I'm sure someone here has said this before somewhere(the fix, not the story), but I just though I'd bring it up.
Anyway, so my PS2 hasn't been reading PSX discs in a very long time. It absolutely refused to read them(I'm talking original discs, some near mint condition). So basically, I was just waiting on either a PS1 emu for PS2 to load from the hard drive, or for SCEA to actually try to get some games in the PS Store for PS3.
I tried looking high and low for a solution before, but nothing worked. But I just wanted to play some FFT today(after playing around with FFTPatcher), so I looked again. And I seen a solution that I thought was a joke, but I was desperate, so I tried it out.
So here I am, feeling like an idiot, putting electrical tape on my FFT disc. The goal of it was to make the disc heavier, because according to the person who posted it, the PS2 spins PS1 games faster then it's supposed to. And it made sense to me that if the laser was weak that it wouldn't be able to read it properly.
I put the disc in the tray, attempt to load the disc, and BAM!!! It actually freaking worked. So I thought, maybe it's luck, it worked before one time(without tape) then froze after I loaded my save. After 5 battles, and going through most of the menus, it didn't freeze up. I thought, great, but how about I load it up again? I turn off the PS2, eject the disc, then put it back in and load it up. BAM!!! It works again, played a battle, didn't freeze. Tried it one more time, BAM!!!
I'm still in shock that the solution was this simple.
So I also thought, why not put some tape on a backup copy. It didn't work, but it didn't make that sound like it was stressing the PS2, and actually loaded up the PSX screen(mostly red PS logo), but not the game.
I heard someone managed to get backups working on a V7, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. The method I used was putting in the original FFT, loading up ULE to stop the disc, swap for a backup of FFT, then load up the browser and start the game from there. I'm more interested in getting a backup working so I can play my modified versions of FFT on the PS2, not sure if it's possible though... Or if my laser that would barely play original discs would even begin to try to play backup discs...
To be continued...