[Tutorial]Load from USB On PS2

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  1. banzai200
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    Let's talk of this console that has been forgotten on time
    Well, after trying to show a way to do this for a friend on his ps2, i stumbled in a lot of misleading tutorials for the Usb game loading on Ps2, seeing even some people who still thinks that those usb connectors are useless
    So, seeing that, and using this since Ps3 and Xbox 360 wasn't even a thing yet, i decided to write a tutorial on how to take that ps2 and play your games without even needing a dvd (mostly)

    This needs a mod-chip, and will be Matrix mod-chip only, since i don't own any Ps2 that has another mod-chip


    • Starters:

    First, you'll need to launch homebrew (UlaunchELF and OpenPs2Loader) on the ps2
    I've made a ISO with UlaunchELF and OPL already packed and ready to load on a ps2
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5YjFHrEIseIV2NQR2tJMGZkbnM
    Burn the iso on a cd with speed 4x on any program (i recommend Ultraiso) and load in the ps2
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    This screen will appear, so here, you'll press circle to enter the file browser
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    Here, you'll go to cdfs:/
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    This screen will appear (ignore the path, my ps2 doesn't have a DVD reader)
    If you go into apps, there will be a ELF file
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    From here, you can already open OPL, and play your games from usb (explained better as the tutorial goes on) if you wanna to have the CD ready when playing, but i'll teach how to copy the programs to the memory card, and have it as a second boot alternative

    • Boot from Memory Card:
    On cdfs:/ you'll need to press R1 on the BOOT.ELF file, and select copy
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    When you press circle to select copy, a little green square will appear on the upper right corner signaling that you copied the ELF
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    Press triangle to go back to the file manager hub, and select Mc0:/
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    Here, you have your memory card, all those folders represent a game save
    Now press R1 and select New dir
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    Here, as seen on the image, name the folder BOOT, on capitals, and select ok
    Go into the folder, press R1 again, and paste the BOOT.ELF file
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    And it's done, from now on, when you turn the ps2 on holding the R1 button, uLE will launch

    I Highly recommend to copy OPL elf as well, since that will make the CD totally unnecessary
    • Loading games from USB
    Now, what everyone was expecting, loading games from USB on Ps2!

    First, you'll need your Ps2 ISO(s) (Google is your friend), you can put more than one, as much that your Drive can handle, for the tutorial, I'll be using Megaman X Collection
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    Create a DVD folder on your Usb drive(formatted in FAT32) and paste your ISO(s) into the folder
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    (My Pc is in Portuguese, if that is a problem, I'm really sorry)
    Name the ISO(s) whatever you like and place here (As the FAT32 won't support games bigger than 4gb, later in the tutorial, I'll explain how to solve this problem with bigger games)
    And, while still on the PC, defragment your usb drive, as OPL won't read a fragmented game
    With that out of the way, insert your Usb drive on the ps2 and open OPL
    On the first loading of OPL, some things have to be configured, so this screens will appear:[​IMG]

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    Press Cross to select Settings, And go to Usb device start mode, and change it to Auto
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    And, on Default menu, change it to USB Games and select OK and on the menu, Select Save Changes
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    And, with that out of the way, press Circle twice and your game(s) should appear
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    Select your game and Have Fun! (Some colors will flash, but that's completely normal, and can be deactivated in Disable Debug Colors in the Settings menu)
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    • Games bigger than 4 GB
    Fat32 has a restriction on it's file system that doesn't allow files bigger than 4 GB to be copied, and, as some bigger games (Gta San Andreas for a Example) pass the 4 GB mark, those games have to be cut in parts to work using USB, so i'll show how to do it

    First, Download USB Util from here:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5YjFHrEIseIeEt4OUNXVUV6RzA

    Extract all files and Open Usb Util
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    When open, go into file menu and click on Create Game from ISO (you can do it by copying a DVD too, just click the other option)
    Select the directory of the game in the left box, and the destination on the right one (recommended the usb drive), choose the iso on the inferior left box, and rename it to your heart's content on the text box

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    Done that, click in create and wait for it to load

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    When completed, (if you didn't pointed the conversion directly to the USB Drive) Just copy the "ul." files to the ROOT of the USB Drive and the game should appear on the game menu on the ps2 when you plug the USB Drive

    • OPL Features
    OPL has a lot of neat features other than loading games from usb, and i shall explain some of it now

    Starting with IGR (In-game Reset), this feature allows you to just exit OPL without even pressing a button on the console

    Pressing L1 + R1 + L2 + R2 + Start + Select in-game will exit to the PS2 Browser (The screen that appears when you turn on PS2 without a DVD), It can be changed by going into "Settings > IGR Path" and typing the path to OPL or uLE or any other elf anyway (to make it easier, you can plug a keyboard to the other USB port on the PS2)

    Pressing L1 + R1 + L2 + R2 + L3 + R3 (the analog buttons) in-game will turn off the console

    Another cool feature included on OPL is the Video Mode Selector, which let's you choose the video mode on your games (Example, PAL games in NTSC and vice versa)
    To activate it, just go in Display settings on the main menu, and choose your video mode on the video mode option
    (DO NOT TRY THE HDTV OPTIONS WITHOUT A COMPONENT CABLE, OR OPL TURNS INTO A BLACK SCREEN AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO RESET ALL THE SETTINGS)

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    • Cover Arts
    Well, now let's begin making the Game List more beautiful and organized shall we?
    First, Let's put covers on our games
    And to do that, we'll have to pick the cover for our game.
    I recommend to keep it small, around 140 x 200, because bigger images cause this effect:
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    You can make your own covers too, just be creative!

    With your image at hand, rename it to Codeofthegame_COV (You can find the Code of the game with a Google Search, Opening the game's ISO and looking at the SLUS/SLES file on it or looking at the inferior right corner on OPL), The image can be either .Png or .Jpg

    Example: Megaman X Collection's code is SLUS_213.70, so i renamed my image to SLUS_213.70.PNG

    With that done, put the image on the folder ART on your USB Drive
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    Plug your Drive on the PS2, open OPL, and voilá

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    (way better, isn't it?)

    To add backgrounds, it's mostly the same drill, pick a image on 640 x 480, rename it to Codeofthegame_BG and put it on the ART folder on the USB Drive

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    • Themes
    Still with me after all this? Good! Let's continue

    So, now let's make the OPL look nicer, I've packed some themes on here, so download it and just copy the THM folder on the USB Drive
    And on OPL, just go on the display settings and select your theme on the menu and select OK.
    Done. (Please note that not all themes are compatible with backgrounds)

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    First thank you for the previous help! XD It gonna be very usefull here
     
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    wait.. so all those tutorials are misleading, YOU ONLY NEED A BLANK DVD?????
     
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    and a pendrive/usb hdd XD
    The blank disc is to burn the .iso he sent here
     
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    I still use my PS2, but I was unaware that you could load straight from a Flash Drive now. Last I checked you needed a Blank DVD or an actual Hard Drive
     
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    Nice tutorial. Mainly good for ps2 slim owners though since fat ps2 owners can just use a ide harddrive for this. Also heard that the usb ports on ps2 are 1.1 and not 2.0 so it might be slow running games through usb.
     
  7. banzai200
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    Yep, just a blank dvd and some programs, nothing more, I'll still complete the tutorial for how to straight up make the DVD drive on the ps2 useless, so stay tuned!
    Yes, it's a blessing for us, little slim mortals and yes, they are 1.1 but it don't affect gameplay in anyway, nor loading times, which on God Of War, when i played, was kinda faster than DVD
     
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    This is done with a Chipped console.

    You can load from USB for years, it's slow and is much better just to burn the ISOs or get a fat PS2 with an IDE HD.
     
  9. banzai200
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    banzai200 That dude who does things

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    I disagree , OPL has gotten the loading times much better over the years, and yet, i shall say of other methods, that are a lot better than even USB
    And i said this on the beginning of the tutorial
     
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    Yes but i think the others missed that portion.

    OPL may be coded better but USB 1.1 will always hinder it.
     
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    what is a "chipped" console tho didnt't think it was important like a model or something
     
  12. banzai200
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    I've never had problems myself, as i already said, there were times when the games loaded faster on the USB then the DVD itself

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    Modchips, Like matrix for example
     
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    So you have to buy them? Rip
    EDIT: You do and they look expensive, I'll probably be better off with a free mcboot memory card off amazon
     
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    Basically, yes, but it's very cheap actually, and even pirated chips work with this tutorial
     
  15. Nirmonculus

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    How is this different with the Mcboot method? Thanks for the tutorial.
     
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    How cheap (CAD) and how do these work, do i have to open up my ps2 orrrr?
    and also I'm OK with pirating, in this case would you have to buy something?
     
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    Nice tutorial, thanx, can you also add tutorial about Graphics Synthesizer Mode Selector? (If you know about it/maybe using it)
     
  18. banzai200
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    It's kinda not, Mcboot method uses the same core idea, but it has a little nicey menu (and all the games MUST be converted using usb util, which i don't find practical at all)

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    Eventually, I will put the other OPL builds (Childproof, VMC, GSM) and show a little about them, this tutorial is kinda on it's middle actually lol

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    https://www.mod-chip.com/en/playstation/ps2/183/matrix-infinity-1.99-modchip-compatible-with-ps2
    I'm not familiar with the canadian currency, but i know that is roughly 30 USD
    and yes, would have to open the ps2 and install the mod-chip
     
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    Main difference i know of between freemcboot and modchips is that you do not need to swap disc to play burned ps1 games. They just boot right up. Might depend on the modchip though.
     
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    Freemcboot needs a modchip as well, and yea, matrix can make burned ps1 games run without swapping, there's a emulator to run from usb as well, but i'll not cover it here
     
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