Most efficient PS2 USB

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  1. niceme.me
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    So my PS2 DVD drive is fairly dead, it sometimes reads sometimes doesnt, not very reliable anymore... This leaves me with USB... I know loadings and cutscene stuttering are gonna always be the thing but maybe its possible to minimize this bullshit by using some specific usb? Maybe I should look for some old 1.1 instead of just buying 2.0 or 3.0?
     
  2. DarkGabbz

    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    Use SMB.
     
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    i have fat.

    considering just getting slim at this point if i get good deal.
     
  4. DarkGabbz

    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    Use a HDD.
     
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    fucked here as well cause my ps2 isnt modded only freemcboot
     
  6. Armadillo

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    That's not a problem. Freemcboot can launch opl (open ps2 loader), to load stuff off the hdd.
     
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    I would just get the HDD adapter if you have a phat, just make sure the HDD is compatible and too large drives wont work by default.
     
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    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    Most of the hdd's work but if you use a IDE Western Digital Hdd you need to edit the case of the hdd adapter.
     
  10. G0R3Z

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    I use SMB and OPL, which depending on your network is generally faster than a USB HDD. An internal HDD works as well, but it's advised to get the modified SATA version like above - SATA drives are basically faster in every respect.
     
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    Ok I got myself PS2 slim very cheap, do you know of any guide to SMB, maybe its part of mcboot?
     
  12. TeamScriptKiddies

    TeamScriptKiddies Licensed Nintendo (indie) Game Developer

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    I have no experience with SMB myself, but honestly, you would've been better off getting the network adapter for your fat ps2. It'll play most games you throw at it, without stuttering etc, not to mention, games load much faster than using the disc drive
     
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    cheapest one(and only one) i saw in polish c2c store was 50$, i got working ps2 slim with original controller for 10$ doe so not much to lose. hopefully performance gonna be bearable via ethernet or atleast ill be able to just play via dvd again.
     
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  15. VashTS

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    its pretty simple once you get OPL running.

    1. create an SMB share named PS2
    2. inside that folder, create the folder structure (i believe capitalization matters here)
    Code:
    --- "CD" (for games on CD media - i.e. blue-bottom discs)
    --- "DVD (for DVD5 images; DVD9 images on USB must be split)
    --- "VMC" (for 8MB Virtual Memory Card images)
    --- "CFG" (for saving per-game configuation files)
    --- "ART" (for box and disc art images)
    --- "THM" (for themes support)
    
    3. i use FixIso to rename my ISO files
    4. REMEMBER TO USE DVD OR CD FOLDER!! (this drove me nuts, if the game is not DVD, put it in the CD folder)
    5. Set your OPL network settings to point at your PC

    Even loading from WiFi using my shitty old laptop as a bridge was faster than my USB drive when playing DDR.
     
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    TeamScriptKiddies Licensed Nintendo (indie) Game Developer

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    Ah ok, I didn't take you being in a different country/economy into account, that makes sense now