1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

About booting games off a HHD using a Matrix Infinity

Discussion in 'PS2 - Software boot discussion' started by CyberA, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    I have a Version 9/10 PS2 (the fat one) with a Matrix Infinity.

    Some of my games have annoying loadtimes. This appears to be a fault of the game itself, not my PS2. Ar Tonelico is a big one that has some annoying pauses in gameplay in order to load.

    Since I already have a fat PS2 and all I would need is an official network adapter to attach a HDD to it, I figured I would just start putting the games I play often or have long loadtimes on it.

    Now, what I want to know is, I heard the os/bios on the DMS4 includes a type of HDD loader, does the Matrix Infinity have any way to load games like this or would I have to use some sort of bootdisk?

    How would I get games to work off my PS2's harddrive with a Matrix Infinity?

    I remember hearing about games requiring patches to work on the HDD before with HD Loader, but that product went out of production long ago and is probably outdated now, will I still need to patch my games? Is there a list anywhere of what games and how to patch them?

    Will this improve loadtimes? This is the main reason I want to do this.

    What is the maximum size harddrive I can use? Would a 500gig one work?

    Would enabling/disabling ATAD support (IIRC this makes the PS2 think an unofficial drive is official) cause any problems?

    How would I get the games on my harddrive? Is there a way I can just put the disk in the ps2 and copy it over to the harddrive? Thats how I do it on my modded Xbox and the program auto-patches any games that need patching as well.

    Would there be any way for me to use GameShark, Action Replay, or Codebreaker with games loaded off my harddrive?

    Anything else you think I need to know?

    Thanks.
     
  2. OmriSama

    OmriSama Regular member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
    That's alot of W's lol.

    Cheers.
     
  3. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    Ok, thanks for the reply, but that was a little confusing to read since my post and your replies were all put within the same quote.

    I still have a few questions though. and it seems I confused a few features.

    I thought ATAD patch made the harddrive look like it was an official one, not enable past 130 gigs. Is there anything that also lets the PS2 recognize the drive as an official one? There were a few US games that supported it, like FFXI or Resident Evil Outbreak. Would I be able to play FFXI on it? I won't need my old PS2 taking up space anymore if I could.

    So I need to use HDLoader to load games off my PS2's harddrive? How will I start HDloader if that's on the harddrive too though?

    How do I know what games don't work with HDLoader and what I can do, if anything, about it?

    And how exactly would using a Code Breaker or Action Replay (copied to my HDD if possible) work with a game that is already on my HDD as well? I heard about using a program called uLaunch on MMC but I have no idea what those are, are they an alternate type of HDloader? A plugin? What?

    I was looking at newegg, and this seems to be their highest recommended 500gig harddrive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148135
    Any idea if this one will work? It's not on the PS2 list.

    The ONLY one I could find on newegg that was also on the PS2 compability list was this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822147008

    Seems the biggest problem with a drive being incompatible is it not fitting with the power/ide connectors on the network adapter. Would it be possible for a drive with the SAME model name having a revision that changes the placement of these? Or will all harddrives of the same model number look physically the same?

    Also, how is a game stored once on the HDD? Is it in .iso format? The files dumped onto a directory? Is there a way to get them back to iso format if I ever lose/break my original so I can burn another?

    Finally, is there a guide anywhere on how to format the drive, load HDloader on it, transfer PS2 games to it, use gameshark/codebreaker if possible, etc?

    Thanks
     
  4. OmriSama

    OmriSama Regular member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
     
  5. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    HDD utility disk? You mean the official one? Like the one that came with the FFXI/HDD bundle?

    Do you know where can I get a replacement? I lost mine, I tried gamestop but they don't carry it and most places sell it with the 40gig HDD, which I already have.
     
  6. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    Sorry for the double-post but I forgot to mention, and will this official disk work with a 500gig drive?
     
  7. OmriSama

    OmriSama Regular member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
    WWW.SKSAPPS.COM

    You can download the utillity disc file here and burn it to a CD.
    And if you use ATAD patching it should work.
     
  8. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Ok then, after formatting I just need to get a copy of HDloader, patch it to 0.8b/c then put it on my HDD right?

    How do I get it on the HDD? The PS2 uses a propitery file system IIRC.

    And would any of those 500gig hdds from newegg work?

    Also, though this is likely a no, is there any way to use this for ps1 ganes too?
     
  9. OmriSama

    OmriSama Regular member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
     
  10. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    Ok, I got my drive (Segate ST3500641ARK, 500GIGs) and network adapter, and now I have two new problems.

    1. As I was putting it in I realized something, I have no caddy/tray for it. While I can still fit it in the slot, I am worried about it coming loose or short-circuiting from the bottom of it coming into contact with the metal bottom of the HDD bay. I checked my official drive and the tray makes it fit peftectly in the slot as well as insulate the bottom of the drive. Where can I get one of these trays, caddies, whatever they are called without buying the entire HDD with it? Is it a risk?

    2. I cannot seem to get the HDD utility program to work. I am using version 1.10, and it just hangs on the following screen:
    Checking the HDD.
    Wait a moment

    Yes, the ATAD patch on my MI is enabled, without it the HDD Utility cannot even tell that a harddrive is connected.

    Any help?
     
  11. OmriSama

    OmriSama Regular member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
    Well, i don't really know about no.1, however, you don't really need the HDD utillity disc. As long as you have the HDD installed in your PS2 you can use it.
     
  12. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    DOH! How else do I prepare the drive?

    Also it seems that HDLoader crashes too, however any other drive I tried, including another model almost exactly like that drive but with a 8 meg buffer instead of 16, worked with hdd utility. Im going to try to exchange it.

    I pretty much just want to use the drive to load my PS2 games off it instead of off their cd/dvds, and possibbly some homebrew too.
     
  13. CyberA

    CyberA Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    Ok, exchanged the HDD for another one and it works now, guess there was something wrong with that one.

    Anyway, so I was trying a 48-lba patched hdloader, and it formatted my drive without any option to choose no or opt out. So, am I screwed now when it comes to installing HDloader/ulaunchelf/anything to the HDD itself? What kind of partions/file systems are used by what? (Official, hdloader, homebrew, anything else). Can I reformat/partion? HDLoader had VERY few options avaliable on it.

    Is there any point to making an official partion on it?

    What IS ulaunchelf exactly anyway?

    I have to admit, I am completely clueless about what to do and what I can do at this point. I mean, I could boot HDloader off a disk but id rather it be on my HDD, plus everyone is telling me to use that ulaunchelf thing, whatever it does.
     
  14. OmriSama

    OmriSama Regular member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
     
  15. noobfarm

    noobfarm Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    11
    hi, excuse my noobness, but i have just had my fat ps2 pimped out with a 500 gig hd, sony network adaptor, and a matrix infinity chip. i've tried using ppf for patching ffxii and also tried installing hdloader .08b with a disk, i know i'm probably doing something wrong, can i use my matrix chip to install my required upgrades or should i do the whole elf memory card thing. i paid this guy to build it for me, and i just want to know how to get the most out of my new system, as when i try to run the gow2 patch i burned and installed, i get the bsod. any imput would be greatly appreciated
    thankyou for your patience in advance
     

Share This Page