1. mugwort

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    When I started getting into PS2 several years ago, I read the PS2 slims were more reliable than the fats, so, over the years I collected five PS2 slims, two of them with modbo 5.0 as I began getting into imports and now I am getting into using isos to save wear on CDs and DVDs and PS2 DVD drive. I have a couple questions on best overall methods for using ISOs.

    For PS2 games, OPL is pretty simple and it is just a question of using which of the following, since I hear audio can be choppy with usb flash drive (I don't know about the NAND flash drives).

    1. one of my NAND usb flash drives like Corsair GTX, which would be very convenient and hopefully faster than standard flash drive, or
    2. running said usb through my RPi 3B+ somehow with ethernet cable, although I understand this prevents online network multiplayer on substitute host servers.
    3. For the life of me, I can't figure out why PS2 slims still use USB 1.1 when 2.0 came out in 2000, same as first PS2 fat. I'm guessing just to keep the price competitive since, then, it was good enough for keyboards, mice, dance mats, Eye Toy and Real Play periherals.

    For PS1 emulation on the PS2, I see a lot of outdated stuff in OPL/Popstarter tutorial videos, some of which has advantages over what seems to be current. PS2PSXe is straight forward but has its compatibility issues. Popstarter Options:
    1. Latest OPL with Popstarter where it seems you boot a PS1 game by double clicking it in the mass file list, like an sd multicart, but no box art.
    2. OPL build 1485, 10th anniversary Edition, which allows you to see it in the OPL menu like PS2 games, but you can't launch from the mass folder file list. Also, I read 1485 is an abandoned branch of the supported OPL and 1485 may have bugs or limitations fixed in latest OPL builds.

    Am I missing anything that doesn't involve buying additional PS2 Fats and HDDs?
     
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  2. JFizDaWiz

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    last I played with PSX on PS2 I was just streaming games over the network and it worked well.
    that or the simple swap trick
    console on with no game
    insert legit PS1 game
    swap with CD-R without triggering tray open (i did this by using tinfoil folded up in the sensor)
    play
     
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    OPL with the option to show PS1 games is the best IMO. USB 1.1 is good enough to play cd speeds at a good rate. I don't remember which version I used, not the anniversary version, but there are several that have that option, to show PS1 games and run them from within OPL.
     
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    Will uploading the SMB OS to my RPi 3B+ mess up all the functioning of emulators already on there so they won't work?
     
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    I think the best might be a mobile router using Ethernet, but I just use a modchip.
     
  6. vstar950

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    I dont understand why people use a network. Mine is not choppy and I run all my games (not dual layer games) from sandisk usb 3.0 128gb,64gb, and 32 gb flash drives. That is 3 ps3 slims. Never had a choppy moment. Ps1 games play great currently running megaman legends 1 and 2 from it. Doom of any version is so slow for some reason. I will have to try tge actual game to see if it plays better. Using free mcboot, opl, pop, and lots of emu. And if your laser dies, just buy another on ebay. Thats what i needed to do for my silver slim
     
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    Well, I would love to see XEBRA ported to the PS2 as a PS1 emulator. It's the only one I've seen doesn't sometimes get stuck at a loading screen for some games, but that is on PC, of course. May go with a mixture of backup discs and POPSTARTER for PS1 until that occurs.
     
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