wow, awesome resource - thanks for that. so here's the latest in my woes. i took your usbadvance and have put it in my hdd as swapmagic.elf. i put in my swapmagic DVD and it loads up usbadvance without problems. next, i took the fifa dvd i had, replaced the iopr300.img file as you mentioned. i recopied the game onto the harddrive using usbextreme. now, the game DOES boot up, however it gets stuck in the opening page "fifa 07". it does not go beyond that black screen with the fifa07 logo. to do the iopr replacement, i used magiciso to simply remove the old files and replace the new ones, and save the iso. i figure this is the same as going through the lengthly process of copying everything over to my drive, replacing, rebuilding, god knows that. unless that's part of the REQUIRED process? thanks for all your help guys, i really appreciate it. i'm trying out gran turismo 4 in about 20 mins (via DVD, givin gup on this harddrive deal!). will let you know if that works cheers!