So - I finally treated myself to a PS/2 (model scph-79003), and was looking forward to running some psx and ps2 demos on it (check hhttp://pouet.net/prod.php?which=7445 for an example)
(for information - these are fully public domain, and freely distributable.)
Only - I find I cant - because they'll all be on cd-rs, and looking online for solutions has left me confused.com
Ive seen a number of possible solutions, and am not sure which one would work for both ps1 and ps2 disks, or whether I need a combination.
1 - get it chipped - but I dont know who does it in norwich/uk - a few places online say they no longer do this because its illegal (I suck for wanting to view perfectly legal software)
2 - splatter the sensors with electrical tape / bits of tissue paper etc, then swap the disk while its spinning.
3 - swap magic + the "magic switch".
4 - a memor32 card (probably with memento or free mcboot) - would either of these work? (have seen youtube vids showing just the card inserted, and loading a backup game), oh - and I have seen that theres a problem with some new PS2 bioses...)
5 - use one of the volunteer installers to get free mcboot (but I believe that won't work with ps1 stuff).
6 - use an emulator on my pc!
Why on earth does it have to be so hard??
Any other ideas?