I want to buy a PS2 and stick an SSD in it to play all my favourite games but it seems like I may run into compatibility issues using OPL.

I want to buy a PS2 and stick an SSD in it to play all my favourite games but it seems like I may run into compatibility issues using OPL. What do? Is it better to play from disks or hard drive/SSD? Will all my favourite anime FMVs run without stuttering? Man all I really want is to be able to play FFX without stutter in the FMVs. I would just buy the disks but there’s a lot of games I’d like to play that are Uber-expensive and not in my region, so a hard-drive mod seems attractive. If anyone could share their experiences with the stuttering while playing from hard drive that’d be cool.

Also, should I get a OEM network adapter and do a IDE-to-SATA mod or get a third party SATA adapter? Which is more reliable in your experience?

Please be patient I have autism and schizophrenia

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Man all I really want is to be able to play FFX without stutter in the FMVs
    Then buy FFX. It’s incredibly cheap.

    Problem solved.

    If you don’t want to fuck with a hard drive, get a slim and set up smb.

    Do not get third party network adapters. They have tons of issues.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm new myself and have only played a few games through the HDD but you'd be surprised how much difference fucking with the settings and having up to date homebrew makes. There are all sorts of settings for throttling the read speed of the HDDs (primary reason the FMVs stutter as I understand it). Strangely I couldn't get the FMVs in the Forbidden Siren games to play smoothly no matter what combination of OPL settings I tried, but then they played perfectly through HDLoader which has no customization options at all and is old and outdated as fuck, so experimentation is the key to success. One final thing to add and again I'm mostly just repeating shit I heard elsewhere, but the PS2 doesn't benefit at all from the increased read-times of an SSD, and it may even make the FMV stuttering issue worse than with a HDD. Good luck anyway dude and if anyone has any general tips for smoothing out shuddering I'll be happy to hear it also.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I use network, but Mode 1 in game settings is supposed to remedy HDD fmv stuttering issues by matching the PS2’s dvd-rom drive read speed.

      There was a thread about this a few weeks ago actually where shit flinging occurred between hdd vs network.

      I think either is fine but I’m in the network camp. I think the only game I’ve had to fuck with settings on is Jak and Daxter and that’s a nightmare on either, everything else runs and plays perfectly.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I use an SSD with one of the third-party SATA adapters and have had very few issues. If you run into problems you just have to check the compatibility list online and turn a couple of the modes on. It’s pretty foolproof.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The only gamse I've had issues with were Outrun and Panzer Front. Every major game usually gets fixes or at least suggested settings on the compatibility list so it can work.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The FMV stutter can occasionally be an issue on USB or Network but it's non existent on internal HDD. I tired over 1000 games and not a single one had stutters. I have a 2TB Western Digital Green and it works flawlessly.

    The issue with OPL is that it has plugins active by default, and some of these break the boot up of some games. My recommendation is that you disable them globally and forget about them. These plugins are: PADEMU (PS3/PS4 controller driver), IGR (Internal Reset) (Mode 6) and the emulated memory card (can't remember is this is on by default).

    There is another mode that's enabled by default which unlocks read speeds, making the loading times much faster. This is great for 95% of the games but some won't boot with it. For those specific cases, you just enable Mode 1 (emulates DVD speeds) for that game and it will work.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Unlocked read speeds are default. It’s enabling Mode 1 that throttles them.

      At least on latest OPL (1.1.0 and 1.2.0b) all modes default to “off”. I recall them always being defaulted to off in older versions as well though.

      The only way these are enabled in any way is if you do then manually or you downloaded the recommended settings for your games, which seems to be broken as of late.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Unlocked read speeds are default. It’s enabling Mode 1 that throttles them.
        That's what I said. Unlocked read speeds is enabled by default. If you set mode 1 to ON, you enable Accurate Reads.

        All modes are OFF yeah, but some plugins are active by default. For example, IGR, you need to set mode 6 to ON for it to be disabled. Pademu is also enabled by default, I never used it and in one of the last updates it was on for some reason.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You’re right I misread your post. Retard moment, my apologies.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I want to buy a PS2 and stick an SSD in it
    Why, you fucking maniac? Don't you know nothing? Just buy a regular HDD. Hell 5400 rpm is enough!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      it's much of a muchness now
      SATA SSD's are fairly cheap now and it benefits from no moving parts and being silent, it also doesn't need to spool
      however if you have a spare HDD lying around just use that

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        A hard drive will be virtually inaudible over the sound of the PS2's system fan itself. Especially since that one is programmed to kick it up a notch if the network adapter is detected with a disk drive connected. So if you want a quieter PS2 maybe it would be more sensible to consider the Noctua fan mod.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I have a stock 50k PS2 fan which is fairly quiet and yeah you can here the HDD over the fan

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I want a BLT with bacon lettuce and tomato
    >I'm too retarded to figure out how to do that

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just use SMB, it is way more convenient to download a new game thats stored on your PC and just load it up instantly on your PS2. And it’s compatibility is really good.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It is really good, but I got tired of having to have my PC on whenever I wanted to play PS2 games. It just felt kinda redundant since my PC could just emulate the games I was playing. There's more time spent with the initial setup of an internal hard drive full of games, but I appreciate being able to just use the PS2 on its own. I've also had no compatibility issues that I couldn't fix just by checking the compatibility list, for what it's worth.
      That being said, I never bothered to set up anything with a Pi or a travel router with a hard drive connected to it. That seems like a pretty cool setup if you have a slim PS2.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The only game I've encountered issues with is Klonoa 2, apparently you need a specific version of OPL to run that game.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Im in your walls anon

    Look behind you

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I literally just put an ssd in NY ps2 and I've noticed absolutely no hiccups.

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