You don't have to worry about SM3 wearing out certain parts of your PS2... under normal usage... it doesn't.
Thanks for all the help guys, now I'm just waiting for my SM3C to arrive to get me started.
In fact, it may make your console last longer as it doesn't tamper with the electrical signals used by the Mechacon (Drive mechanics controller) that may cause strain on certain parts of your console (Whether this really happens depends on your console model, how well you installed the modchip, the quality of the wires used and the modchip installed).
I assume that you've gotten (Or have already ordered) a "Magic Switch" set for your console (To jam the PS2's case sensors)?
SMB is not a real alternative to using USB drives!!
As for video stutter, the developers are working on a way to fix it so you can play the games from smb (samba share network instead of usb) with little to no stutter. It's just as fast as the dvd, but since they're still working on function, the video has to wait for now.
For people like me who (For whatever reason) cannot acquire a drive for SMB operations (Or can't connect their PS2 to their network), USB is the only option.
I thought that OPL's SMB streaming speeds across SMB were already sufficient to play games without stutter in their videos?
I am only aware that the performance of video playback of some of my games in OPL v0.6 isn't so good when using USB devices.... as I had only found that out recently (Because I finally managed to get it working with my HDD).
Newer modchips support this console.
Hi Modschips from what i've seen don't work on the newest model ps2 slims, for this to work i would reccomend a 7000 series.
Swapmagic (At least for the late versions, I don't know about older, pre-3.6 SM versions) will stop the DVD drive for you, and allow you to safely swap your discs.
One HUGE difference between SwapMagic launching of backup DVD-R discs and that of ESR, is that ESR allows the discs to be replaced in normal fashion, while the disc is stopped and with the console aware of this disc change, while SwapMagic methods rely on making the console not aware of any disc changes, forcing you to swap discs while spinning (bad for both discs and drives), and messing up disc recognition of disc changes that you do need the console to notice. (Long sentence that... ) That is why running games through ESR is superior, even on a console where you boot through SwapMagic.
No risk of wearing your hardware out is present here.
The disc recognition is usually not messed up here as the Mechacon would have already "believed" that backup disc you've inserted is actually a legit disc of the correct type it's supposed to be (The Mechacon would have set the laser to read DVDs or CDs depending on whether you inserted the CD or DVD version of SM).
If the disc recognition was really messed up, your laser won't and can't read the disc (And the rotor would be spinning at obviously incorrect speeds).
You can see what I mean if you insert the CD version of SM and try to boot a DVD game with it. The Mechacon won't attempt to re-detect the disc type.. and you'll only see the PS2 struggle to try to read something it can't possibly read (With the disc type the laser was set to).
I know that my explanation isn't too clear here for some people... but basically I'm trying to say is that SM isn't quite full of faults as stated by several posters in this thread.
In fact, it's quite comparable to ESR, but require you to jam the PS2's case sensors (ESR uses a software approach to "trick" the Mechacon and the game into allowing you to play from a DVD video format disc).
The PSX loader you speak of does NOT work on slimlines!! Even on FAT PS2s, your console must be older than a v9, and you must have a legit PS1 disc that can run on your console without a modchip.
I don't know about running PS1 backups, but I think there's a PSX loader elf that allows you to do that, too.
The only option would be to use a modchip that allows you to boot your PS1 games.
EDIT: I think that I'm wrong about the above... you need a v9-v15 (Will newer ones work?) PS2... and this won't work on a console that's a pre-v9.
Last edited by SP193; 05-20-2010 at 07:28 AM.
Unmodified SCPH-77006 with SM 3.6
SCPH-39006 with M-chip modchip, SCPH-10281 NA and refurb Seagate 80GB HDD
SCPH-10000 v1.00 with SCPH-10190 PCMCIA NA and SCPH-20400 HDD unit