start out step by step,
Q1. how can i add jpeg pics to my game icons in OPL?
A1. there is a thread in the OPL sub-forum specifically dedicated to your question.
Q2. how can i make a digital copy from my original game disc? how can i play it on my PS2? what dvd media can i use and at what speed do i burn it? what game loaders are there for me to pick from?
A2. search the PS2 game back-up sub-forum. also do a keyword search for ESR.
Q3. can i play back up games on a slim PStwo v18 (scph-9xxxx) with a later date code than 8C?
A3. fmcb (homebrew program loader) is not compatible with the v18 slim PStwo that has a date code later than 8C (check your date code on the black sticker). v18/8C PStwo has the bios v2.30 which blocks total access to fmcb. you basically need a method to load homebrew in order to run back-ups games ect. fmcb, swap magic, mod chip, and the swap trick are the only methods to do so.
PS1/SCPH-7501 | MM3 modchip
PS2 v9 | 250GB hdd | PS3 component cable | katana 32mb mc
PS3/CECH-2001B | 250GB hdd | 3.65 ofw