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May 12, 2010 // 4:03 am - It's been awhile since the previous update, but today Ifcaro has released Open PS2 Loader v0.7 for PS3 complete with Source Code.

For those unaware, this application allows for loading PS2 iSO images on PlayStation 3 consoles with PS2 support... meaning it must be a non-Slim PlayStation 3 model with (4) USB ports.

Download: Open PS2 Loader v0.7 for PS3 / Open PS2 Loader v0.7 Source Code

PS3 Open PS2 Loader Changelog v0.7:

• Improved network startups and various fixes
• Added internal HDD support (HDL format)
• Added the ability to choose the default menu (USB, NET, HDD games)
• Added the ability to use a valid disc ID for online games
• Added a fix for modchip freezing (maybe not all modchips)
• Many new game compatibility fixes
• Added IGR (In Game Reset) with a disable per game option
• Added Alphabetical Sorting
• Changed Settings categories
• Added page scrolling (R1/L1)
• Added support for user language files
• Network support added for PS3
• Zipped Theme support
• Added PCMCIA support for the 18K

Open PS2 Loader is a 100% open source game loader compatible with
USB Advance/Extreme game format. It's more compatible and it should work without ps2load or change DNASXXX.IMG tricks.

Open PS2 Loader also is developed continuously and anyone can contribute improvements to the project.

The main objective is to support both the PS2 and the PS3 with backward compatibility.

How to use:

First, you need an USB device compatible with PS2/PS3 formatted in FAT32 (only if you want to load games from USB).

For using games directly from USB, game parts file must be perfectly
defragmented, either file by file, either by whole drive.

You can use this great software, Power Defragmenter:

For loading games by SMB protocol you need to share a folder called PS2SMB (it can be changed) make sure that it has permissions for anyone to access. The games have to be in USB Advance/Extreme format.

There are some programs
for converting games to this format. Open PS2 Loader includes an command line tool for that purpose called iso2usbld. Other utilities are: USBUtil 2.0, USB Extreme installer or USB Insane.

In PS2 you can use any of the existing methods for loading an executable ELF.

In PS3 you need to have an original SwapMagic 3.6+ or 3.8 (at the moment there aren't any other option).

The steps for loading Open PS2 Loader in a PS3 are:

1. Rename OpenPS2LD.ELF to SMBOOT0.ELF
2. Make a folder in root of USB device called SWAPMAGIC and copy SMBOOT0.ELF to it.
3. Launch SwapMagic in PS3 and press UP+L1 then Open PS2 Loader should start.

Finally, there are 4 forms for launching ELFs in SwapMagic:


Open PS2 Loader v0.7 for PS3 with Source Code is Released

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#18 - crazelunatic - May 14, 2010 // 9:32 pm
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I just got around to using Openps2loader.7 for the first time on my 80gb u.s edition ps3 (mgs4 bundle). I don't understand what the internal HDD option is for? How do I connect my ps2 hdd (formatted with hdadvance) to my ps3? I see in the network settings option the ps2 side as well as the pc side... Do I have to connect my IDE PS2 hdd to my pc? I'm guessing then I wouldnt have to reinstall every game on a usb external?

My bad aries and other mods, I keep thinking this is a ps3 prog but forget its a ps2 prog being ran with ps2 emulation.

#17 - aries2k6 - May 14, 2010 // 5:07 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by crazelunatic View Post
I take it added support for internal hdd means ur ps3 has to be networked to ur pc and not to the ps2 yes?

added support for internal hdd is for the ps2s with a hdd. No hdd supoort for the ps3. network support lets you connect the ps3 to the PC, even through wireless. speed like that isn't that great.

Just a heads up for the people who have PS3s with no EE chip. IGR doesn't work on these models because you can't boot elfs off of the mc.

Anyway great work on this program. amazing progress

#16 - netpredakonn - May 13, 2010 // 12:56 am
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Quote Originally Posted by adrianc1982 View Post
So I guess that with the ps3 network feature, there is no more movie lag or gamelag, since the problem was that playing games from usb was at usb 1.1 speeds right?

Can anyone confirm if games are full speed now running over LAN, I been waiting to play ICO a long time now. Thanks

Unfortunately, that's not the case here. The network speed it can achieve is the same the ps2 could. Looks like Sony is emulating this as well, which mean the LAN connection is not that fast. I know for a fact that in this release network speeds are much better and most games work without lags. Much more better thant USB, that's for sure.

#15 - ash x - May 12, 2010 // 10:40 pm
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Well, I can confirm that it was the Kingston stick that was giving me trouble. I tried a generic stick and it worked first time with the same files. Now I am having trouble with the network loading screen, it appears that the loader cannot see the smb share. I suspect it's either a port issue or the fact I have several shares which are quite large and it's scanning all of them (?) for available games.

#14 - laggmaster - May 12, 2010 // 8:24 pm
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very nice to see another release... gonna have to mull over the source for a lil bit...

#13 - ash x - May 12, 2010 // 7:30 pm
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I'm having trouble launching the SMBOOT0.ELF file. I boot into swap magic and then press UP+L1, the usb pendrive flashes, but then nothing happens. It's a kingston branded USB drive, i read that they tend not to work so well with PS2 homebrew? I'll try another brand just in case.

#12 - tilla - May 12, 2010 // 6:56 pm
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Is it really that simple, just press up + L1 in my swapmagic? Sounds cool.

#11 - crazelunatic - May 12, 2010 // 6:35 pm
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I take it added support for internal hdd means your ps3 has to be networked to ur pc and not to the ps2 yes?

#10 - CodeKiller - May 12, 2010 // 2:12 pm
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wow, this networked gameloader sounds fun It's a shame, the PS3 has so much restrictions.
Quote Originally Posted by livpool View Post
how did the people who made swapdisc manage to get the ps2 to read it like its an original? if they found a way to sign files i wonder why no one else has found it yet.

It doesn't need app-sign, but unburnable media signature (just some master-disc writer capable to write bootable disc). There are a bunch other non-sony-approved bootable app for ps2 like hdloader, action-replay... etc.

But you need not forget the whole stuff is only for PS2! Even if it's work on ps3 too.

#9 - Subverter - May 12, 2010 // 1:58 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by intrudermod View Post
This works with 80gb fat ps3?... because i remember the first usb loaders only worked with 60gb models.

For those unaware, this application allows for loading PS2 iSO images on PlayStation 3 consoles with PS2 support... meaning it must be a non-Slim PlayStation 3 model with (4) USB ports.