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November 20, 2010 // 1:59 am - While we don't normally see a lot of PS2 homebrew news, today TnA reports that SP193 released his program PS2ESDL / PlayStation 2 External Storage Device Games Loader for PS2 consoles.

Download: PS2ESDL v0.800 OpenBeta

From the ReadMe file, to quote:

How to launch/use PS2ESDL:

- Install your games onto a USB disk (Prefably a hard disk) that was formatted with the FAT32 filesystem.
- Defragment your disk after you install your games. PS2ESDL assumes that your game files are contiguous. Therefore FILE FRAGMENTATION IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!
- Launch PS2ESDL in your favourite way.
- Plug in your USB disk that has your games on it.
- Start your game by pressing either the CIRCLE, CROSS or START buttons. Hold the necessry buttons/triggers to invoke the necessary cache size settings and compatibility modes as you do so.

About the patches.ppi file that comes with PS2ESDL: Put it in the same directory where you're launching the main PS2ESDL executable from (It's necessry for compatibility with Armored Core Nine Breaker)!

Additional Notes:

- PS2ESDL supports it's own game format, the new PS2ESDL version 1.10 format (Not v1.00!!).
- It also supports the traditional USBExtreme format.
- Your USB disk must be FAT32 formatted, defragmented and have NO bad sectors (Your image file(s) may be "fragmented" then!).
- There is no USB support in games (You will probably be able to run games that use USB devices, but the game won't be able to access them).


PS2ESDL / PlayStation 2 External Storage Device Games Loader

PS2ESDL / PlayStation 2 External Storage Device Games Loader

PS2ESDL / PlayStation 2 External Storage Device Games Loader

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#12 - helladamnleet - February 25, 2013 // 8:46 pm
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Works with NBA Live 2004

#11 - moja - September 13, 2011 // 7:05 pm
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Wow, I have a phat with network adapter and HD Loader, but I haven't duested off my PS2 in years. You, sir, just gave me another use for my media server and old PS2s. +rep!

#10 - PS4 News - July 27, 2011 // 2:14 pm
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Here is an update from SP193 to PS2ESDL v0.821 with Firewire Support Plugin and Sourcecode for those following: psx-scene.com/forums/content/ps2esdl-0-821-firewire-support-plugin-sourcecode-released-1279/

Download: PS2ESDL v0.821 OB / PS2ESDL v0.821 OB (Source Code) / IEEE1394/Firewire/iLink plugin/extension for v0.820/v0.821 / PS2DCDMP v0.99 + Upgrader (v1.20 to v1.22) + FixCRC utility
PS2-Developer SP193 released 'PS2ESDL'/'Playstation 2 External Storage Device Loader' 0.820 and shortly there-after version 0.821, which fixed a listing-bug. PS2ESDL is another 'Game-loader' for loading PS2-games from external devices, such as USB and FireWire/iLink.

  • This release-build features something cool&new, which I consider as a really BIG IMPROVEMENT: FireWire-Support! You can load your games from a FireWire-HDD now.
  • Plugin-Support (the game-loader normally only supports USB, but it could be extended by 'plugins'. The firewire-support is the first plugin available for it.)
  • ISO-Support
  • New kind of skinning-support
  • Source opened!

Brief list of changes since v0.810:

  • Skinning support.
  • Improved skinning support over the skinning support in v0.816.
  • Performance has improved by approximately 10%
  • Plugin support.
  • iLink/Firewire/IEEE1394 support (As plugin).
  • ISO9660 disc image (.ISO file) support.
  • Exit function (Hold R1+SELECT to exit to the OSDSYS).
  • Some bugs were fixed.
  • sceCdSync() now supports mode 17 again (A handful of games need this).
  • New patch file released to support Rugby League 2 and Iron Man.
  • Graphics corruption should no longer be visible when using the PAL video mode.
  • Game title sorting option added.
  • PS2ESDL game format v1.22 support.

Unfortunately, the compatibility of the iLink-Drivers isn't really high to FireWire-Cases. But fortunately, he also released the source of those drivers. So if there's anyone outside, which reads this and might be able to help him (be it with tests, or coding), just do it!

Only the Oxford 934 chipset has been confirmed to be compatible. PS2ESDL is currently the only Homebrew-application on PS2, which supports FireWire and it is now also OPEN SOURCE, like 'Open PS2 Loader'/OPL.

#9 - Starlight - November 25, 2010 // 7:50 pm
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Well if have FreeMC Boot installed or if you haven't check out this thread on the site here as you will need ulaunchelf installed to load this elf file of this program.

But if you haven't got FreeMC Boot installed then you will have to get someone with a modded ps2 to do it or copy it from a memory card that already has the FreeMB Boot on it to your memory card, and you can then just put this PS2ESDL files on your memory card or usb stick and use ulaunchelf from the FreeMC Boot to load it.

Once you get this FreeMC Boot installed you can get familiar with it and use the ulaunch program that will be on the FreeMC Boot.

#8 - bubuf - November 23, 2010 // 6:00 pm
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how can i launch this? anyone can explain me?

#7 - Starlight - November 21, 2010 // 7:36 pm
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Sounds pretty good but i can maybe see one thing that might slow down the gameplay, the ps2's usb port is version 1.1 i believe and the transfer rate for a lot of the games i tried back then were just lagging in the game play, now if they ever came with a addon to make it usb 2.0 then we would be in business as gameplay should be normal then.

Since i have to double post which will be merged as 3 mins editing time is not enough i believe, but i am going to give this a whirl as i have the whole ps2 thing still setup to test this.

#6 - Warrorar - November 20, 2010 // 4:14 pm
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nice one, i will test that out with my memorycard hacked ps2

let's see if it works. because many games don't work on the memorycard way =/

#5 - IbizaCupra - November 20, 2010 // 2:25 pm
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Keep up the good work mate!!!

Would love to see more of your work soon.

#4 - dulal - November 20, 2010 // 1:21 pm
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wow good job working on it lol, but i finally thought someone made a ps2 iso loader for ps3 pkg not elf too bad.

#3 - hacked2123 - November 20, 2010 // 3:23 am
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OPL 0.7 is signifcantly more advanced and OPL 0.8 is being worked on every day.

SMB share in OPL blows this out of the water.