Reply 9260 of 18310, by LHN91
That doesn't sound surprising considering you have the original SCPH-30001 model, that was the model of the PS2 that I had durin […]wrote:
I too just finished soft-modding my fat model 30001 PS2 following this awesome guide (note: you have to use the copy of FreeMCBoot he provides; I believe it's a custom version with extra files that enables access to the FreeHDBoot's apps while running FreeMCBoot when you follow his steps).
I think my PS2's optical drive is feeling it's age. I mean, when I pop open the disc tray, it doesn't open up all the way and immediately stop; instead, as it is about to finish opening, it begins to sound like it's rubbing up against something and slows down a bit and then stops. It works, but obviously not as it should.
That doesn't sound surprising considering you have the original SCPH-30001 model, that was the model of the PS2 that I had during my childhood, I remember having hard times trying to get it to load discs. I think somehow the original optical drives don't age well.
I have an original Playstation 2 (SCPH-50001 - not the same as the one I had back then) with a Network Adapter that I wouldn't mind putting a hard drive in, I have a few spare IDE hard drives that should work with it so all I need now is a FreeMCBoot memory card.wrote:
Step 1: void the warranty. It's amazing how many of my dumb projects begin with this step.
It's not like Sony still honors the warranty on such an old console so it doesn't really matter anyway. You'd be surprised how many devices require you to "void" the warranty before you can service them. I'm sure you've noticed the Original XBOX has a few of its screws hidden underneath its stickers. 😜
There's a way to set up the hard drive for a PS2 without a FreeMCBoot card - it's how I did mine recently. Just can't seem to find the guide I used, but basically you set it up as a PS2 hard drive and write a pre-built FreeHDBoot image over to it, and the PS2 can boot from that. Maybe a bit slower than from memory card but it's totally doable. Mine's got a 500 GB IDE Seagate drive in it, boots and runs games from the drive no problem, and I still haven't bothered to make a FreeMCBoot memory card.