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HDLoader reads "coasters" ??
HDLoader reads "coasters" ?? –
Well, I have a very old and highly used PS2 with a Matrix Infinity. The old gal has been good to me over the years but is definitely showing signs of nearing the end. To try and preserve my laser, I bought a nice, big hard drive and have been using HDLoader to backup my games. Since I'm anal-retentive I also make DVD backups of all my games so the originals are kept in good shape.
Recently, I got a good deal on some DVD+R's so I burned a couple games to test them out. Sadly, upon putting them in the drive, the PS2 just sat at the "reading disc" screen forever and I could hear some really *nice* sounds. I finally popped the disc out and, as expected, there were several scratches from where the laser was trying to read the disc.
The funny thing is, if I load up HDLoader and then pop in the burned discs and choose "Install" it is able to fully install the game at normal speed and with 0 read errors. When you first put in the disc and HDLoader analysis it, it's just as fast with these new backups as with my other backups and originals!
Does HDLoader set the laser to higher power or something? It doesn't make any sense to me that these discs won't boot but HDLoader can read them fine. Other than tweaking my laser, is there something I can do - maybe a mod chip setting or something - that will get the discs to boot. Obviously the discs aren't bad since HDLoader can read them fine but some of them are games that crash when playing from the HD, so I'd like to get them to boot from DVD.
Thanks in advance!
If it is just the DVD+R's, my ps2 does the same, i could suggest burnin it under 4x, that gets them to read mine. otherwise go with dvd - r, because most ps2's dont like dvd+r's. Im not sure why hdl see's them and the browser doesnt, maybe the hdl looks at the whole disc or somthin, and playin the game it just gives up or somthin. Hope this is somewhat relavent to helping you.
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'Good deals' on either DVD+R or DVD-R discs should always be avoided, unless they involve a highly reputable brand name (like Verbatim or similar). There is no surer way to cause a premature death of your laser, than using low quality media.
Fortunately I've found a very cheap supplier of high quality discs, and now buy all my discs from them, choosing nothing but Verbatim. Their current price is 180SEK for a 50disc 'cakebox' of Verbatim 16x DVD-R or DVD+R (same price). So that comes to less than 4 SEK per disc (or appx 2 discs per USD).
Anyone who's interested should just browse to 'wesellcd.com', and check them out. It's a danish site, but they have pages/prices for all nordic countries plus Holland and Germany, and I think they're willing to sell to any european countries. (Outside of europe you're probably better off looking for a local supplier.)
I don't usually recommend any particular supplier of any goods, but these prices for such high-quality discs are the best I've ever seen.
Best regards: dlanor
Yeah, thanks for the replies!
Early this morning I decided to dig through all my discs and I found a couple old TY DVD-R's that I hadn't used before opening the new spindle. I burned VP2 on one of these discs and the PS2 plays it just fine.
I understand the need for quality media. Unfortunately I got bit by TDK's recent transition from good discs to crap. Oh well, I"ll just use them for data and movies and stuff.
Still, it's so weird that the DVD drive sounded like it was going to die when I tried to launch the game from the browser but HDL didn't have so much as a hiccup. Guess I'll have to remember to always try HDL if I have a "bad" burn in the future!