I know the MC Exploit makes use of a PS1 disc for booting needs. My main question though is how 'alive' must the lens reader be to get far enough to boot the elf?
My PS2 is a v3, so i'm getting worried that she's close to losing her ability to read CDs / DVDs. Using the HDLoader seems like a great alternative, being able to still play games even without a working lens. But will the lens still have to be in good shape in order to 'boot' the exploit?