Noob Question on the whole HD in ps2 thing PLEASE HELP
Ok so ive searched this forum and a few other ps2 forums and i havent found a good tutorial yet.
As of right now i have a v4 ps2 with a dms3+ chip in it. the laser seems to be winding down towards being dead. and rather than pay to replace it again im thinking of the hard drive as a better route.
My brother is giving me an 80 gig hd and i now know i need to buy the network adaptor to plug the hd into it and then into my ps2. thats where i stop knowing what i am doing.
I have alot of games i would like to backup onto the hard drive, but i doubt ripping them with a crappy laser on my ps2 would give good results. Id like to just load up the hd and then install it.
I have the hdadvance.bin file and another one i found its hdloader but its a huge file. I also read about EXPLOITS that i would need to use the memory card to do. Now i dont understand the whole exploit thing. I just want to be able to make an image of the game i bought and put it on the hd and play it. i dont want to use the laser anymore. now another ? is there a way to boot the ps2 to an interface or do i have to put in the disc every time with the hd installed. i also think the tray opening mechanism is breaking. so any help is good thanks.
I will check back with this thread throughout the day. i searched and did not find specifically what i needed thats why i posted this. thanks in advance people