have read about and tried running via HDL with MODE 3 enabled with no joy. OPL with any options tried won't run the game either.
I have acquired my nephew's Fat PAL PS2, SCPH 39003 which reads discs excellently, so I tried the actual game disc in this and got past the title screen once, loaded a profile and tried to start a game, when it froze (urrgh!)
I cleaned the disc, which had light scratches only (using my own tried and tested method of Brasso metal polish and a drill bit cleaner I made which ALWAYS works with discs), hoovered out the PS2 and tried again - now I get the same problems as I do when running the game via HDD as above. It hangs after the intro screen, and I can hear the lens unit moving back and forth and generally struggling.
I decided to use the ESR route, I had massive problems isolating the ISO - any program (all free, I'm a tight arse) I tried would get 2/3 through copying and give up. Eventually I discovered I could get the ISO from the HDD via WinHIIP. I patched it with ESR disc patcher GUI v0.24a, first tried a Memorex DVD+RW which would be detected by ESR correctly, but not load past the GUI (black screen).
I did the same again, but with a cheap no brand DVD+R, and the game loaded well and read without difficulty but froze up as above after the intro, without the lens making any kind of struggling noises this time.
So: I'm thinking I have a bad original disc in the first place, is this likely to be the problem? I'm thinking this because every option I try results in exactly the same problem, so it seems logical to me that the difficulties I'm having are coming from the actual disc.
I'm going to try a new bought copy of the game next, but before shelling out I'd appreciate any help from those more knowledgable than I, to see if there's a problem with my process as outlined above.
Apologies for the length of this post, but I'm trying to be specific and not miss anything out, and if it's been covered before then I'm sorry for that too.
Many thanks for reading, and all the best.