This is a bit of a strange problem so please bear with me.
I have a PAL PS2 and I play my games off the hard drive, but I prefer to play NTSC games as they run at 60 FPS. However, certain games (God of War for example) have a huge black bar at the bottom, obviously this is not desirable so I tried to fix the problem. I eventually discovered that booting a swap magic ELF, selecting NTSC mode, and loading a pressed copy of HDAdvance, then from there booting God of War, actually solves my problem.
This is great except I'm now relying on my almost dead laser. So what I'm asking for is a way to force my PS2 into NTSC mode (the same way Swap Magic does) without having to boot from a disc, and instead boot from something else, preferably off the HD but MC is fine too.
did you rip your games from the original disc, or did you download them?
Search for the "GS-Selector" from doctorxyz and dlanor.
I also recommend the GS mode selector program under development. I have forced quite a few games into different modes to make them more acceptable to the display device I'm using at the time.
I'd also recommend you read the FMCB tutorial on how to use HDAdvance to install FMCB on your PS2, so you won't even need a working laser to run your games from the HDD.
This method of using GSM is quite useful even when not changing the video mode at all, but just tweaking the DX,DY,DW,DH settings so as to get an NTSC picture perfectly centered when using a PAL console and PAL TV.
Originally Posted by urbigbro
I played the japanese release of FFX International this way for many hours yesterday, as its default centering on my TV (without using GSM) is horrible, with a big black bar on the left side, and the real picture stuck to the right edge of the screen, and the vertical centering is also non-ideal. But with GSM such things can always be adjusted, though it takes some time to find the correct tweaking values. But that should be easier in some future real application based on this early beta version.
Best regards: dlanor