How to Fix Errors and Format USB Flash Drives. How can you quickly fix and format your USB flash drives and make it functional again for optimal use. USB flash drives are a great data storage and safe data transfer gadget.
Now my laser will live longer! All help will be given in the comments as usual.
[Update 2/13/08] Added link to SKS Apps. Without that site, this tutorial is nothing.
🙂 [Update 7/13/08] Added 2 new youtube videos of my own! [Update 11/25/08] I am so frickin sick of people asking why their game doesn’t work and all they see is a black screen. Is it because your game isn’t compatible?
Check out this list below and stop whining, or use swap magic and ditch the whole USB hard drive all together. The USB 1.1 performance IS NOT WORTH IT in my eyes. [Update 6-8-09] Re-wrote the whole tutorial. Will expand upon the USB Extreme GUI interface software at a later date.
[Update 6-12-09] Re-wrote major sections of the tutorial again to make it more clear. [Update 6-13-09] Added new Youtube Video tutorial on the USB Extreme Windows Installer! [Update 6-28-09] Added new Youtube Video tutorial on list of selectable games! [Update 12-18-09] Here is another source for finding compatibility list: [Update 12-25-09] Fixed the instructions, I left some important notes out. Note: USB advance is in last column.
Everything else is for HDAloader. [Update 12-26-09] Added new PS2 Slim USB Booting tutorials. [Update 1-9-10] Added free mcboot video. [Update 9-24-12] Removed old video tutorials. [Update 9-25-12] Added new video tutorial. [Update 12-6-12] Fixed video tutorials to be consistent.
Introduction The PS2 is a great console. After 9+ years, it is still going strong. With the new $99 price point, more and more people are getting the PS2 to play old school PS2 games. What better way to preserve your games and your PS2 laser than playing off the USB interface? This guide is based off of Swap Magic implementation. Wait, you can play games off the USB interface?
Yes, you can but it requires some work. Here are the PROs and Cons: Pros • Uses USB 1.1 interface (slow but better than nothing). • Saves strain on PS2 laser because using USB interface for game playing. • Can have a list of selectable games in the USBExtreme interface. • Works on both fat and slim PS2. • Novelty factor is awesome!
Cons • Game compatibility is low. • Requires USB hard drive. Highly recommend USB drives that have their own power adapter. • Flash drives can work, but the performance is so horrible its not worth doing it. • Need to have third party tool to launch the “boot CD”. This can be done with modchip, swap magic, or exploited memory card.
• DVD9 games (like God of War 2) are larger than 4.4 GB and will not work with USBExtreme. What tools do I need to make this work? Hardware/Software tool: You need to have at least one of the items below before we continue: • Modchip • Swap Magic • Exploited memory card (such as Free McBoot) IMPORTANT: For this guide, I will be using Swap Magic 3.6 CD to boot the USBExtreme disc! Blank Media: • 1 CD-R (700MB is fine) Note: I highly suggest swap magic if you are unwilling to mess with the other options. You can learn more about swap magic at this guide: Download the Software below (more detailed instructions to follow): Usb Xtreme: [Optional. Get this if you want to use the graphical user interface for easier format/game installing.] Usb Advance: [This is required.] What should I use for the USB mass storage device?
This is what I recommend: • USB 2.0 hard drive that uses its own power supply (for example, it requires power from the outlet). • A USB hard drive that is at least 10 gigs or larger is highly recommended. The average PS2 game size will vary from as low as 282 MB up to as high as 4483 MB or 4.483 GB. • Do not use laptop external hard drives which gets its power from the PS2 USB 1.1 port. It is not enough power. • You could use pen or usb flash drives, but performance will be horrible. The game will chug, and you will have ridiculously long load times, that is, if your game can load!
Note: I understand when going through this tutorial, you may see that your PS2 may not see your USB hard drive enclosure. If that is the case, please try a different USB hard drive.
I have people verifying this may fix the issue. Tutorial Begins here *drools*: • Extract the USB Advance zip file that you downloaded earlier into its own folder. You will see contents like the screenshot below: • Now double-click the USBAdvance-PC-Software. You will see two programs inside it: ul_format.exe and ul_install.exe. Extract these to your C:.
This will make more sense later. • Notice there is a.bin and a.cue file. The.cue file is 1KB, and the.bin file is 34 MB. • You need to burn the image file. Use Nero, PowerIso, Alcohol120%, ImgBurn, or any other type of CD burning software and burn this image file to your blank CD-R disc.
Once the CD-R is burnt, label it and set that disc aside. • Now extract the other zip file called “USBExtreme_wininst” to its own folder. You will now have a program called USBExtreme.exe. A dedicated section to this program will be covered later in this tutorial. Now go to preparing the USB hard drive step.
Preparing the USB hard drive: • Insert USB hard drive to your PC. • It is important that the USB hard drive is FAT32. If it is not, go to My Computer, right click the USB drive, and go to quick format for FAT32. • If your hard drive is FAT32, great. No need to format it again. • You can also launch the USBExtreme Software, go to the format tab, and tell it to format your USB drive as well as shown below. Here the I: drive is my USB drive.
Note: If you want, but not required, you can use the ul_format.exe command to format your USB hard drive. This is how to use it: • Go to Start ->Run. • Type “cmd” and press enter. • Go to your C: root. • The command to use the program is “ul_format X format” where X is your USB hard drive. • Example: My USB hard drive is E. I would type “ul_format E format”.
We are almost done. Let’s enable fast transfer speeds on your USB drive before we start copying games. Enabling fast USB hard drive transfer speeds: • Go to My Computer->Properties->Hardware->Device Manager->Disk Drives->(external one here)->Properties->Policies->Optimize for performance. Speed varies from from 1MBps to about 10-15MBps, which is pretty fast! Also, do not forget to unplug the device the proper way (that is Unplug or eject hardware) when you remove the USB drive! Installing games onto your USB hard drive: This is pretty easy. We have two methods.
Method one uses the “ul_install.exe” command, and method 2 uses the USBExtreme.exe windows software. Both programs do the same job, and the second program is easier to use for those who are novices. 🙂 Method 1: Using the command line • Insert your PS2 game into your computer’s DVD drive. • Go to Start ->Run. • Type “cmd” and press enter.
• Navigate to your C: >drive. • The command to use here is “ul_install SourceDrive TargetDrive GameName CD/DVD”. Example: • I insert Viewtiful Joe PS2 game into my computer. To verify if your game is CD or DVD format, right click on the disc and go to properties. If the file size is less 700MB or less, then it is CD format.
Anything else and it is DVD. • My DVD drive has letter H:. My USB drive is I:. • At the command prompt on my C: >drive, I type “ul_install H I ViewtifulJoe DVD”. Press enter and it will start copying the game.
See picture below: • Here it will copy the game from my DVD drive to my USB drive and prepare it in the special USB game playing format. Method 2: Using the USBExtreme Windows Software Launch the software. Insert your game. Configure the “Gamer Installer” window for your game and click start.
It will start ripping the game. Example: My DVD drive is letter H. My USB drive is I. The name of my game is The Bouncer.
The type of disc I am ripping from is DVD. After you click Start, it will prompt you: Click Yes, and then it will start ripping the game from DVD drive to the USB hard drive: When the rip is done, you will see a screen like the one below: Repeat the process over and over for additional games and you will get a list as shown below. When you load the USB drive from the PS2, this list will be selectable.
Finally you are done. Let’s play on the PS2! • Turn on PS2. Load your Swap Magic CD disc. • At the main Swap Magic screen, load your USB Advance CD-R that you burnt earlier. • Now you will be at the USBExtreme screen. • Connect USB hard drive to PS2.
Turn it on, within a few seconds, you will see your game(s) show up on the screen. Highlight your desired game, press “X”, and within 7 seconds your game will load! Troubleshooting 1) Make sure to make your USB hard drive partition a primary. I am not sure if it needs to be logical drive, but I made my drive a primary partition. Visit SKS Apps. Video Tutorials [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCwGs3aLZ3A&list=PL8FB2D7062B84BBBA&index=18]. I already have a modded PS2.
I’ll go the burned CD/DVD path. I downloaded three of your vids just for this: the Free McBoot installation to another card vid, the uLaunchElf burn vid, and the Use FMCB Configurator to Install uLaunchElf thing, so I skipped the others since those are the initial requirements right? SwapMagic, modded PS2, tape tissue trick? Sorry dude if you’re getting exhausted answering questions like this, I really really want to do this. Still, I’ll check out this vid, looks easy to implement. I’ll let you know if I make a success out of this operation.
Thanks for your help! Hey dude, I installed the FreeMcBoot on my memory card and it installs fine for both Normal and Multi install, and it boots when I test it, but the problem is when I try to open some of the apps on the FMCB browser, they only open for 5 secs then the PS2 dies(red light). I tried OPL, uLaunchElf, and even the FreeMcBoot Configurator, and that’s what happens. Strangely, the SMS thing works.
I tried formatting my mc, reinstalling, the stuff still happens. Gmod 11 Cracked Server List. Now, the flash drive where I have the Noobie package in has.ELF files and I try to run the stuff from there and it works. What could be the problem? My PS2’s a 70004. That I don’t know.
It says MagicGate and it says made in some place in Japan on the back, plus it came with a memory card cover(if it matters, lol). I bought it second hand. I went to the FreeMcBoot forums in the SKSApps site and this is the exact section(This will be a big paste from that link with my answers on the items below) Some of the apps launched by FMCB dont work, what can i do?
FMCB is a simple application launching program and is independent of those apps it launches. You must first determine that they are working properly from other launching methods. If not, consult the forums in a thread for the app giving you problem to see if there are problems/solutions already available. If its only a problem with FMCB: – Check that the filenames and file locations match the FREEMCB.CNF configuration paths (I checked and the config is the default one.) – Check to see if the device the apps are launching from are properly connected (It’s connected, I guess, since the PS2 boots off FMCB) – Check to see the USB device formatted to FAT32 (This line has nothing to do with it, I guess, since I installed FMCB from my USB stick perfectly) – Device that ELF is launched from is not compatible (Could this line pertaining to my PS2 or memory card?
Why does SMS open then? Also, if it’s a problem with my modchip, then why does the ELF files work fine if I use the ones on the USB stick?) – USB IRX drivers not present in MC’s SYS-CONF folder for USB launched apps (Haven’t checked on this one, but when I launch the apps from the USB, everything works fine) – Paths are assigned to a device in the FREEMCB.CNF which is not supported by FMCB. Use uLaunchELF instead.
(This sounds likely, but I don’t know what this thing means. I use uLaunchElf to launch the ELF files from my USB and they work. Guess I’ll try launching the ELF files from the memory card using uLaunchElf. But doesn’t FMCB support memory cards?) Basically, I’m quite devastated that it installed perfectly only to have it not working perfectly. Heck, even FreeMcBoot Configurator doesn’t work properly.
Hey dude, I have some questions. I sent of my memory card that has a problematic FMCB installed in it(5 seconds after I click an item on the FMCB menu it opens for a bit then the PS2 dies) to a friend and asked him to test if it works for him. It doesn’t even boot in his PS2, he told me. Now I have another person whom I ask about this FMCB stuff, and he told me these things: 1. If you install a FMCB into a memory card, only a PS2 with the same version where the FMCB was installed can run that FMCB. Say I installed my PS2’s a 70004 then I sent it to my friend which has another version of a PS2, it wouldn’t work. Is this true?
Then what’s the point of the whole send the memory card to the volunteers thing? Does it mean they should know what the PS2 version of the person sending the memory card is before hand? I was told that if you install FMCB on a memory card, it wouldn’t get deleted, EVER. Even if you format the memory card.
He said that it would be installed in the system of the memory card, maybe the memory that can’t be accessed by your saves. How true is this? It’s because I installed 1.8 then tried 1.7(to no avail) and back to 1.8 again and he said that some of the files might now conflict on my memory card and I was just basically screwed. Is this true? I have installed FMCB for a lot of users.
Here are the facts in no particular order: 1) Use multi-install for FMCB. By doing this method, the FMCB will work on any PS2 as long it is not a SCPH-9XXXX model. 2) I have a fat and slim PS2, two different versions. I have users send me their memory card, and their PS2 is like a SCPH-70000, and I own a SCPH-70012. I do multi-install, and the FMCB memory card will work in their PS2, even though their model number is not exactly mine.
2.a) However, it is critical that the region is the same. Do not try to install FMCB with a PAL PS2, and then try to make that work in a NTSC PS2 console. I am not sure how to fix it, as I am strictly NTSC. 3) If you have FMCB installed, I tell users to NEVER format the memory card. Hell, I did it myself, and it will erase your FMCB files and make it like a normal memory card.
I have the FMCB tools, so I can install/uninstall/format at will. Whoever said you can format your FMCB memory card and still have FMCB installed cannot be true. I’ve done it first hand, and saw it turn into a regular memory card. I also only use official Sony MagicGate memory cards, although I have heard some users were able to install FMCB to a 32, 64, or 128MB memory card only after they were using an original MagicGate 8MB memory card. Hope that helps! Hey dude, so I tried installing the FMCB to the memory card of my friend, but alas, same error persists.
Now I tried messing up with the FMCB configurator, and now the thing works differently. Here’s what I did: 1. In the FMCB Configurator ODSYS options, I set the path to the links as follows: PATH1 = MC?: PATH2 = MC?: PATH3 = MC?:B?-SYSTEM/ Now for a moment I thought it worked. ULaunchElf worked. FMCB Configurator worked. But alas, only for a fleeting moment.
When I configure FMCB to that config, I can boot of FMCB and run an app perfectly just once. But after I reset the PS2, the problem returns where the apps only open up for 5 seconds then PS2 dies. This is really weird.
My PS2 is 70004, and according to everything I’ve researched on FMCB should work on my PS2 without any hitches. Could it be my modchip? Someone told me my modchip seems to be generic.
If you want, I could record a vid and post it up Youtube so you can see the error in action. Hi Versatile.
I have just inherited a PS2 and am now beginning to play all the games that were so great 10 years ago. I managed to get everything set up and ready to go.
However when I insert the USB Advance CD, all I get is a blank screen which returns to the browser after a few seconds. The CD reader spins faster and it seems that it recognises it as a PS2 disc, however it crashes back to the browser before the USB Advance interface boots up.
I have a fat PS2 with a Myth chip.