I had an idea why some games might not work, despite lack of DNAS, I tried installing ction replay max on my hdd. It booted fine, but as soon as I tried to access the USB it went to the same black screen as most of the games that dont start (with the flashing white line at the top of the hdtv for about 2 seconds). Then i tried gameshark off the hdd and it went to the same screen. I know gameshark will not boot with something plugged into the USB port, some kind of protection check. So this tells me that perhapse other games are looking for USB? Or perhapse just doing some kind of system check to make sure there are no conflics (like the USB port being mapped as the DVD drive or something...that would be a horrible problem if we were not trying to do it. ) Doubt anoyone will care though, as I said before, PS2 is as good as dead, and most of the people that have one have given up on it and gotten a copy of swap magic or code breaker. ...anyone interested in a class action lawsuit against the makers of USB extreme? They claimed that most games will run at full speed? Most games don't run at all, and I have yet to find one game that does not skip durring movies.