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Freemcboot noob help?

Grabbed a memory card with Freemcboot installed the other day. Well it boots, but I could use some noob help in getting the most out of it. Can anyone help me?
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smaxattax
5 years, 9 months ago
Throw apps 'n stuff on a USB drive. You can launch them with uLaunchELF or add entries to the McBoot menu.

If you want to play burnt games, patch the ISOs with the ESR Patcher and burn them like normal. You can only play DVD-based games using this method (exploit involves faking a DVD-Video). For CD-based games you can try running them with Open PS2 Loader from a USB drive or have a go at converting them to DVD, which can be complicated.

If you have a fat PS2, you can pick up a Network Adapter on eBay for $15-20 and use an IDE hard drive to play games off of with HDLoader. USB on the PS2 is only USB 1, which is too slow for most games, so an IDE hard drive is the way to go. USB should work fine for most CD-based games though.
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
You get mega-hugs ^_^ Seems I also need some higher quality blank disks from what I've read so far. Hope these will let me play those blue-surfaced games that my lens refuses to read.
smaxattax
5 years, 9 months ago
Thanks :)

"Blue-surfaced" = CD-ROM. Last I was using Open PS2 Loader there was a utility called "USBUtil" that you could use to prepare games for USB and increase compatibility, however it's been years and Open PS2 Loader has been continually developed so I'm not sure that's necessary anymore.

My PS2 wasn't particularly picky about media, so you might as well try a DVD-R you've got around. If your laser gets worse (already has trouble with CDs) you might try adjusting your laser pot. Then of course there's always the Hard Drive option if you have a fat PS2.
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
Yesh, I already had USBUtil, but the problem was a simple, yet vital piece of information (loading the program from uLaunchELF) that I wasn't finding anywhere that I looked. *sigh* lotsa info on how to use these programs, but very little on what they actually DO. So anyways, I've gotten it to work, and managed to boot both a DVD and a CD game from the thumbdrive, so YAY! ^_^ So then, how can I get Open PS2 Loader onto the main menu instead of always opening it from ulaunchelf?
smaxattax
5 years, 9 months ago
Ah. You do that using the FMCB Configurator. The menu entries are under "OSD".
smaxattax
5 years, 9 months ago
Another thing that's handy to have is a Codebreaker ELF. It has a nifty memory card manager that'll let you transfer saves between a USB drive and the memory card. You can technically do this with uLaunchELF by manually moving folders, but the filenames are cryptic because they're based on the game's ID (SLUS-, SLES-, etc).

3rd party memory cards are dirt cheap too, but you have to be careful. I've bought three "64MB" memory cards only to find that the actual capacity of the cards were 2x16MB and 1x32MB. If you buy any of these cards, verify their capacity by either popping open the memory card and looking up the NAND or use uLaunchELF to copy MP3 files (approx 8MB/16/32/64/etc) onto the card and try to copy them back. If you end up with a hacked memory card with false capacity, you can use MC Annihilator to format it to its true capacity.
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
Thankies. I has 3 8mb cards including the one with FMCB, so I don't think saves will be a problem, then there's the virtual memory card thing I can use my 4gb thumbdrive for, yesh?
smaxattax
5 years, 9 months ago
Three memory cards ought to last 'ya. It might be wise to install Free McBoot onto one of the others just in case something should go wrong with your current card.

I'm not sure if you can use a virtual memory card with games launched with ESR. For HDD/Network/USB games, yes.
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
Hmm, but I can at least transfer my saves to the thumbdrive and import them again as needed. Also, is there a way to "switch disks" when running from the USB? Monster Rancher 4 calls for that, for instance. DAMN  that's a cute icon!
smaxattax
5 years, 9 months ago
Unfortunately you can't switch discs with HD Loader or Open PS2 Loader. RPGs and stuff usually ask you to save beforehand, so you can reboot and load from the next disc, but for Monster Rancher you'll have to use ESR. Since it seems you want to avoid discs, you ought to try running games over the network. It's supposed to be fast enough that FMVs barely skip, if at all.

Thanks ^_^
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MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
I don't necessarily want to avoid disks, but it's a CD-based game, which I hear is a problem.
smaxattax
5 years, 9 months ago
Monster Rancher 4 is a DVD game. Maybe you found some sort of scene CD-rip?
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
Eh? hmm, well I guess it won't be too much a problem then. hehe.
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