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zapptheman

How to | Install Free MC Boot on most slim PS2

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zapptheman    171

Hi guys. Throwing it back old school with a PS2 Tutorial. 

 

Today i will be showing you guys how to install FMCB with ANY ps2 game disc on most slim consoles (not including 9x models - these are untested)

 

Please watch the video below for instructions, otherwise please read below, there will be a written tutorial for more advanced modders who do not need videos.

 

 

Okay guys so what you will need today

 

---➣ Phillips screw driver
---➣ Flat head screw driver
---➣ Magnet (not needed but good to hold screws)
---➣ Hobby Knife (not needed but Recommended)
---➣ Memory card
---➣ USB (Formatted to FAT)
---➣ At least 2 burnable DVD discs
---➣ A PS2 game to do the swap with

---➣ Blue Tack or tape of a sort (blue tack recommended)

 

Okay, Firstly you will need to disassemble your ps2

 

There are 6 screws on the slim console underneath it, the back 2 rubber feet come off, and then just pop off the remaining 4 covers. one of them may be under the warranty seal (cut that crap out... there ain't no more warranty)

 

Once you remove these screws, you must separate the ps2 from the back first at the fatter section (where the power port is), 

then move to the front where the memory card slot is, and finally move down to the thin end.

 

You will need to tilt the cover up from the fat end in order to separate/gain leverage on the thin end

 

Once you have the lid off, congratulations!!! now we can jam the sensors

 

Please see image below of sensor locations. one is on the power button board and the other is next to the back of the disc drive caddy to the left of it on the main board.

 

UKeCtZV.jpg

 

You can use either Tape or Bluetack to keep the sensors down, it is recommended you use Bluetack as i found it stuck better and did not come off at all.

 

Now you have set your PS2 up for the swap trick. Congratulations!!!!

 

On to the computer

 

Download my package full of all the files you will need. otherwise you can download these files from sksapps.com

 

---➣ MY PACKAGE 

---➣ Apache1.1

---➣ Apache3Preview

---➣ COGSWAP

---➣ uLaunchELF_v4.12_CD OR uLaunchELF_v4.12_DVD

---➣ Noobie_Package

 

Download and extract these to a folder where you would like to save them

 

Now Grab a disc you do not care if you damage as we will be using this for the swap

 

Take note of the disc. It is recommended that you use a DVD as the swap disc. this can be seen on the front. it will say "DVD" or "Compact Disc"

 

Insert the game you have chosen into your pc's DVD drive

 

Now open Apache3Preview (DO NOT LET IT UPDATE - it will not function if it does) 

 

You will need to click on the drop down menu and select your DVD drive. 

 

Once the DVD is loaded up, you will need to click the option to "Create ISO" its the one that looks like a disc with an arrow

 

Wait until ISO is successfully created.

 

Once this is done you will need to open Apache1.1

 

Press the Browse button in Apache1.1 and select your newly created ISO file

 

You should now be able to see the files inside the ISO

 

Now open windows explorer and go to the DVD drive. Open the directory to view files on disc. It should look the same as Apache1.1

 

Locate the file that says system.cnf 

 

Copy and paste this file anywhere as we only need it for just a moment. 

 

If you have a text editor you can open this in your text editor to view contents, otherwise change file type to .txt and open with windows notepad

 

on the first line you should see something like this

 

BOOT2 = cdrom0:\SLES_536.36;1 

 

Now, my one says "SLES_536.36", but your one will most likely be different. take note of the file name.

 

You can now close the explorer window with the Disc open and go back to Apache1.1

 

Now you should see a file with the same name as the one from the text document. (This is the file we are going to modify)

 

You must now extract your version of Cogswap and rename it to the name of the file on your disc. (for example, i would name my cogswap as "SLES_536.36")

 

Now you must Right Click on the cogswap file we just renamed and press "PROPERTIES" to view file information. 

 

You should now be able to view the size of the file in Bytes (Perfect!!)

 

Take note of the size, keep the window open

 

Go back to Apache1.1 and Select the file we are modifying 

 

Click on menu option "ISO Tools" and then click "change TOC for selected file"

 

You must modify the size value to the one of cogswap shown in properties. it is show as a byte value.

 

DO NOT MODIFY LBA [make big an bold and red]

 

Click update!

 

Now select the file we are replacing again and go to the same menu like so -- ISO Tools --> Updaate selected file

 

Now browse for the cogswap file we renamed to the one on the disc, select it and open it. This should now be updated in the ISO (Yayyy!!!)

 

Close Apache1.1 as it auto saves to the ISO

 

Now chose a method of your own to burn this ISO to a DVD, i just used the burn option in Apache3Preview. 

 

MAKE SURE YOU SELECT SLOWEST BURN SPEED (YOU CAN NOT USE REWRITABLE MEDIA - DVD RW)

 

Press Burn and wait... Setting himself On fire animated emoticon

 

Congratulations!!! You now have your swap disc

 

We must now create the uLaunchELF_v4.12 disc

 

Decide weather you are using a CD or a DVD to launch uLaunchELF_v4.12

 

Open the RAR file and either Burn the DVD .ISO to a DVD, or burn the CD .bin file to a CD with a burning tool of choice

 

Now we have uLaunchELF_v4.12 Disc!!!!

 

Last Step for the computer

 

Insert a USB of choice (no need for anything larger than 500mb)

 

You must format this USB to FAT.

 

This can be achieved by right clicking on the USB in explorer and selecting format --> FAT --> Quick --> start (BE WARNED THIS WILL WIPE ALL FILES OFF USB)

 

Now open Noobie_Package and copy "INSTALL" folder and "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF" to your usb

 

That is all for the computer now guys. On to the tricky part

 

Booting Cogswap 

 

Start off by inserting the genuine PS2 Disc into drive

 

Please Read this a few times before attempting

 

Spoiler

Turn on PS2

Watch Boot Screed

When Playstation2 logo pops up you must wait until screen goes black

As soon as screen is black you must remove genuine disc, and insert cogswap disc

(you have a 4 second window to perform this swap)

Once you get the cogswap disc in there count to 3

Quickly swap back to genuine disc so when PS2 goes to check copyright it can see that there is genuine disc and not burned disc

If all goes well you should have cogswap open on the screen

 

(This process may take a few attempts - Be patient and keep trying)

 

 

Congratulations, that was the hardest part!!!

 

Now that you have cogswap open, if you selected burning Ulaunch to a DVD you can remove the Genuine game disc and insert the ulaunch disc

 

If you did not, please open this spoiler

 

Spoiler

Remove the Genuine disc and insert a CD based PS2 disc or a PS1 disc

Remove the tape or Bluetack from the front sensor for a moment

The disc will spin up and then stop again

If you look on the screen it should be black or blue

You can put the tape or Bluetack back on the sensor

Now remove the Genuine disc and insert your burned Ulaunch disc

 

Back to main

 

Now insert your USB with noobie package on it

 

Now you can press [X] to boot the Ulaunch disc

 

Once loaded press [O] and navigate to "Mass" directory and hit [O]

 

Now you should see "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF" Navigate to this and hit [O] to launch

 

Tadaaaaa, you now have the FreeMC Boot installer open. 

 

Make sure you have a memory card inserted

 

Select what you would like to use for your boot method. (Normal or Multi) 

 

Spoiler

Normal installs on the memory card so it can only be used on the one system which the installer was run on

Multi means you can take the memory card out and boot it on all PS2 models from the same region

 

I selected Multi so i can use the card on other systems

 

Wait until it is finished. This may take a few minutes

 

One it is complete, navigate to "Launch FMCB" and Voula, you should be booted into FMCB

 

Attempt to reboot your console to double check it worked, make sure to remove all discs, you should be greeted with FMCB menu

 

Congratulations you have now successfully installed FMCB without having to pay a cent for any games or swap discs like 007.

 

You can now remove any bluetack, sensor jamers you used and reverse disassembly to reassemble.

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Peace out guys! 

Edited by zapptheman
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marvin    26

Nice tutorial. Anyway I can't understand one thing. Why we can't use "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF" in place of cogswap at start? 

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12 hours ago, marvin said:

Nice tutorial. Anyway I can't understand one thing. Why we can't use "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF" in place of cogswap at start? 

Have you tested this by any chance? 

 

I believe that we cannot put FREE_MCBOOT.ELF in there because it needs other files which are stored in the installation folder. 

 

As a result, if we tried putting them on the disc it may change the size of the disc and the location in which the files are stored, therefore causing an issue when swapping. this way keeps everything where it should be as we are only modifying an existing file. 

 

For example, if the laser is expecting to find the launch elf in a certain spot, and we add more files to the disc, we could potentially change the location of the file it is seeking, which will then not allow for the ps2 to boot into it. 

 

Then again i could be completely wrong, but if you would like to give it a go, please do as i am interested to see the outcome

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2 hours ago, zapptheman said:

Have you tested this by any chance? 

 

Sorry I don't have PS2 with working drive. 

 

2 hours ago, zapptheman said:

I believe that we cannot put FREE_MCBOOT.ELF in there because it needs other files which are stored in the installation folder. 

 

Not sure that FMCB installer need all those files to install. But your point make sense as installer elf itself just install FMCB if not find other files like OPL or ESR. So we land in point where we have FMCB but can't use it. So you're right here. :)

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, marvin said:

Sorry I don't have PS2 with working drive. 

 

Not sure that FMCB installer need all those files to install. But your point make sense as installer elf itself just install FMCB if not find other files like OPL or ESR. So we land in point where we have FMCB but can't use it. So you're right here. :)

 

 

 

 

perhaps if we could boot ulaunch.elf from the disk it may work, unfortunately with my testing i could not get ulaunch.elf to boot without using cogswap. 

 

maybe my timing was still off

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