I have a PS2 slim, however I have a few friends with "fat" ps2's, and another friend that has a PS2 hard drive I can use. My question is this: Is it possible to load the independence exploit files onto the hard drive using a computer, then transfer those to my memory card without running any enabler such as swap magic? I do not know if the system configuration files are transferrable between the card and the hard drive... Has anyone tried this? (I'm too broke to want to buy swap magic or a modchip if I can help it...) If this is impossible, then obviously I'll have to get someone to install FCMB on my memory card for me.
Oh... Here's another option I just thought of... Has anyone just hooked up a microcontroller directly to the chip in a memory card to re-write the data on it? (Sort of the same idea as a Memor32 card, but DIY'ed?) I doubt I'd be using USB, more likely serial, but still... If I'm just thinking up fantasies please ground me in reality. IE: the card info is stored encrypted, signed, checksummed, etc...
...further searching for interesting alternatives reveals:
PS2 Memory Card Adapter:
Apparently you can buy this and a 5 dollar serial(? it looks like a DB25, so could be parallel?) cable and transfer information between your card and computer...
Memory Card Station (PS2 Card Reader)
This one looks more promising, but is also more expensive. Appears to be USB though...
Would either of these devices work without the need for Swap Magic?
Thanks in advance!