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.
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
---➣ uLaunchELF_v4.12_CD OR uLaunchELF_v4.12_DVD
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]
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...
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
Start off by inserting the genuine PS2 Disc into drive
Please Read this a few times before attempting
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
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)
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!