my version 4 ps2 is fitted with one of those old old modchip, forgot the name of it, but let me describe my sequence. i use swap magic 2 to boot my dvds, what i do is to press and hold on to the reset button when i boot my ps2 up, and wait till the screen say insert disc i will release the reset button, and the disc tray will eject, then i have approx. 5 sec to insert the dvd then i will boot perfectly i have read the hdloader recently and just found that i have a maxtor 40G hd sitting somewhere collecting dust, so i decide might to invest a little to save the loading time. i found a cracked version of hdloader (ps2ownz version) so i burn it to cd (i have seen a tutorial to teach u how to turn it into a dvd.. but i could never get that to run.. anyway) and i could never use the swap disc 2 cd version to boot it up.. so i tried gameshark v2.01 then it worked. so i formated my harddrive within hdloader, but i have problem installing the games, as hdloader saying that i m putting in invalid game discs. so i ain't be able to install so i used winhiip to install the games for me, so far i installed Madden 2005 collector's edition and MGS3 onto the hd, and i have read that ppl having problem with the madden 2005 collector's editor.. so i gave up booting that one But i couldn't boot up my MGS3 either... i have read threads saying that someone boot it up with mode 3 or even no mode... i tried either of them and all i got is black screen i dunno what should i do now.. i have seen mc exploit, but i didn't understand the procedures nor i have any original ps1 games to use (i think i lost my gameshark ps1 game disc as well) so is there anyway to use mc exploit now?? thank you so much for ur patient to read the entire thread, it'll be great if some of u can help me out here!! once again.. thank you so much!!