If you want to play your original Japanese games, I know no way which doesn't need swapping, or re-burning it as an ESR-Disc.
Originally Posted by RagingAvatar
So,... You need either an original PS2-Disc to swap with, or you use FMCB+ESR.
I'm not sure, what you meant about the "protected areas of the memory card", but if you can run the PSX-Exploit you can install FMCB (no need for a PSX-Disc, to trigger anymore) + ESR (reburn your japanese original as an ESR-Disc/patched Disc and run it with FMCB and you're fine, I think.)
I have a PS2 Linux kit also, so I have a method of being able to easily copy data into the protected areas of the memory card - so I can implement the Independence Day exploit..
If you don't wanna mess with the slide-s...tuff, just use ESR to boot your backups and FMCB to boot Homebrew from MC, without anything additional (or with USB-Stick, if wanted).
But once I get to that stage I have no idea what to do..
What apps do I need?
Am I best running the imported game from the hard drive? (I don't really want to do slide card tricks)
Using an HDD is a good choice for preserving your laser-quality.
Most games run flawlessly from an internal HD.
Those which don't run, might with ESR directly from the DVD-Drive.
If I remember right you could, without re-formating, but I don't know about your Linux. :-/
If I am to run it from the hdd - can I use the official PS2 hdd (with Final Fantasy XI on it) without formatting it?
I know, that it is possible to have both on HD, but it's a bit long-winded process.
-You need to dump your Linux-Partition, to a binary image (usually over LAN).
-Then format the HD (just use WinHIIP)
[-create all partitions you need/want (equal if "__", or "+")]
-About the partition-image,... Dump it back to your PS2-HD
Don't know about your "Final Fantasy XI".
I hope I could help ya a bit and you'll find more info on the net.
I could really use your help, in absolute n00b language
Thanks in advance
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