Well, one way to end it, if you truly can't succeed on your own, is to make use of the free install service instead. It will cost you postage and packing for a two-way trip of your MCs, but that's all.
Originally Posted by Kamikaze
I'm not sure how suitable those two games are for the elf replacement method of booting, but I do know that some games differ in such abilities for different regional releases. So unless you use exactly the same release of a game as described in a success report for such installing, it might be that your regional version lacks that ability.
For the past 24 hours I've been trying to put FREE_MCBOOT on my memory card, for use with my PS2 slim. I've had no success, and would like to ask a few questions.
Is it possible, under the following curcumstances, for me to install FMCB on my Memory Card?
- PS2 Slim w/ Blocked sensors
- Memory Card
- Original ps2 discs SOCOM II, and Ratchet Deadlocked
- Blank DVD-R
- USB Stick
So all 'simpler' methods of homebrew booting are out then.
I do not have:
- Swap Magic, Action Replay, Gameshark, etc.
This is not what I would recommend. Daemon Tools is excellent for its main purpose (virtual disc mounting) and I use it for that all the time, but I have never used it for ISO extraction, and I would not fully trust it to deal correctly with playstation discs, knowing that it is a 100% PC-oriented tool.
I've been following This Guide, and have taken these steps so far:
1) Created Image of Socom II with Daemon Tools
. (Disc Imaging/Save as type/.iso/Speed 12X)
I never use these methods myself, so someone who does should clarify that issue.
2) Used Apache to change the "Size" of, and replace SCUSNGUI.ELF with appropriately renamed Ulaunch.Elf.
If you have "DVD Decrypter", which is the best DVD ISO extractor in existence, then why did you use another tool to extract the ISO above ?
3) Burned "Updated" Image to DVD-R with DVD Decrypter at 4x.
I'm not saying that Daemon Tools did anything wrong there, but only that I trust "DVD Decrypter" a lot more when it comes to its specialty of DVD ISO extraction. Burning discs was just a 'useful afterthought' for that program. And I really recommend its descendant ImgBurn for burning the discs instead.
This is fine except that you don't mention using FAT32 format, which is a must.
4) Dowloaded "Free McBoot Noobie Package" and placed extracted files on USB Stick.
But in any case you never got around to trying this stuff as the disc boot failed.
Several factors can contribute to such failure. One of them is that some of the games used require very specific timing of the disc swap both for its starting point and for the total time taken to complete it. (And sorry, but I have no details on it.) Another factor is that you might not have your sensors perfectly modded. The number of sensor points differ for different PSTwo models, so you may need to doublecheck that you used the correct guide for your model.
Although the problem likely lies in the above steps or project requirements, I continued with the following steps:
- Inserted USB stick (w/ FREE_MCBOOT.ELF and INSTALL folder) in PS2 Slim
- Inserted original Socom II disc.
- Powered up PS2 Slim.
- At the main menu, as suggested, swapped spinning disc with "Updated" backup. (Using the sensor blocking technique.)
- Selected "LAN", and on next screen, selected "Edit Network Configuration" in order to boot uLaunch.ELF...
...And then read "Please insert a Playstation 2 Format Disc." on that scary red screen.
Another way to test this is of course by testing if you can use 'cogswap' methods to start a straight unchanged game backup, by swapping it in to replace an original for another game. (Using the same game could give confusing results.)
In principle yes, since others have done it with similar equipment. But I'm not sure about your game releases, since others have reported both success and total failures for different regional releases of some games.
I've experienced the same results with Ratchet Deadlocked and "NTGUI.ELF", but the backup disc was gouged by the spinning Disc Drive as I was swapping. I plan on trying "Ratchet" once more, for that reason.
Am I just a fool, or is there any way to get this working?
That's hard to say, but Daemon Tools is very much focused on the needs of a PC, so I would not rely on it for extracting console games. "DVD Decrypter" was always intended as a generic tool, and if it focuses on any particular 'branch' of DVD usage that would be the DVD-Video format, as one of its main purposes was to allow copying of such. But the main point here is that it is NOT overly focused on how the DVD-ROM format is used for PCs, but instead uses a more generic approach.
- Did I fail by using Daemon Tools? (Same imaging process as ImgBurn or DVD Decrypter I would assume)
The simple fact is that I have never ever failed to use a backup ISO made by "DVD Decrypter", and this is the only tool of its kind I can say that about.
No. Doing so would be pointless before you have a way of launching the ESR program.
- Do I have to "Patch" the "Updated" backup image with ESR Disc Patcher or something similar?
When using the disc-swap method to launch a backup it should always be un-patched (at least ESR-wise).
It can do the job, sure, but for burning I prefer its descendant ImgBurn instead.
- Is DVD Decrypter the only program I need for reading/writing .iso's?
Since both are freeware it's not going to cost you anything, either way.
I have over a hundred DVD-R backup discs used for my SCPH-77004 and SCPH-90004 (European PSTwo models v15 and v18), and that has always worked fine.
- Should I have used DVD+R instead?
I saw nothing wrong here, so don't worry about it.
Thanks for reading, and sorry if anything mentioned is out of line with rules.
Best regards: dlanor