So you want to install OpenPS2Loader on your PS2. Well, that’s good as it offers many great additions to your Playstation. One of the favourite abilities is the capability to play games from my network SSD raid array. In this howto, we will show you how to install OpenPS2Loader on to your PS2 that is running Free McBoot properly. Now for this how to we are going to assume you have already installed Free McBoot. If not we will soon have a tutorial here until then google will be your friend.
Tools For Installing OpenPS2Loader
- PS2 Running Free McBoot (Mine is a Fat SCPH-50002)
- Fat-Formatted USB Thumb Drive (I am using a Sandisk 16gb)
- OpenPS2Loader – Download From Bitbucket (I used the latest OPL 0.9.3.ELF with no variation)
Step 1: Get OpenPS2Loader
First, we need to get ourselves a copy of OpenPS2Loader. Download the version we used in this how to from the link in the tools section. Once you have OPL, open up the zip and copy the OPNPS2LD.ELF to the root directory of your USB.
Step 2: Copy to Free McBoot
Now boot up your PS2 with Free McBoot and plug-in your USB containing your OPL ELF file. Once booted head on over to uLaunchELF. Tap circle on your controller to browse then head into the mass:/ directory to browse your USB. Press the down button on your d-pad until you get to the OPNPS2LD.ELF that you placed on your USB. Once you have selected the .ELF file click your R1 button to bring up menu panel, then tap circle to copy the file to your clipboard.
After copying that to your clipboard head back to the root by pressing the circle button on the ‘../’ directory on your screen. To finish the copy go to the Boot directory of your Free McBoot install. For us, its located at MC0:/BOOT/, yours should be something similar. Once you are in your boot directory leave ../ selected and again hit your R1 button on your controller. If it’s not already selected scroll down to the Paste option and hit circle. uLaunchELF will pop up a transfer information windows. The transfer should take about 3 seconds and when it’s complete both the transfer window and the menu will close leaving you with OPNPS2LD.ELF copied to the boot folder. Hit the SELECT button in the middle of your controller to make sure everything is done, then reboot your PS2 for the next step.
Step 3: Add Menu Link To Free McBoot
After your PS2 has rebooted, you will notice that OpenPS2Loader does not make an appearance on our boot screen. Why is that you ask? Well, this is because we have to tell Free McBoot we want a link to this software to appear on our main screen.
To do this, head down to Free McBoot Configurator in the menu and hit enter. For the button layout, I just hit the X button as I found it a bit easier to navigate but real free to use the other option if you prefer. Now that the configurator has loaded, select the Configure OSDSYS options… In the OSD Settings scroll down to Configure Item 1, using the right button on your d-pad to scroll until you get to your first empty item and hit your OK button.
In the items, settings select the name option. For use, we entered OpenPS2Loader as the name, got to the ok option when you are done. Next, we set the path For OPL. We have only placed this in one location so we can select Path1. From here we have to select the location we placed OpenPS2Loader, for this install it was at mc0:/BOOT/OPNPSLD.ELF. once you have selected the install location to make sure your screen looks like the one bellow or very similar based on your set up.
Now that the menu option is finished we can safely hit the Return option and then the Return option again at the next screen. On the home screen select the Save CNF to MC0 option to save the configuration. Now it is safe to select the PS2 Browser (FMCB Restart) option to boot back into our main menu.
OpenPS2Loader is now fully installed and set up nicely on your PS2. You can scroll down the menu options and will see that OpenPS2Loader is an option you to select without having to go through the uLaunchELF program every time you want to use OPL. Enjoy using it and if you have any questions about this how to, or any request on how to use a feature please leave a comment in the comment section bellow.