PS2 softmod

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Aug 21, 2008

PS2 softmod by playallday at 9:08 PM (158,911 Views / 1 Likes) 554 replies

  1. playallday
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    * Whats a softmod?
    It's like a modchip but you don't need to install it in your console or anything.

    * Why do I want to softmod my PS2?
    For a few things, you can play old games like SNES and stuff, play games off the HD, play burnt games and more.

    * What do I need?
    A PS2 (doesn't matter if it's a fat or slim<b><sup>1</sup></b>), a Sony PS2 Memory card (with about 4MB free space), a USB stick (you only need about 4MB free) and a cheat disk (like Action Replay Max or Codebreaker) or a legal copy of a game that's <a href="http://freemcboot.psx-scene.com/swap.html" target="_blank">listed here to work</a> (it'll be green if it works).

    * How much is it going to cost me?
    Well, it cost me about $9.

    * I don't have a Memory card.... Got some links?
    YOU DON'T HAVE A MEMORY CARD?!?! I don't have any links but <u><b>DO NOT TRY TO USE ANY FAKES</b></u>! Some people have tried and its worked, but it doesn't always work and that just adds to the list of things that could cause issues. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> Once you get it running on a real memory card feel free to try and do it on a fake.

    * Got it. My download for Action Replay is only a few more hours.
    You can't download any of them! If you could already boot burnt disks you wouldn't need to mod it in the first place. You only need it once so see if someone you know has one.

    * Fine, fine... Lets get started.
    Here's the hard part, each disk needs to do something diffident to boot .ELF's but I'll get on that later.

    * Elf's eh?
    .ELF is a type of file. It's like an .EXE for your PS2.

    * Go on about getting the thing on.
    Now download <a href="http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OJK6JIP4" target="_blank">this</a>. <!--sizeo:1--><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->(Out of date but still works great. If anyone wants to update it please post the link here.)<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    * Downloading.. Downloading.. Done!
    Good, now unzip it and put it on your USB stick.

    * Your files are out of date.
    I have a life you know. Just find out what files are out of date and replace the files with the new ones (use Google to find the files).

    * Loading.. Loading... Done!
    Better, now take it out.

    * I'm not dumb you know.
    Just making sure. Now find a way to boot the .ELF file by going <a href="http://bootleg.sksapps.com/tutorials/fmcb/" target="_blank">here</a>. If you have 007 look <a href="http://bootleg.sksapps.com/tutorials/fmcb/swap.php" target="_blank">here</a>.

    * I have [put cheat/game disk name here], will it work?
    Hopefully. Just try it and hope for the best, don't waste your time asking here. I can't buy everything to test. If you want a easy time get a Action Replay with USB support.

    * Got it.
    Now boot the file named "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF". You'll see a nice menu now, go install it (by going to the tab that says "install Free_Mc_Boot" and pressing "X" or something like that)! If all goes well it worked! If not most likely you didn't have enough free space, so go delete some stuff then try again.

    * What software do I use to burn/rip my games?
    Use <a href="http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download" target="_blank">ImgBurn</a>.

    * Is there a guide for ripping/burning?
    Not really, but it's pretty easy. Patch your .iso with <a href="http://psx-scene.com/forums/attachments/f164/14309d1216142349-esr-public-beta-esr-disc-patcher-gui-v0-24a-rar" target="_blank">this software</a> (really easy, you can't mess up), download and install ImgBurn, then burn the disk at around 2.4x. You should be able to do that yourself.

    * Any thing more I need to know?
    Use good disks and burn at x2.4. Crappy disks might hurt your PS2's laser over time.

    * Thank you but all of this is just to hard for me. Can you do it?
    Sadly I don't offer doing it for people anymore. <a href="http://psx-scene.com/forums/f153/%5Bread-first-post-%5D%5Bfree-service-%5Di-can-install-fmcb-you-58851/" target="_blank">Look here</a>, you should be able to find someone who can do it for free.

    <b><sup>1</sup> The new PS2 slims (model number SCPH-900xx and over) do NOT work with this softmod!</b>

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    <u><b>OLD GUIDE (out-dated, just here in case someone needs to do the independence exploit):</b></u><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    EDIT: On the FreeMcBoot I'm a bit out-of-date so you'll need to look at the readme.
    EDIT2: You know what, there is a much better guide for this. It's <a href="http://bootleg.sksapps.com/tutorials/fmcb/" target="_blank">here</a>. I will keep this guide here.

    You do <u><b>NOT</b></u> need a modchip to play backups on a PS2! I have a fat PS2 (it should work on all models fat or slim!) and I've softmoded it with only $8!

    All you need to buy is any PS1 disk, any MC card and a AR that can move (copy, cut, etc)(I think Codebreaker works as well) from a USB flash drive (I used a AR that was for moving files from PSP-to-PS2), all of this you can buy at your local game store!

    Now you run independencecompiler 4.1 (get it <a href="http://www.console-exploits.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=537&d=1127640708" target="_blank">here</a> but you do need to be a user) from your PC and do you steps it tells you (1. have the PS1 disk in the CD drive and get the code, 2, set the OS to uLE (go <a href="http://psx-scene.com/forums/official-ulaunchelf-forums/" target="_blank">here</a> and download the newest uLE) 3. export the files for a MC card).

    Next you have a .xps file but a lot of the AR's can't copy files that aren't .max so now we convert the save file to .max using PS2SaveBuilder (Look for it <a href="http://www.ps2savetools.com/" target="_blank">here</a>) 1. open the .xps file with PS2SaveBuilder and save it as a .max file (or whatever your cheat disk reads).

    Just put the .max file we made (to find out what to name it, copy over the system file on the MC card, see what the name it and use that name), <a href="http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=14425&d=1218654753" target="_blank">this file</a> (the .elf file in there) and <a href="http://ps2-scene.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=14518&d=1220607050" target="_blank">this one</a> and rename it BOOT.ELF (the direct DVD version [its a .elf])*(if you want you can use CogSwap [just like swap magic] instead, you can get it <a href="http://www.exploitstation.com/files/elfs/cogswap.rar" target="_blank">here</a>) on your USB flash drive (all in the same folder!!!).

    OK now 1. we copy that .max file over to the MC card using your AR 2. put the PS1 disk in (the same one you used before) and uLE will boot up. If you wanted you can stop here and just run the .elf file named ESR every time (but who wants that?!?). 3. Run (from uLE under mass://) FREE MC BOOT and reformat your MC card like I did it make it work but with the new 1.5 it says you don't need to (I haven't tested it). Reboot your PS2 and see what it does, If it says ESR and goes black your good. The worst thing it can it do is make you reformat your MC card. (1.6 is out but I don't like it so stay with 1.5[some people love it so maybe I'm wrong...]).

    Your done on the PS2 side! Now before you burn a disk read this!

    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro--><b>1. You need to patch the .iso file (the PS2 game) with <a href="http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=14309&d=1216142349" target="_blank">ESR disc patcher GUI v0.24a</a> before you burn it (it takes only 1 sec). (tested)
    2. Burn at x2.4 for the best playback on your PS2.</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--> (tested)
    3. You can copy and burn your PS2 using ImgBurn (<a href="http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=ImgBurn&btnG=Google+Search&meta=" target="_blank">I can't post it but you can google it</a>)(DVD Decrypter is near the same). (tested)
    4. Don't use bad disks, they can kill your PS2 (can't read disk anymore)! (tested by a lot of people <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cry:" border="0" alt="cry.gif" /> )
    5. This will not work with CD game's, only DVD game's; you can convert them.(Not tested)


    NOTES:
    1. What I just did is only on your MC card so if you take is out before booting the PS2 it will not work but you <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro-->CAN move the MC Card to someones else PS2 and it will work<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->. (not tested)
    9. If you use Cogswap don't patch it! It won't work! (not tested)
    10. You can still the MC card for saves! (tested)
    5. DVD-R's work on ALL PS2's, DVD+R's only work on newer PS2's. (not tested)

    P.S. After all this you just put the disk in you PS2 and play!

    *If you want to add more programs:
    1. Add uLE and rename it "BOOT1"
    2. Add ANY of the programs (.elf) you want (HD loader, CogSwap, etc)
    3. Hold R1 when booting your PS2
    4. Now you'll see something like my computer and now you run the file from here (if you need a step-by-step guide for this, your all lost)

    LINKS:

    <a href="http://ps2emu.dcemu.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://ps2emu.dcemu.co.uk/</a> (PS2 Emulators and more)
    <a href="http://www.exploitstation.com/" target="_blank">http://www.exploitstation.com/</a> (Lots of files but not up-to-date)
    <a href="http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/" target="_blank">http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/</a> (The best site for PlayStation hacks)
    <a href="http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/freevast/58441-esr-public-beta.html" target="_blank">http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/freevast/5...ublic-beta.html</a> (ESR)
    <a href="http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/freevast/58292-official-free-mc-boot-releases.html" target="_blank">http://www.psx-scene.com/forums/freevast/5...t-releases.html</a> (Free MC Boot)
    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro--><a href="http://www.mementoteam.com/Guides/Eng/te4.html" target="_blank">http://www.mementoteam.com/Guides/Eng/te4.html</a> (How to copy a PS2 game with ImgBurn [it will work if you use MEMENTO DISC PATCHER instead of ESR disc patcher GUI v0.24a])<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
    <a href="http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7306~r.50648040" target="_blank">http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7306</a> (64MB Memory Card for PS2 only $9 bucks with Worldwide Free Shipping. Doesn't work with this hack most likely.)
    <a href="http://www.ps2hd.com/" target="_blank">http://www.ps2hd.com/</a> (PS2 HD Loader; site not working now)
    <a href="http://ps2dev.org/" target="_blank">http://ps2dev.org/</a> (How to make your own PS2 homebrew)
    <a href="http://psx-scene.com/forums/freevast/58442-esr-compatibility-list.html" target="_blank">http://psx-scene.com/forums/freevast/58442...ility-list.html</a> (What games work with ESR)
     
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    or you can save yourself the hassle of doing all of that and buy swap magic...
     
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    And pay double the money. Plus a lot of people have a AR and a PS1 game already so why not save yourself some money ($24.95)? AND there's no swapping!
     
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    swap magic disc don't cost that much anymore and you save yourself the hassle of setting all this up to play a ps2 game, i can't argue with the no swapping, that's the only negative about swap magic.
     
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    Where? And can you go down to EB and buy a swap magic?
     
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    No, but you can buy online.
     
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    I know! What I was saying is that you can buy all the stuff needed without buying online which a lot of people don't want to do (ie, kids who can't buy online, a freak who thinks everyone is going to scam him, etc)!
     
  8. Jax

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    It's a shame that that doesn't work on a slim. The Magic Keys are a pain to install!
     
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    I could've sworn I've seen this tutorial before. But I forgot where...anyways, nice tutorial! [​IMG]
     
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    lol you can't buy a swap magic in EB games XD you can buy a set of swap magic discs with slider tools for about £24, that ain't much.
     
  11. myuusmeow

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    His point was that it is possible to buy everything you need in a brick and mortar store, without buying it on the internet and paying shipping and waiting.
     
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    Not really, playalladay method is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better.
    Once installed you can install/copy the exploit on other Memory Cards.
    Swap Magic is only for one user.

    Edit: typo
     
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    It doesn't? There's no swapping so why not? I may be wrong but I just want to know.
     
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    So it was from "that place" I'm guessing?

    fixed
     
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    What's "that place"? It was hard to find as it was in a reply.
     
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    I'm not so sure about his burn speed in step 3, but I will be starting to test this shortly myself.

    General consensus at psx-scene.com is to burn at the highest speed that you get reliable backups with good media, and seems to be in 6-8X neighborhood from the majority of posters using various media and burners in one thread.

    BTW: The voodoo burn speed continuously mantraed at psc-scene is 4X, which is what started the above thread, but IIRC it was a sub-question of another main topic by the OP.

    Also don't forget to patch the backups before burning them to DVD or they just won't work, and with ESR CD games NEED to be converted to DVD format to work. from what I've read.
     
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    1) Buy a Memor32 mem card

    2) load it with memento firmware (you only need to do this once)

    3) patch ISO with memento disk patcher

    4) burn image

    5) play backup


    Repeat from step 3 onwards whenever needed [​IMG]
     
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    Well I've been burning at x2.4 and it works just like the real thing.

    Oops! I just read about the CD thing but I didn't add it! Thanks for that!
     
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    Uh...why buy memento, when this does the same thing and does it better (ESR has better compatibility with games). It uses what you should already have with maybe the exception of the AR and all this stuff can be bought at your local game store.
     
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    memor32 can also use ESR elf files too so 100% compatability just about [​IMG]

    + the bonus of having a 32mb mem card that you can backup saves and transfer saves to the pc and back [​IMG]
     

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