PS2 “Modding” Madness

Sister lost the game that we were using to exploit the PS2 buffer overflow when loading PS1 games, so no more trigger disc for HD loader on the memory card. Ashley would never respond to me (lol?) so I couldn’t get my real HD loader disc back from him.. nor my crappy Linksys BEFW11S4 11mbps wireless router.

Anyways I figured it was time to buy a swapdisc, so I got Swap Magic 3.6 CD+DVD from some random company in the LA area for $30 after tax/ship. You could do so much more with a swapdisc.. with HD loader, you can run the program. With a swapdisc, you can swap in a burned copy of HD Loader as well as do other things.. lol.

I had to get this done before my sister leaves for SD in like 10 hours, but I couldn’t get a few things done:

  • Kingdom Hearts 2 crashes at one point – Known bug in HD Loader and practically unfixable.
  • Super Bust-A-Move totally just does not work. (No idea.)
  • Couldn’t work hdl_dump – constant “target machine refused connection” messages. Ping and ExecFTPs work fine. So no game transfer over LAN =(
  • Couldn’t get slide card to work, and no fliptop cover.. so no swapping.

Nonetheless, I won’t go through the agony of writing everything, so here goes a summary:

  • Need replacement PS1 game!! (Try to exploit without?!)
  • Need slide card or flip top! (SLIDE CARD!)
  • Make own slide card! (Get template and random cards!!)
  • Break off front tray plate to slide in!
  • CAN’T WORK SLIDE CARD LOL TOTALLY BROKE CD THING
  • Open PS2! LOTS OF MADNESS
  • SHIT, CD FLYING OFF OF PS2 TRAY!
  • Move games from 80gb HD to 250gb HD!
  • Wait, fragmentation.. Format 250gb HD and move games individually, not all at once!
  • MASTER/SLAVE CONFUSION JUMPER CHANGES FINGERS PULLING NO NAILS AHHH
  • Does PS2 work with CD-RW?? Nope!
  • Burn Independence Exploit Installer properly? TITLE.DB with 800+ games?! Run off burned/swapped HD loader instead of burning another CD?
  • OMG WHY DOES THIS HD LOADER NOT SUPPORT >137GB DRIVES
  • yay crash bandicoot 2 from.. vina’s brother?! far drive for sister.. blah!
  • oh gay soft reboots don’t work! HARD POWEROFFFFF
  • omgz auto BOOT.ELF –> HDLOADER.ELF?? KeyLauncher KL.DAT format? LaunchELF?
  • Running upstairs and downstairs like 100 times (no kidding) and rebooting my PS2 oh so many times
  • Finally time to put back PS2.. MISSING A RUBBER FOOT? WHAT? i totally kept all of them! oh, it was on my lap..
  • Breaking a pin on the HD at the very end (LOL) but luckily it was pin 40, just one ground of many ground

At least I’m done (err.. “done”) and my sister has a big fat 250gb HD with HD loader working .. properly?

Yeah.. that totally sucked and took forever. Back to vacation/break, please. (aka eyeExam/fullCheckup/shot, burn dvds, spend time with friends, do EE hw […], get keys to new roommates… blah blah blahh…)

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One Response to “PS2 “Modding” Madness”

  1. Dakanya Says:

    “OMG WHY DOES THIS HD LOADER NOT SUPPORT >137GB DRIVES”

    pretty sure I tried to warn you about this earlier lol

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