Playstation 2 Homebrew and Hacking

A thread to discuss anything involving modding your PS2, from loading backups with OPL, to other fancy things like emulating older systems and unlocking region free.
Latest OPL Manager has ZSO Converter which cuts down the size of ISOs by a good chunk, I think it might be placebo but I think FMVs run better too when loading ZSOs on a USB.

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I just use it for playing PS2 games, anyway looking forward to that new ODE coming around in 2-3 years. What do you mean by ZSO converter exactly, is that some nkit type of crap or something? I put on a few more PS2 games today after *seething* over 18 wheeler being absent on the xbox and seeing there's a PS2 exclusive sequel. God made my choice for me after that.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah sorta like cube's nkit files, ZSOs use less space which is nice.
      OPL Manager got updated with a zso tool converter so no more usbtil shit in case you use a usb thumbstick to load games.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's cool, I still yearn for stable FTP for transferring games to the HDD.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hope that ZSO thing works out and doesn't make games stutter when decompressing. I already did all the work of manually removing all dummy files from isos years ago but this could be way less time consuming. About a third of the PS2 library has dummys and inflated partitions so you'll get a lot of mileage with the new format.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    From my (limited) experience playing snes games on my fat ps2, it's not good. The game speed seems fine, but there are constant audio glitches to the point where the audio tests on 240p test suite aren't even worth using.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      are you using snes station or the retroarch cores?
      The best way to emulate snes on ps2 right now is by using snesticle PS2, the only downside is that it isn't USB-compatible so you have to make an iso of the emulator + roms (and iirc make sure they're smc and not sfc) and load it with OPL.
      On a side note the GBsp core runs surprisingly well.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I've only ever tried snes station and then I got a Wii. I use snes9x rx and it supports my ps3 controller and msu1 mods.

        >you have to make an iso of the emulator + roms and load it with OPL
        I hope that works for you, but that's entirely too much work for me.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can you use ZSO for hdd loading or is it just for usb? Does winhiip support it or would I have to use something else?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You can copy ZSO files to the same folder as your ISOs and they will be detected by OPL. To install onto internal HDD, you can use the latest version of HDL-Dump.

      https://github.com/ps2homebrew/Open-PS2-Loader

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Oh sweet. Thanks anon.

        I just dug my ps2 out of storage a couple months ago and updated everything from ~2014 when I last used it. I just completely skipped over the zso support.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I use it for PS2, PS1, and Genesis emulation, the only retro console I play on my CRT TV completely emulated (looks nicer on my PS2 setup than on the Wii Genesis emulators I’ve tried, from my experience).

    I am currently using DualShock3s with two BlueRetro adapters. They work wonders.

    I play PS2 from my HDD through OPL (I set it up once and filled it up with everything I could ever care about, haven’t fiddled with it in years, I wouldn’t even remember how to add an extra game without looking up guides all over again).

    I play PS1 through CDs. The POPs process of individually converting them to VCD format seemed too tedious, and not worth it for something that’s still just emulation, and not actually playing native, as a PS2 should.

    I know it’s a longshot, but has there been any significant improvement on how to play PS1 games? I vaguelly recall seeing that POPs now has a standalone launcher. Does that mean games can be loaded as standard ISO+BIN now, or they still need to be converted? Is the emulation good enough to justify the hassle? I would really like to future proof for when the laser doesn’t work anymore (even though I’ve stocked on plenty chink laser replacements, I’m running on my second replacement one atm). PS1 on PS2 is the only place on my retro setup where I still burn discs (and, contrary to PS2, I do add games often to the collection, as I often try PS1 romhacks including my own)

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm not sure about a standalone launcher, but pops games can be loaded through OPL. You still have to convert them to vcd, but they have their own tab with box art and everything. I haven't played a ton of pops games, but the only issue I've noticed is slowdown in SotN in the inverted castle when there's a ton of enemies onscreen. Not sure if that's normal or not though.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I forgot to mention, you can batch convert bin/cue to vcd with PSXVCD and then batch rename and download cover art with OPL Manager. I find that process to be faster and less hassle than burning discs.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ps2 with composite looks great, the emulators also look nice with it, retroarch on ps2 is a godsend.
      sadly i dont think ps1 is gonna get better for popstation users.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        *component
        my mistake

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i think with fortuna you can play ps1 games, but you risk bricking your system

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have been using the beta opl with exfat, I think game load a bit faster now
      I tried popstarter with it, but it didn't work

      There is a ps game installer now it converts the games to vcd and put thems on your usb or whatever

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ZSO format is very good, but FMVs in some games are still stuttering on USB for me, like crash twinsanity (it was fine some time ago).

      popstarter is still ass, even games that are marked as fully compatible will sometimes load the wrong sound effects (spyro), or the sound will simply not work (megaman x4's charge beam).

      ps2 with composite looks great, the emulators also look nice with it, retroarch on ps2 is a godsend.
      sadly i dont think ps1 is gonna get better for popstation users.

      *component
      my mistake

      I'm underwhelmed by how 2D PS1 games look on component tbh. Dithering patterns are super sharp, and scrolling looks worse than my emulator on freesync monitor. 3D looks a lot better, but I don't think it's worth the hassle to convert my chds to vcd just to test if they work perfectly.
      Been very frustrated with OPL overall. I might buy a cd/dvd burner instead of tinkering with it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://www.psx-place.com/resources/pops-vcd-manager.1284/

      Here. Download this and convert your PSX games to vcd.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How are you able to play burned ps1 backups on ps2? Disc swap? I thought it wasn’t possible

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Gotta chip it if I’m remembering right

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Gotta chip it if I’m remembering right

        You can use mechapwn or tonyhax these days

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So I just got MX4SIO and tried loading games from it with OPL 1.1, it shows the list of games on the card but either displays "the game is fragmented" when trying to play, or starts the game and it hangs after memory card check.
    Defragging didn't help.
    Am I doing something wrong or my sd card sucks and I just need to find a compatible one?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      try using a nightly build of opl or maybe try using the new zso format for your games

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >breh let me just play snes on a ps2
    lmao youre not going to beat a single game on there and if you do youre showing no one before you lose track of the file

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Main issue with the PS2 Brew scene is the lack of interest on it, most PS2 owners are only interested in playing backups with PS2 via OPL and nothing else, it's understandable considering how difficult is to make stuff for the console and how underpowered it is compared to other popular emulation boxes, but it still would be neat to see new things for it considering is one, if not the best selling consoles ever made.
      I honestly find more enjoyable playing NES games on the QuickNes PS2-core than on my PC.

      Used to play the sailor moon beat em up all the time with my sister using PS2 Station.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >not interested
        ps2 has a huge scene for sport games and online play

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        nice

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What is this autism? Why does showing someone you beat a game matter?

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is the OoT being ported to the ps2 like mario 64 was?

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    is star wars racer revenge still unplayable on OPL?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What is the problem with it?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        doest boot up on smb or usb, heard only runs on hdd but no idea since i don't have a ps2 hdd

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I tried on the new opl compatible with exfat, used usb and didn't work

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      doest boot up on smb or usb, heard only runs on hdd but no idea since i don't have a ps2 hdd

      I tried on the new opl compatible with exfat, used usb and didn't work

      I didn't play it extensively but it seems to work fine on internal HDD.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        well damn its the one game i wanna play the most as a fan of the original game.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    im playing this right now, its weird but charming.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So if you have a MechaPwn'd 50001 console, and you use that disc patching program-
    https://www.psx-place.com/threads/psx-ps2-disc-patcher.33531/
    to "master" your PS1 games, then burn those mastered games to a CD-R, you can play pirated PS1 games natively without needing to install any HW mods to a PS1?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There's no such thing as a masterdisc for PS1 games. That only applies to PS2 games.
      If your console is mechapwn'd, burned PS1 games are plug and play. They just work.
      European and Japanese consoles need to jump through some hoops to run imports, original or burned. But American mechapwn'd consoles are region free.
      Also, you can play burned PS1 games on a PS1 without hardware mods. You can use freepsxboot, a cheat cartridge, or tonyhax.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Download Samurai Shodown Anthology
    >All games work well so far
    >try 6
    >Freeze
    Well shit, gonna have to download the stand-alone version.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Try disabling IGR (internal reset). Press triangle over that game in OPL and select settings, enable mode 6 and save. OPL has IGR enabled by default for all games and it will conflict with games that already have internal reset (like most SNK games) so you need to disable it from OPL.

      Just a general tip, If a game doesn't work, Mode 1 (accurate reads) and 6 (IGR) are usually the culprit.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Tried that and it still freezes after choosing VI.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Well shit, I can't help you further than that. Samsho Anthology is one of the few games I didn't install because it looked horrible on crt and you can't hex edit it to force it to 240p.

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have modbo 5, but flash reading is shit. Want buy hdd connector and 100 gb ssd.

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've got my phat PS2 with FMB today and an unformatted 500GB HDD coming in the post, what's the easiest way to load all my games from my PC onto the HDD with it plugged into my PC over USB? Apparently WinHIIP is old and janky as fuck so there must be a better way right? (Yes I am a clueless dickfuck thanks for asking)

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      WinHIIP is a bit janky but it works. HDL Dump should be better iirc but I've never bothered switching.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If you want to do it locally, use HDL Dump or a derivative like HDL Dumb, HDL Batch Installer, PFS-BatchKit-Manager.
      If you want to do it over the network, use HDLGameInstaller.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I use HDL dump to move the game onto the HDD, then use OPL dump to transfer the cover art and cd art images onto the HDD directly so i dont have to bother with any USB drives

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Some games don't get any input from the "regular" controllers when loaded from OPL, I think it might be some conflict with the shitty modchip the console has.
    The USB steering wheel I use works fine with the same games however. Anyone ran into the same issue and knows a solution? Maybe removing the shitty clone chip might be just the excuse to get into soldering.

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    really wish snesticle got worked on, id like to atleast be able to load roms via usb instead of having to create custom isos

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My PS2's laser is dying after 20 years of faithful service so I'm looking into replacing the laser so I can play PS1 games. I would do POPstarter but the main game I want to play through right now is FF8 and it's apparently unsupported.
    For PS2 games I have a network adaptar/fat PS2 with a 500GB drive and I'm currently in the process of filling it up with games. Currently looking into what homebrews I want, or sound good.
    Are any online games still populated? I heard MGS3 Online was patched but no idea if it's worth it to try to play if it's a ghost town.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i think people play some games still, you can check this page
      https://ps2online.com/

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    fuck can someone post the music from this bootleg ive been looking for it for a month

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    gentlemen, I have a problem.
    My dumb ass didn't put the HDD cage back into my fat ps2 when I took it apart in 2007, would that pose a problem for HDD modding it?

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Reading about all this ZSO shit just now but my PS2 has a 1 TB HDD and converting all my ISOs sounds like a major process. What's the most effective way?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Download the latest version of OPL Manager. You can process all your isos at the same time.

  21. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the only problem with ps2's retroarch is that you can't put complete romsets in a folder or else the thing crashes, so you have to make separate folders with a certain amount of games.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It is shitty, I tried it with a nes romset and the thing crashed, on fact other standalone emulators do the same

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How fucking big is your storage that you can get a COMPLETE PS2 SET fuck me. I've got like 70 games taking up 200GB on my HDD

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i said ps2's retroarch

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