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"Until it installed" you say. But does that mean that you came back to the GUI, with ability to refresh the game list so as to see the new game in it ?
Originally Posted by grunge782
If that is what happened, then it should have worked properly.
But if that's not what happened, and if you just closed the window when the installation 'seemed' complete, but before being able to see the new game in a refreshed list, then I am afraid that you may have terminated the installer prematurely, while it was still writing some partition data. I'm not saying this happened, but this is one of very few alternatives that would explain this sort of failure. The others are, broken installer software, broken IDE interface in the Network Adapter, broken HDD. So take your pick...
Weird, but it does seem to indicate partition damage of some kind, as is possible if terminating a program in the process of updating partition tables, or if there is something wrong with that hdld_svr elf.
I then tried opening it up in OPL but it just froze when I tried to load the hard drive. Then I tried HDloader which did actually show the game this time, however when I tried to boot/play the game it just took me to a black screen.
I then proceed to try to put another game on, but this time I got the "Not an APA partition" error again.
I'm not sure what you mean by "hdld" here. That particular abbreviation is only used in the name of the hdld_svr.elf program file, and that file does not exist with version 0.8.6.
Is it possible that a problem is being caused because I am using hdld 0.8.6 instead of a newer version
Possibly you mean HDL_Dumx v0.8.6 which needs to work with hdld_svr v0.8.5 on the PS2.
Those are what I use myself, every time, and I've done so for years now.
Neither hdld_svr nor the rest of the HDL_Dumx package have ever been released with such version numbers.
(I tried using 1.5 and 2.2 but I could get neither to open on windows xp)?
You must be thinking of some other GUI program for use with hdld_svr.elf. I sometimes use one named "HDL_Dump GUI v1.4", by vtecorona and this might actually exist with such higher version numbers as you mentioned (I'm pretty sure mine is not the latest).
If you are using such an alternate GUI, rather than the original HDL_Dumb, then it will still be using HDL_Dump.exe to reach the server on the PS2, and that should still match the version of HDL_Dump.exe, except for using the v0.8.5 server with HDL_Dump v0.8.6.
NB: Any other mismatch between HDL_Dump and hdld_svr is almost certain to cause corruption.
And using HDL_Dump and hdld_svr versions beyond 0.8.6 (meaning 0.9.x) would also be likely to cause corruption (though working at higher speed).
Something pretty basic seems to be going wrong with your HDD, though this has only shown itself with your usage of HDLoader and its installers. Those elfs are what I would primarily suspect, in addition to the HDD itself of course. I have heard that some HDDs are just not compatible, for unknown reasons, though I never saw it myself.
I am not sure if I should keep pursuing this,
Yes. The current OPL betas work fine with ISOs for both DVD and CD games, and that is how I normally use all games in my collection, currently holding 225 such ISO files stored in the PS2SMB fileshare on my main PC, sorted into separate subfolders for "CD" and "DVD" respectively.
maybe I should just go the filesharing route from my computer. dlanor you said there were beta revisions that support just plain isos?
But OPL betas are not available for download as binary executable files.
Each beta tester has to compile the program himself, using downloaded source code.
Others will have to wait for the next public release, which will include all current beta features, debugged and possibly further enhanced. No specific limit has yet been set for when the next public release will be made, so this is just a matter of patiently waiting...
Best regards: dlanor