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    Default [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    --Introduction--
    Firstly, although the staff of PS2iso do not recommend using this method (something about lack of compatibility and slow loading), I'd recommend it for those with Slim PS2s, or those who don't wanna risk killing their PS2's laser. Secondly, onto the "lack of compatibility". This only seems to matter for HDadvance or USB extreme, both of which are paid for products. USB Advance is free and is actually better than both paid-for alternatives. And finally- "slow loading". Sure, initial loading takes some time (about 6-10 seconds per game for me), and there is sometimes a bit of lag (usually hard to notice), but nothing that'll "break" your games. Now, onto the tutorial.

    --Preparation--
    Firstly, you'll need all the files in THIS- (uploading all the files you need).
    Secondly, although the USB Extreme site and program tells you your drive needs to be in NTFS, USBadvance works best with a FAT 32 drive. So, format your USB memory stick or external hard-drive to FAT32. If you format it as NTFS, the program will NOT "find" your drive, and you'll feel like an idiot (found out the hard way ).
    Thirdly, you'll need ANY PS1 disc. You'll find out just why later.
    Fourthly, you'll need an Action Replay with ANY form of save file transfer, and a USB drive (NOT the one you're using with USBadvance) in the FAT format in order to transfer your save.

    --Tutorial (step-by-step)--
    Phase 1- Creating the exploit.
    1. enter the "exploit utility" folder and run the "PS2 exploit utility" file.
    2. If asked to update, then don't. This just wastes time, and this version works perfectly.
    3. Move on to the "title.db" tab, then insert your PS1 game disc.
    4. Select the CD drive your PS1 disc is in, then click "get ID from CD". You can then eject the PS1 disc from the PC.
    5. Move on to the "files" tab, click on "browse for file", and choose the "USBAdvance.elf" file. Then click add.
    6. Move on to region, and choose your PS2's region (NTSC for Americans, PAL for europeans and Australians).
    7. Then, move on to the "Create Exploit" tab, choose the "memory card format" option, and click "create exploit". After that's saved, you can close the exploit utility.

    Phase 2- Creating and transferring the save file of the exploit.
    1. open the "PS2 save builder.exe" file.
    2. open the file made by the exploit utility (it's in the C:\IsCentral directory).
    3. save the file as an "AR MAX V3 (*.max) file on your USB drive (the USB drive used for transferring save files to the PS2).
    4. Insert the USB drive into the TOP USB port on your PS2.
    5. Turn on your PS2, and insert your action replay.
    6. Go to the "Max Drive" interface, and choose your primary device as "Memory Card Slot 1".
    7. Delete your PS2's system information, then change primary device to "Max Drive".
    8. Wait for Action Replay to scan your USB stick, then select the exploit file. Choose "uncrush to memory card slot 1", and wait for it to copy.
    9. When the file is copied, you can reset your PS2 and eject the Action Replay Disc.
    10. Check the exploit by inserting the PS1 disc you used earlier, and waiting for it to load. If the exploit worked properly, you'll get a (very bland) main screen with the options "file Browser" and "configuration".
    11. Press circle. If you've got this far, you can move on to installing games onto your USB hard drive.

    Phase 3- Installing and playing games.
    1. Download some PS2 Isos (I've heard there's a good site called www.ps2iso.net ).
    2. Make sure you have disc mounting software such as Alcohol 120%. If you don't want to crack Alcohol 120%, then Daemon Tools is the best free alternative, if you have an adware blocker.
    3. Mount your ISO(s) using your disc mounting software. I'd recommend only using ONE virtual drive, and installing the games one-by-one.
    4. run the "usb extreme.exe" file.
    5. choose your USB hard drive's drive letter in the right drop down menu, and the drive letter of your vitual drive in the left drop down menu. The "Media Type" menu should be obvious as uploaders usually post this. If they didn't, tough luck, you're gonna have to guess. But if the ISO is under 700 MB, chances are it's a "CD".
    6. Give your game an appropriate name (for example "Ratchet And Clank 2") and press start.
    7. It'll take a few minutes as it converts, but usually no longer than 10 minutes.
    8. After conversion has finished, you can close the program, and disconnect your hard drive.
    9. Connect your hard drive to your PS2 (Again, use the UPPER USB port, though it doesn't really matter this time round).
    10. Run the exploit (IE- insert the PS1 disc used earlier into your PS2).
    11. Enter the file browser, and navigate to "Memory Card 0:" then the "[gibberish]SYSTEM_DATA" folder.
    12. Run the "USB advance.elf" file.
    13. After the splash screen, wait while the program reads your Hard drive (this'll only take a few seconds).
    14. choose your game from the list, and press X.
    Congratulations, you're now running your game.

    --Credits and other stuff--
    If you have any other questions, please PM me or email me at "tuddy666(at)gmail.com".
    Screenshots will be coming soon, just need to find my camera.
    No other people to thank atm, other than the people who made USB advance, and all other exploits etc used.
    \"As you can guess, I am an ESPer. It\'s probably best to call me that.\"- Itsuki Koizumi<br />

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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    ive heard u can do this with an ipod as well. So i tried it with my ipod (classic 80g) formatted to FAT 32 but whenever USB Advance loads the ipod wont show up. It will charge though but it wont come up as a drive on the ps2. I tried it in disk mode but it still wont show up. By any chance do you know the solution to this?

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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    USB Advance is a paid for version. But you can get an ELF version which is free from the internet. There's a lack of compatibility for usb extreme and advance. Just look on some compatibility lists, about 10% of all games work.

    I still stick by it, usb extreme and advance are rubbish. But don't let that stop you trying it now a tutorial's here, just don't buy an external hdd just for this.

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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    Quote Originally Posted by asianman231
    ive heard u can do this with an ipod as well. So i tried it with my ipod (classic 80g) formatted to FAT 32 but whenever USB Advance loads the ipod wont show up. It will charge though but it wont come up as a drive on the ps2. I tried it in disk mode but it still wont show up. By any chance do you know the solution to this?
    na, I don't know, sorry.

    Also, TD, Extreme is the paid-for version. Advance is a free version made by members of ps2scene.org. That, and most games DO work in FAT 32, I blame the testers using FAT. I mean, games take about 5 mins to load in FAT, yet only 10-20 seconds if you use FAT32. I've tried a few popular games (FFX, DBZ budokai, Ratchet and Clank etc), and although some of 'em take their time, they do load and play with pretty much no lag. But it's your opinion, I doubt I can change it.
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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    PS2-Scene said they did not release it, they found a cracked copy of usb extreme on the net and it was renamed to usb advance. Do a bit of googling

    And it's not opinion, I got the usb advance elf, just tried it with a spare 40gb hdd and an enclosure I had lying around, the HDD is detected, the games dump fine but FFX and GTA SA don't even boot. But if anyone wants to try it.. go for it, it might be different for you.

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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    Quote Originally Posted by T D
    PS2-Scene said they did not release it, they found a cracked copy of usb extreme on the net and it was renamed to usb advance. Do a bit of googling

    And it's not opinion, I got the usb advance elf, just tried it with a spare 40gb hdd and an enclosure I had lying around, the HDD is detected, the games dump fine but FFX and GTA SA don't even boot. But if anyone wants to try it.. go for it, it might be different for you.
    Ah, I see. I didn't know that. As for the hard drive, it all really depends on the brand and the format. My freecom drive works very well (500GB, seperated into 2 partitions- one for PS2 games, one for everything else) with it, though my friend's drive (some random made-in-China brand whose name I can't spell) doesn't work that well. It loads most games we've tested, but slower than my drive did when it was in FAT.
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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    *sorry about this double post, but I found something pretty interesting*

    this may help you from the hardrive advance forum by ddetkowski:

    Re: USB Extreme user. Not compatible with most games ??????
    Problem with USB Extreme? Look here for answers!
    First off, I am writing this to help others since many users apparently have trouble getting games to work.

    I just bought a slim PS2 and USB Extreme after reading about it online. I am a technical guy, so I figured $30 to play backed up ISO images was a fair price. Got myself a USB2 enclosure, popped in a Western Digital 120 GB drive, and got to work.

    *** Important Note ***
    I spent days trying to get games to work, games that were listed as working with no luck at all, just a black screen. Good news is that I found the problem. The Windows based USB Extreme software is no good. Stick with the DOS based software, and you will have no more problems....

    *** Game Compatibility List ***
    Use: http://jaydium.servehttp.com/usbextreme/gamelist.php



    Getting Started:

    1. The first step is to fire up the Windows XP Disk Manager, and partition your entire USB drive as an NTFS partition. (Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Select Disk Management on the left tree menu) You want to make this partition a Primary partition, not a logical partition. Note the drive letter given to your partition, you need that later.

    2. Download the DOS tools here (http://www.hdadvance.com/download/USBeXtreme.zip) and unzip the files to your C:\. (Yes, right at C:\, makes it easier.)

    3. Now we need to prepare your hard drive by formatting it with the DOS based USBExtreme ul_format.exe. Simply click Start --> Run --> Type "cmd" --> Click OK to open a DOS prompt. Now type: cd c:\ followed by the enter key. Now we will format your USB drive. Type: ul_format.exe _DRIVE_LETTER_ FORMAT, where you replace _DRIVE_LETTER_ with the letter of your drive. Say when I partitioned, my drive had been labelled H:, I would type this: ul_format.exe H FORMAT and press enter. When your drive has formatted, you are ready for the next step.

    4. We can now install our first game, granted you have an ISO image ready to go. Start by mounting your ISO with your favourite ISO mounting utility (Alcohol 120%, Daemon Tools, etc...). After mounting your drive, return to the DOS prompt and get to the C:\ again. Now you can install your game. Type: ul_install.exe _SOURCE_DRIVE_ _TARGET_DRIVE "GAME NAME" DVD/CD. Lets say for instance, that my ISO is "Final Fantasy X", and I know that it is over 700MB, so it is a DVD. Drive H is my USB Hard Drive, and Drive E is my ISO mounter's drive name. My command would be: ul_install.exe E H "Final Fantasy X" DVD. Simply press enter and wait for the ISO to write to your drive.

    5. Now that you have installed a game, remember to use Window XP's Removable hardware utility to disconnect your drive.

    6. Try out your new game! With the PS2 and USB Drive off, plug the USB drive into the PS2. Power on the drive, then power on the PS2. After 15 seconds or so you should be looking at your games list. If you see nothing, just a format drive option, simply power off the PS2, power off the hard drive, and try again in the same order. 75% of the time, I have to boot twice to get the games list to show.


    *** Closing Notes ***

    I hope this guide will help some people, as my first time around, I loaded 5 games via the Windows utility, and was going balistic trying to get the whole setup working properly. Stick with the DOS version, and you will be fine. Enjoy!

    I now have a list of about 10 games installed, and the all play perfectly. The only issue is choppy FMV sequences, due to the USB bandwidth. If you can get over the odd choppy video sequence, you will have a great time.
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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    Oiii... dont' link to to other forums... read the rules...

    Anyway, if anyone wants to give that a try then they can, but I'm not bothering anyway since I have an internal hdd.

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    So basically this application lets our USB Flash Memory or HDD to be well connected to the ps2 and play games from there ?

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    Default Re: [Tutorial] Using USB Advance on your PS2

    USB HDD is MUCH preferable to flash drive.

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