Alright before I start, I'm a member of several other forums (non-PS2 related) and I recognize how annoying newbie questions can be, although I underestimated the difficulty of actually finding what I'm looking for, and it has added much confusion and ambiguity from what different people are saying, so answers will most definitely be helpful.
What I have: PS2, 5002 model + Network Adaptor (on my network) + Memory Card + old PSone game software (Final Fantasy VII PAL, Guardian's Crusade PAL) (note: As for a hard drive, I plan on getting one this week, I just thought I should sus everything out first)
Goals: To successfully run and install homebrew software without using swapmagic, usb pen drive or modchip.
Anyways, questions are..
1. is the MC Exploit, PSOne disc exploit and independence exploit all the same thing? if not, could someone please list the differences, and basically give me the jist of what other exploits are?
2. What will the Knife Trick allow me to do, and how can I do it? Will I HAVE to do it everytime I want to run a piece of homebrew software, even if it's installed to the hard disk?
3. PSOne Game + Knife Trick + CD with exploit installed? Or piece of homebrew software? = success?
4. This question'll undoubtedly piss a few people off. But does hdloader run without the disc? I want to install a backup copy first (considering after buying my hdd my funds will be depleted)
and as much of a fan I am of open-source free software, I'd like to try both HDAdvance and HDLoader before I decide which I'd like to buy, starting with hdloader because that's what I have the most information on. But yeah, does HDLoader install itself to the hard disk, or does the software stay on the disc, and just run whenever you put it in? If so, how can I change that?
Rest assured, I do plan on buying one of them, but my impatience is killing me
That's all the questions I have now, MUCH THANKS to anyone and everyone who can provide some clear insight on this subject