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Swap Magic (abbreviated 'SMD') is a disc (available in CD and DVD formats) which allows users to play backed-up, copied, or foreign PlayStation 2 games on their PlayStation 2.
There are many ways of enabling swapping. In original PlayStation 2 models, a "Slide Card" is available. The front of the CD tray must be removed and the slide card is used to eject the disc without the console knowing.
For the newer, Slim PlayStation 2, there are many more options, namely: replacing the original top-loading lid with a new one that allows for easy swapping, or installation of a "Magic Switch" which allows the original lid to be opened without the system realizing it. More information about "Magic Switch" can be found on the SwapMagic3 Official Web Site.
There have been many different versions of Magic Switch ranging from version 1 to 3. Version 1 is only compatible with the v12 slim ps2. Version 1 was no longer compatible with later PS2's [v13-15] as Sony had slightly changed the design of their console. To combat this, Magic Switch released version 2. This version was widely criticised as it required the user to open the console and, therefore, voided the warranty. Magic Switch responded to this criticism by releasing version 3. V3 did not require opening of the console.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of Magic Switch and similar tools is most do not void the pstwo warranty as an interior mod would.
Many other versions of the slimtool have subsequently been released, and Swap Magic is still a very popular method of playing back-ups.
Swap Magic discs cannot be backed up as they are pressed using the same copy protection used in Playstation 2 game discs. Also, these discs cannot be used to boot PlayStation games as they use a different file system than PS2 discs. For booting PSX games, a similar swap disc called Breaker Pro is used
How The Disc Works
The Swap Magic and most other non-Sony made Playstation 2 bootable discs use a method of "growing" and "splicing" stampers from original Playstation 2 discs (a method of growing a stamper from an original PS2 CD and joining a new stamper with the program data on to it; in essence, the resulting discs contain a portion of an original disc).
Datel, the first company outside Sony to make a bootable Playstation 2 CD, actually researched the protection and produced their own discs with protection in their on-site mastering facility.
Burst Cutting Area (BCA)
A BCA mark is visible to the naked eye, though it should not be confused with the IFPI mark that is on all discs. BCA is described in Annex K of the DVD physical specification. It can be seen between radius 22.3mm (+0.0/-0.4mm) and 23.5mm (+/-0.5mm). Examples of BCA discs include the failed DIVX format (not to be confused with DivX) and Nintendo GameCube game discs.
The IFPI on a DVD disc can be found on the inner ring on the underside (data side) of the disc, before the start of data in the mirror part of the disc's hub. Most contain text specified at the time of mastering; this usually consists of the string "IFPI" followed by a code describing the mastering system used, then followed by a text product description, then a bar code.
Recently, the makers of Swap Magic have released Swap Magic v3.8, also known as CODER, which adds the ability of loading Action Replay cheats to the booted game. However, some users have complained that CODER has some compatibility issues as well as known bugs. For example, some games that work on v3.6 do not work with CODER. Consequently, v3.6 remains the most popular version of Swap Magic.
Some Features Of Swap Magic 3
* No modification on your Playstation 2 console. It does not void your warranty.
* Easy installation
* Better Compatibility
* It can launch program from memory card
* Supports all PS2 Models including the latest one: SCPH-70000
* Enables playing play CD/DVD import and backup on PS2
* Must work together with non solder mod-chip, Slide Tool or Flip Top Cover.
Taken from the official Swap Magic website-
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