Ok for two days I have been searching methods on moding my ps2 to run ELF files and play backups. Of course Many of which I came across require you to buy modchips/swap-magic/HDloader. Others claim to be "free" and "easy" when in fact they are useless because many of them need mods to... boot mods. Which is ridiculous. I have moded my xbox1/ps2/gc with ease and it cost me no money at all (except gamecube). I find many boot methods ridiculous. Anyway to cut this short. I have been working on moding my ps2 for 2 freaking days/nights straight with 2 hours sleep in between. I have a ps2 (fat) and a ps2 homemade slide card which proved to be useless so I scrapped that Idea, I tried booting PS2 Independence cd files by hotswapping a psx game and it almost works except it hangs at the "playstation" screen with an invisible logo. So then I looked on and I found a HDD tutorial that said No moding products required!!! whoohoo. Well I pulled my damn hdd out put it in my pc and halfway through the damn tutorial it says you need HDloader/advanced. WTF Those are PRODUCTS, who the hell in their right mind makes false claims and crap tutorials like this. It is only logical that there should be a Ps2 hdd image that can patch the hdd to load ELF and other homebrew code but have come across none. Is there any hope for me without spending money?