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#1
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if you have not been following this thread

http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/147422

I am going to explain just what this is.

I wanted to be able to put SNES station AND HDD loader on ONE cd. And be able to leave this cd in my ps2 all the time. This way I could play snes when I wanted OR load PS2 games from my HDD whenever I wanted. Being lazy I didnt like swapping discs between my HDD loader one and my SNES disc. And since Snes cant be run from the HDD I couldnt just put it on there and play it.

So what I did was made a boot cd. It uses a program called LAUNCHELF as the GUI. So it boots into that. Then I can press one of ANY of the buttons on the ps2 controller to load the app that I want. This is very similar to KEYLOADER with the exception being that you cant boot keyloader off a CD unless you have a .DAT file in your MC. I wanted something I can run entirely off a CD so I didnt have to waste space on my MC for this stuff.

I finally got a CD together that was working. It became obvious to me that other people also wanted such a CD, so I tried to explain how to do it. It seemed difficult for most people to put it all together. So instead I made a full CD ready to go. All you have to do is download the CD, then follow the install instructions. Then if you want to play Snes, Geneses or Sega you just throw your roms into the correct folder and off you go.

If anyone wants the CD you can get it from here

http://members.shaw.ca/PS2_BOOT_CD/

If you have any questions about it you can use the comment form on that site to ask. Otherwise you can post it here.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Mar 2005 @ 7:40

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#2
I downloaded this and put my snes roms in the folder and then burned it with Nero.When I loaded my swap magic disc and swapped it it didn't work
#3
Stinky_1 Suspended due non-functional email address
It seems some people have a hard time with SM booting my disc. Make sure you have the latest version of my CD. It should have a DUMMY file on it. If you dont have adummy file then try downloading it again. If you do have a dummy file then try it a couple more times.

I do not have SM so I cant test it myself with it, so I can only know what people tell me works or doesnt. Since I have fixed it you are the first person with SM that has told me it is not working.

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#4
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Update for anyone that wanted to put this on DVD instead. It has come to my attention that it is possible to run this on a DVD. So if you need the space for more roms and such then you can do it. Here is how


Open Nero burning rom (I dont use express so these instructions will not
use it). Start a new compilation.
4. Make sure you select dvd in the drop menu, it may say cd now but chage
it.
5. Scroll down all the way and select Dvd-Rom (UDF/ISO).
6. On the mutisession tab select no multisession.
7. On the ISO tab make sure there are no check marks in any of the boxes,
(there is one that is greyed out that says allow more than 64 charecters,
dont worry about this).
8. Still on the ISO tab file name length should be max of 11 = 8 + 3chars
Iso level 1
9. Still on ISO tab charecter set should be iso 9660 (standard iso cd rom)
10. Next under UDF tab UDF partion type should be Physical Partition
11. Still inder UDF tab file system version should be UDF 1.02
12. Leave force dvd-video compatability uchecked
13. Under the label tab make up a name for you compilation
14. Dates tab leave it alone it doesnt matter
15. Misc tab make sure each box has a check mark
16. Burn tab, if it is going to be less than s gigs burn at your slowest
speed, otherwise dont worry too much
17. Hit the new button
18. Browse to the BOOT CD folder that you unpacked using WinRAR and put all the files and folders in
there just the way they are
19. Hit burn
20. Sit back and wait


I have tested this myself and am sure that it works. All the emulators seem to work as well. So now you can have all that space that some people have requested.

Note that I have 500 mb of roms on my boot cd and I have run out of games to get for Snes, Genesis and the Sega master system. So I am not sure how people are filling an entire CD and still needing more space, but there you go anyway.


"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#5
Hey Stinky i've try your link to get the cd, but it keep comming up can't find server. I really want to get one please help.
thank you
#6
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I just tried it now by linking directly to it from the link above, as well as my bookmarked link. It seems to be working fine. Try it again.

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#7
Hey Stinky! Great work on this CD. Question...Why do I have to re-configure every time I boot? How do I store the key assignments? Thanks.
#8
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you need to have a memory card in slot 1 of the ps2. Make sure there is at least 15kb of space on it. Then if you notice there is "corrupted data" on the MC of about 12 kb do NOT erase it. That is the saved configuration for launchelf.

You can also make your own config file for it and burn it onto the disc when you make it. I have never tried it but supposedly it supports it.

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#9
Thanks man. Do you know where I can find info on creating the config file to burn on the disc?
#10
Stinky_1 Suspended due non-functional email address
DO a search for the launchelf main website. I think they had some info on there about it. Otherwise it may have been a forum I read it on (not htis one) I know launchelf has been a hard program to find, and to find any info about. I am not sure why when it is the best homebrew booting app for the frickin PS2!!

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#11
haha Okay. Thanks. I appreciate the help.
#12
Stinky_1 Suspended due non-functional email address
Just searched out launchelf on yahoo. I went through the first 3 pages with no useful info at all on the stupid thing.

It kinda makes you wonder how I even found out about this program!? Glad I did, but I wish whoever deved it would make a site to get some info out on it. I cant even seem to find an official website for the program. I suspect it originally came from PS2-dev.org I got it from SKAPPS.com (not sure if thats right but its close) He has TONS of ps2 apps on there. I just tried them all out and then put the most usefull ones on my cd.

As a side note I thought I had a counter on my new download site but must have missed adding it. In searching for the launchelf info I found that my old site for the boot cd was still running (must have forgot to turn it off) When I abandonded the site 1 month ago I had the counter reading 200 hits. Now one month later THAT site is reading 2009 hits!!! It makes me wish I had of set the counter up on the new site, since that is the only one I am linking too. So I guess there are other sites that are linking to my old site.

Oh well time to set it up to reditrect.

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#13
I can't find it either. This sucks. I don't even have a readme file. Damnit! What version of LaunchELF is on your boot cd?
#14
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I dont know what version of launchelf I ended up using. It was the latest one, but I dont know if they have made an update in the last month or so.

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#15
Do you have a readme besides the one you created?
#16
Stinky_1 Suspended due non-functional email address
no

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#17
Damn you Stinky!!!! ;)
#18
Stinky_1 Suspended due non-functional email address
you are lucky just to have the one I created. The original program was JUST the .elf file. And no instructions at ALL on how to use it.

This program could be great if they had documentation to support it.

On a side note, I did find a patch for HDloader that allows it to read dual layer iso's, reportedly they have got GT4 to work with this as well. That is where my new efforts are going!

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#19
MAN you are the SH!T..... I had problems with my fliptop when I first got it, noise, but then 3 months later I read your info here and said hell I'll try again, I put it back together, put in my swap magic and the copy of the disc I got from u and "BAM" that sh!t worked, thanks.. I'm a pirate as someone once stated(who gives a sh!t), I put 750 snes roms,about 500 sega master and gen on DVD... worked perfect..

#20
Oh how do I get NES roms to play now, do I need Breaker PRo? Is it pressed at the factory, or is ther anyway to get around using breaker pro to emulate NES on PS2?????

#21
ok its saying invalid ps2 disc when I try to use a dvd compiled with the boot disc and roms, on the swap magic

#22
Hi there, Stinky you are da bom, Great disc just rippin it apart now tryin to fix the boot sequence error
Could it be something to do with a KL.DAT file that stores the button configue? Don't know where it goes but i will have a play and make a few more coasters lol
Will report on my progress
CJ
#23
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launchelf does not use a kl.DAT file for the menus. I dont know the format it uses, but it just saves it as corupt data on the MC after the first boot.

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
#24
Alright, now I am really frustrated. I finally gave up on trying to get the configuration working from the cd. So I put a MC in slot 1 and booted the cd. I hit select and configured all of the buttons. Guess what happened after rebooting? Yep. Configuration was gone. What gives?
#25
Stinky_1 Suspended due non-functional email address
DOnt know what to tell you.

I am not sure what version of launchelf I had on there. I beleive it was the newest as of when I made the cd. You may try sksapps.com and see if he has a newer one. Then try that, mayb e its a bug that every 100 users gets no saving of their menu.

"I dont know everything, but I'm pretty close"

Xzwer " are you mad? there is like 13 pages.." - When told to read through the post to find the answer to his question
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