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Does/can "hardware error" mean incompatible hard drive?
Does/can "hardware error" mean incompatible hard drive? –
So I installed MCBoot, got HD Loader installed (0.8c, I believe... tho, it could have been 0.8b), and when I start it up... I get the dreaded "hardware error" message.
Now, the PS2 I have is pretty old (bought it used) so the network adapter and/or PS2 itself can be faulty. But does this "hardware error" message mean something is wrong with the connectors/adapter or does/can it (just) mean that hard drive I'm using is incompatible?
I'm using a maxtor DiamondMax, I think the model number is 6Y200P0062211.
I did check ps2drives.x-pec.com, but I couldn't find it listed. This was just some old hard drive I had in an enclosure. I also tried to do a low-level format but that didn't help matters.
I hooked up an ethernet cable, and started ps2net from uLaunchElf and was able to ping my ps2, so I know at least that's working.
Could it just be a HD compatibility issue when I see this message? Any other ideas?
If this is not a hard drive compatibility issue, what would I see (on HD Loader) if it was a HD compatibility issue?
BTW my ps2 is SCPH-39010/N and has a mod chip (Magic 3, I believe)
Update #1: I also tried switching jumpers to cable-select... still nothing. I do see a yellow light that flickers once when I try to format using uLauchElf/HDDManager, which from what I read means hard drive activity... but not sure if that indicates whether it at least detected "something" was connect.
Update #2: I got a hold of my old xbox hard drive (Seagate U5 HDD: ST310211A) which is compatible according to users on ps2drives.x-pec.com (tho, no one reported it for my ps2 version -- v7)... I unlocked it, low-level formatted it, and chucked it into my ps2 as master. STILL NOTHING. This seems to indicate to me that it's a problem with my ps2/network adapter... what a shame. But if any of you have any ideas, please let me know -- i'd be very greatful!
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by k33ze; 12-28-2008 at 04:08 PM.
Reason: added "update"
It does sound as if your network adaptor is out of order, but I've also heard of cases where similar problems are caused by a blown fuse on the PS2 motherboard. Apparently the network adaptor get its power through that fuse, so a faulty adaptor connected to the PS2 can blow that fuse, and after that any other network adaptor will also fail to work, even if it is in perfect condition, simply because the blown fuse prevents the adaptor from getting any power.
Best regards: dlanor