I really don't know which way to go at this point. I've looked around for every bit of information I can find, and yet I still don't have a complete answer. I will try to be as clear and concise as I explain myself, so please bear with me.
I'm interested in playing original PSX imports off of my American PS2. However, the region coding for my games is NTSC-J as opposed to PAL. Various sources here and there advise to use a swapping method in conjunction with Gameshark, but I've yet to achieve success with this.
To clarify, I should mention that the games in which I'm trying to play are the original "Dance Dance Revolution" series (1st through 5thMIX) for the Japanese PlayStation. Everything works well with the Gameshark-swap method up until the point when the game reads the memory card. I can tell it successfully loads the system data from the memory card (as the message is the same as the American version), but then I get slammed with big "no" sign along with a message in Japanese that I don't understand.
What's interesting to point out is that prior to purchasing all of the original discs, I had a single copy of a burned 5thMIX in my possession. Ironically, THAT disc works perfectly with the Gameshark-swap method. I then proceeded to burn my original 5thMIX disc and test THAT copy against my old one, but I was greeted with the same error message after the memory card load screen.
I have no idea what the difference between the two burned copies could be, only that one plays with the Gameshark-swap method, and the other doesn't. Furthermore, when I place the old copy into my computer drive, no files are read on the disc all at!
I've since succeeded in softmodding my Fat PS2 with FMCB installing both Cogswap and and Zoneloader, and yet I'm still unable to play my original PSX imports.
Might any of you know how to fix this situation? Is there an .ELF file in existence that disables the region coding in my PS2? Or is there a way that I can patch my burned copies to play correctly like my old copy of 5thMIX? Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all very much.