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Can Someone Tell Me What's Wrong?
Can Someone Tell Me What's Wrong? –
First things first, this is a great site. Lots of useful information and helpful people. Hopefully one of you can help me...Yes, I am new to these Forums. Yes I have used the Search tool (extensively).
I spent about a week going through all the information on the site trying to get my stuff together to set up a HDD on my kids console. Even with making backups, they just kill the discs too fast. I really want to make it harder for them to screw with.
Here is what I have for hardware:
1. PS2 Model SCPH30001 V4 (both units)
2. Magic 3.1 Mod Chip (both units)
3. Sony Network Adapter w/LAN and Modem connections (both units)
4. Free HDLoader (only until the HDAdvance 2.0 I ordered comes in)
5. MC exploit set-up and running on several cards
6. Seagate 160GB 8MB HDD Model ST3160023A-RK w/jumper set to Master
I tried everything I could think of/find, without success. I then shifted stuff around to my own cosole hoping maybe a different unit would help.
The Harddrive works in my PC, I used the latest version of WinHiip to format and install about 9 games so far. Initially I was using the unpatched version of HDLoader.ELF, but when that did not work I applied the 48bit patch (and others) to my HDLoader.ELF file, hoping maybe it would kick in.
Both my systems work fine with any type of CD/DVD I put in (original or backups). Both network cards work fine, I can ping them and access the MC via FTP.
The MC Exploit is working as far as booting up and selecting HDLoader. I get to the splash screen for the program, then I get a message saying it could not detect my harddrive. I do see the Orange HD Light flash on twice: Once when the MC Exploit kicks in, and once immediately after the HDLoader splash screen comes up.
The drive was purchased specifically with this purpose in mind. I chose this one because it was on sale and had some extra mail-in rebates, dropping the price to about $45.00. I had checked several different web-sites for this harddrive model, and every one of them had at least 4 people using the same drive saying that it works. Not one site that I found said it did not work.
I tried moving the jumper around to every other setting, and still no good.
I have also tried swapping in a (very) old WD 8GB drive just because I had one laying around. I know the program says it does not support <40GB, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Anyway, it was not recognized either.
Is there anything I am missing? Any suggestions at all? Am I just totally screwed?
thats pretty weird.. you might try disabling your modchip, but i imagine you'd have to do that to boot ps1 disc and then exploit from the MC.
you know the drives are operating correctly, because they work in your computer fine. you've checked the jumper settings.. and you've tried 2 different drives.
this is probably pointing to your network adaptor or your ps2. my suggestion, if possible, would be to try hooking up the harddrives with your network adaptor to another ps2.. or another network adaptor with your hardrives to your ps2. you should be able to find out exactly if its the ps2 or the network adaptor..
if it turns out it is the network adaptor you could try something a bit underhanded.. go to walmart, buy a network adaptor, put your old network adaptor in the packaging, and return it.
do that at your own risk, its easier & faster than have sony replace/fix it..
Thanks, but as I said above, I have two of everything. It does not work in either system, with either adapter or either HDD.
If I can, I am going to find someone with a different model of the PS2 (not V4 SCPH-30001) and see if it works in their system. Somehow I doubt it though...
Is there any chance that the HDLOADER.ELF file I am using is no good? I assumed that since it unpacked, patched via the 48bit stuff, and repacked properly, that it should be good to go.
The file I have, before patching is about 658K, and after packing about 506K.
Should I wait until my ADAdvance 2.0 comes in before moving on? I would hate to have to do that since it seems there is some problem with the shipping and I don't know when it is going to get here...
Last edited by krclark; 12-12-2004 at 02:30 PM.
Reason: Just thought of something else...
you might try the untouched hdloader elf file on the 10gb hdd. it should be able to handle the drive no problem, since 48bit isnt needed for it.
I had a similar problem...try repatching it differently or with less patches and see if it works...I had a copy of hdl on for a week trying to figure out why I got a black screen on every game I tried. I repatched it and it worked great after that...it was a fluke problem I guess.
i think you have a messed up one because hdloader unpacked is around 3000K not 658K. as for booting from exploit how are you gonna boot it? as an individual exploit or from keylauncher or mcloader?
Originally Posted by krclark
OK, here is the status so far...
I tried reformatting the drive and reloading it with a couple games (in the PC). No good.
Last night I tried to redo the MC setup, both with and without patches. No good.
I gave up on this drive, thinking maybe I got one that was incompatible by fluke. Instead I ripped my 40GB WD from my xbox and popped the 160 in there. Drive works great in the xbox!
I took the 40GB WD and set it up today. No good. I set up 6 different memory cards with the exploit. Each one had different patches applies, one without any. No good.
I can get all of the memory cards to boot on either of my PS2s. They both boot up to a menu (not sure which one, but I think it was Keylauncher). I can select the hdloader from there and it loads fine.
I see the hard-drive being accessed initially (the drive light comes on <1 sec). The hdloader screen comes on for anywhere from 10 to 90 seconds. Then the message box comes up saying it could not detect the hardware.
Since I have now tried this with multiple PS2s, multiple network adapters, 3 different harddrives, 2 different PC programs for formatting/installing the game files, and half a dozen memory cards I have to assume either something is wrong with the hdloader.elf I have, or something about my modchip is screwing with the setup. Both units have Magic 3.1 cards installed.
I am waiting to hear from a friend that said I could try it on his PS2 (no mod chip installed...). Unfortunately I won't be able to hook up with him 'til the weekend.
To top it off, the person I ordered my HDAdvance from has apparently stopped responding to e-mails. Had to have my Credit Card company cancel the charges.
If I still get nothing from either the 8 or 40GB WDs in his system, then I am probably going to call it quits (Unless someone knows something I don't?)
I don't know why I am having such miserable luck with this, but I can't see putting too much more time/effort/money into it. It's pretty sad when I think that I have spent over 10 times as many hours messing with this HDD thing than I did putting BOTH mod cards into my systems...
 Oh, and I only listed the pre- and post- patch packed values. The unpacked file size was 2.83MB (2,977,792 to be exact).
Last edited by krclark; 12-14-2004 at 10:55 PM.
Well, it has been a while since my first post looking for help with my system. It has been a real pain trying to find anyone to borrow a system from, what with the holidays. Anyway, I finally found someone that had an unmodded PS2 that is the same model as mine.
My MCs, Hard-Drives, and Network Adapters all worked perfectly in his system! Every one of them, in various combinations!
So, all I can figure is this:
The Magic 3.1 Mod Chip is somehow screwing my systems up so that they can not recognize the Hard Drive.
As soon as I get enough time to myself (without the rugrats underfoot...), I am going to remove the chip from one of my units and see if HDLoader will work then. When I finish that I will post my results, if anyone cares.
There are plenty of lists out there for compatible Hard Drives and Games. Is there one for compatible units and mod-chips? Especially combinations of them?
OK, I finally got the time to tear into my system. I removed the mod-chip, and it still does not work. I guess the program just does not work with my PS2 model.
Still curious if anyone knows of a list of which PS2 hardware and/or modchips are not compatible with HDLoader/HDAdvance.
wow...you did all that when you could have just listened to us and grabbed a new copy that was roughly 3mb and reapplyed the patches to that one and you would have been set.