Yepp, I also had one of those SM-Versions, which black-screened.
I'm not sure if that was because no disc was detected in drive, or what...
Aaahh,... No need to be sorry so much.
We all make mistakes now and then.
But really: Look at freemcboot.info
Right under the 'Installation'-Tab, the first method is about AR-Max with Media-Player, including tips when it black-screens with an specific ELF.
--> AR Max
PS2 V7/DMS3 V2 (FW:2.4b7); Seagate Baracuda 200GB
PS2 V7/CC1.0 (FW:34 hacked v2 BM:2.1.6); Maxtor DiamondMAX9 PLUS 160GB
PS2 SCPH-30004R; NoMod+NoLaser
3xSony MC 8MB
MAX/Datel 16MB with Boot-CD
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