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Softmod - LAN Modding? Slim Modding?
Softmod - LAN Modding? Slim Modding? –
Ok guys , New to the forums here , also new to PSX/2 Modding. And ive got a couple of dealios that need some attention diving into them.
I have 2 PS2's , Both considerably old , One ALOT older than the other. Also one i use for spares for another. Lets get the Model numbers out.
1. PHAT PS2 - SCPH-30003 ( Spares and repairs PHAT 30003 Also with that )
2. Slim V16 * I think * SCPH-700003
Now the PHAT has been majorly gutted , Its silver and black due to some major case overhauling i did back on the release , The main thing i want to do to this is make it accept Backup games. Im not to bothered about Hardmodding or Softmodding either way is fine , Only problem is im from the UK so parts seem to be few and far between.
The Slim is the main breadwinner atm , it only plays my FF Games due to the loading times and the fact it seems to play a heck of a lot better. Now im wondering on softmodding this baby now im a complete and utter tool , Xbox's and 360's Im use to flashing the drives , But this is defninitely not the case here.
So what im trying to say is ,
1. What chip for the PHAT? And where from?
2. LAN Softmodding? Now ive heard this is very possible , using the PC HDD as the PS2's HDD and using a HDLoader. Where can i find a guide on this?
3. General softmodding on the SLIM , Im sure its possible to softmod this , maybe using FCMB?
Now bear in mind i DO NOT want any disc swapping crud , Im not damamging the rare discs i own ^ The basis for soft modding is that exact reason. My Original Final Fantasy Discs are getting worn , and i want to back them up so i dont have to get any more of a 'used' state to them.
Any pointers would be lushious , Im a complete tool to the PS2 mod scene.
You don't need any modchip at all really, but only the softmod known as FMCB == Free MC Boot.
This works equally well for both of the PS2 models you have.
You'll find a separate subforum dedicated to FMCB inside the forum for Homebrew/Dev stuff.
As for running backup games, there have been various commercial ventures like HDLoader and USBAdvance, but they are all obsoleted by the newest homebrew developments.
First we have ESR, which is a method for booting burned DVD-R backups even on a console without any hardware mods at all, and the ESR program is included with every normal FMCB installation.
Then we have OPL == "Open PS2 Loader", which is the most recent development. It is an open source project with many participants, still undergoing intense development. It's current beta version has already replaced all previous game loaders (apart from ESR) using non-disc storage for games, and can directly replace them for use of already installed game collections both of the HDLoader and of the USBAdvance kind, but with greater compatibility and improved features.
OPL can also be used to run games over LAN from a fileshare stored on a PC or NAS unit. Such games currently use an installation method identical to that of USBAdvance, with the difference that installation doesn't need to target a USB drive, but can be done to any folder that is to be used as the fileshare for OPL. Running games over LAN this way allows operation at closer to normal DVD speed (the PS2 DVD drive normally uses 2X DVD speed), which has never been possible with USB due to the slow USB 1.1 interface of the PS2.
You'll find additional information about OPL too inside the Homebrew/Dev forum.
Btw: If your slim console is an SCPH-70003, then it is really a UK v12/v13 model.
Best regards: dlanor
Ahh so it seems , the 70003 , is actually the UK version of a V12? Shocking to think i was having it down as a V16 , which seem to be the most unmoddable versions of a PS2 ive researched.
Originally Posted by dlanor
Now Dlanor , ive seen your name floating about on ALOT of the posts around here , so i feel like you know your shizzle when it comes to modding / homebrewing the Playstation needs. So im going to put this simply to you , Which modding technique woud be most viable , And require the least parts that are hard to source. For example the 1.00 Codebreaker disc , Is so hard to find i actually gave up!. Im mainly only looking to backup current Final Fantasies and i am NOT willing to use 'swapdisc' methods in all honesty , due to how bad it can mess the drives.
Im tempted ot take the FMCB install , But i have noticed there a few and far between UK installers around. Which does deter me a little. Preferably i would LOVE to be using a HDD to store the games , as it saves on DVD-R's as i already have a few spare compatible drives. Ranging from 80 - 250GB in space.
Thanks for the reply though , its opened up a whole lot of ideas on my part
SCPH-700xx is the product code for both v12 and v13. v14 is 750xx and v15 is 770xx. I believe that v16 would be 780xx or 790xx, though I'm not very sure of those models, never having met them in real life.
Originally Posted by Hazeno
But the troublesome model for softmods is definitely SCPH-900xx with a datecode of 8C or later, regardles of what vXX designation we use for it.
Well, I have been active on this site for quite some time now, as implied by my post count too, so I do have a fairly good idea of most PS2-related issues. But I must also admit that I never got involved with hardware modding of this console. The only modchipped PS2 I have was already modded when I got it.
Now Dlanor , ive seen your name floating about on ALOT of the posts around here , so i feel like you know your shizzle when it comes to modding / homebrewing the Playstation needs.
Without a doubt that would be to use the FMCB installer volunteer service.
So im going to put this simply to you , Which modding technique woud be most viable , And require the least parts that are hard to source.
I agree completely with avoidance of so-called 'disc-swapping' for the same reason you stated.
For example the 1.00 Codebreaker disc , Is so hard to find i actually gave up!. Im mainly only looking to backup current Final Fantasies and i am NOT willing to use 'swapdisc' methods in all honesty , due to how bad it can mess the drives.
As for the PS2 Final Fantasy games, I can assure you that they all work fine as backups using the current game loaders. I've used them all with both ESR and "Open PS2 Loader", and the latter is what I prefer nowdays, running the games over LAN.
There is no need to worry about that. When it comes to FMCB the UK SCPH-xxx03 consoles are mutually compatible with the SCPH-xxx04 consoles of continental Europe. So an FMCB installation made on either of these console types will work on both.
Im tempted ot take the FMCB install , But i have noticed there a few and far between UK installers around. Which does deter me a little.
The SCPH-70003 has a LAN chip that is identical to the chip in the old LAN adaptors, and which also includes the PS2 IDE HDD interface. So with a modification kit it is possible to equip that console with an IDE HDD that works compatibly to the homebrew patched version of HDLoader and also with the IDE HDD support of the newest betas of "Open PS2 Loader" (this was developed after the most recent 'stable' OPL release).
Preferably i would LOVE to be using a HDD to store the games , as it saves on DVD-R's as i already have a few spare compatible drives. Ranging from 80 - 250GB in space.
However, I think you really should try the LAN feature of OPL first, before you invest both money and modding work into installing such an HDD kit. Because to me there is not much difference in OPL's use of the internal IDE of my fat PS2, and its use of LAN on any of my consoles, except that I don't have to endure the (quite loud) HDD noise when playing over LAN.
It is true that full FMV speed is as yet possible only with IDE HDD, though I expect that to change with some coming improvements to the SMB core of OPL. But even now the LAN speed is quite impressive (especially compared to older methods like USB), and even in a demanding game like FFXII the FMVs play quite well with only an occasional lag-pause, but with none of the 'stuttering' that have always marred attempts to play this game via USB.
So I no longer use the fat PS2 for gameplay anymore, as I prefer using OPL to play over LAN on my slim v15 PSTwo, which is almost noiseless when used with empty CDVD tray like I do. There's no CDVD spinup or other disturbing noises except for the cooling fan, and even that is mostly quiet as there is no CDVD activity to raise the temperature.
Best regards: dlanor