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It turns out that the OPL which comes with the Free McBoot is very, very old. I updated to the most recent nightly from February this year and all prior issues are now resolved. I don't seem to require HD Loader anymore so I've deleted that.

 

The problems usually occur when the HDD load is too fast for the game. Setting Mode 1 (authentic read speeds, albeit slower) fixes all of this.

 

I also remembered that Ferrari F355 Challenge got a PS2 port. Another glorious racer.

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Still have the original PS2 I bought back when GT3- A Spec released (2001?) The red racing pack! :) 

 

Remember sitting down for the first time after I had set it all up and then gawping at the visuals and sounds coming out of that thing.. GT3 was stunning and that Feeder soundtrack. Still love that track today.

 

Think the first game I bought was Star Wars Starfighter which I completed. Then Silent Hill 2. That was some game.... still have that too! :) 

 

Have a cupboard full of PS2 games still and another phat console I picked up cheap in 2006/7.

 

Not sure what to do with it all. Managed to dig out my network adaptor and found an 80GB IDE PC drive attached to it. Might have a go at modding it but just not sure if I'd actually play with it all if I got it working with todays TVs. 

 

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PS2 output sadly looks crap on most modern TVs due to the low number of progressive scan supported games. 

Games like Outrun, God of War and GT4 look pretty great with 480p enabled but anything interlaced can take a nasty hit depending on the quality of your TV. 

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4 minutes ago, nakamura said:

PS2 output sadly looks crap on most modern TVs due to the low number of progressive scan supported games. 

Games like Outrun, God of War and GT4 look pretty great with 480p enabled but anything interlaced can take a nasty hit depending on the quality of your TV. 

 

:( Have a component lead buy alas sub 480p is going to look ugly.

 

Actually thinking of just ripping my games to .iso files and just running them on a PS2 emulator. I know it won't be 100% but better than nothing. And it won't cost me any money to do. 

 

Think this will be ideal when I get a nostalgia hit and just want to have a quick blast on some games and lets face emulators only get better. 

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I've just connected mine to my Samsung 4K LCD and Ridge V actually looks ok. @MattyP, much better than I expected. Although the quality doesn't touch my PVM, the colours and size are a nice bonus. 

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I play PS2 on an old Sony LCD via component and while it's not brilliant, it's fine. It helps massively ensuring you're using the right aspect ratio.

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I'm finally selling my mod-chipped PS2 (slim), having realised I've not played it in years. End of an era, man. :(

 

Tekken Tag, Ridge V and TimeSplitters at launch - fast framerates but slow loading times.

Finishing with epics like SotC and GTA:SanAn - low framerates but short/seamless loading.

 

Heck of a library and an all-round brilliant console. My memory cards still have the game titles written on the little labels in biro. Sorry to see it all packed up and gone, but good memories. :)

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24 minutes ago, Sprite Machine said:

I'm finally selling my mod-chipped PS2 (slim), having realised I've not played it in years. End of an era, man. :(

 

Tekken Tag, Ridge V and TimeSplitters at launch - fast framerates but slow loading times.

Finishing with epics like SotC and GTA:SanAn - low framerates but short/seamless loading.

 

Heck of a library and an all-round brilliant console. My memory cards still have the game titles written on the little labels in biro. Sorry to see it all packed up and gone, but good memories. :)

 

Mine is going too I think. Sadly not played in years either. 

 

I'm going to put some shooters onto the PC to emulate - I know they won't be perfect but at least it will give me an option to play in future. 

 

Rest of the games I'm interested have had re-releases on newer consoles so I'll just pick them up if I have a desire to play again. Think there is just too many games out there to enjoy without going back over things that you have and haven't played for years. New mantra is .. If I haven't played it in over a year it goes! :) 

 

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Just picked up a silver phat PS2 and a load of games, and a component cable. It looks better than I expected on an old LCD tv, but is there any way to make it better? There's also a border around the screen, will that just be from using the component cable?

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I've just been tinkering about with PS2 Emulation and although the results are nice with games running smoothly with few issues, I've had worse results when trying to break past the original resolution of the hardware.

 

I'm running PCSX2 Ver 1.4.0 which is the latest stable release and if I just leave it at it's original resolution and don't touch the plugins then all is well; Gran Turismo 4 runs smoothly, Tekken Tag Tournament looks excellent and Ridge Racer V looks as great as it did on launch day, jaggies and all! However, if I start pumping up the resolution then GT4 will crash during replays, Tekken Tag has 8 vertical lines up the screen and Ridge suffers with corruption artificats all over the shop.

 

Does anyone here run the PCSX2 Emulator on PC Windows 10 and have any tips for trying to get the best out of it?

 

I was a bit taken aback as after 12 or so years away from PC's and only knowing 16-bit emulation to be perfect, I was stunned by how good PSone Emulation was after dipping back in and only 2 weeks ago, discovered ReDream (Not D:Ream, Brian Cox's old band) which is a brilliant Dreamcast emulator.

 

Hoping either my settings of PCSX2 needs tweaking or I need a plug in or 2.

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1 hour ago, bplus said:

The M2 sega rally 1 port is amazing, don't think there is a better port. I got free boot memory card just to play it.

 

So I have an iso if this but haven’t been able to transfer it to my hdd. How are you running it from?

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1 hour ago, Ninja Doctor said:

So I have an iso if this but haven’t been able to transfer it to my hdd. How are you running it from?

If I'm remembering correctly it was a CD iso but I had to convert it to dvd and burn that. Well I think that's what I did, this was in 2017 though! I'm tempted to did out PS2 and check tomorrow!

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1 hour ago, bplus said:

Anyone one tried ossc with PS2?

I’m hoping to pick up an OSSC over this Black Friday week.

 

Currently running a FMcB phat via component, into my 2015 4K sammy. And it looks like arse.

 

that or one of those twinkX2 things...

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3 hours ago, Ninja Doctor said:

I’ve got a dvd iso. Previously I’d use xdumb to transfer direct to the hdd via the network but I can no longer get that working. I suppose I could source an ide caddy

 

You can get IDE -> USB cables. That's what I've always used.

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19 hours ago, SeanR said:

I’m hoping to pick up an OSSC over this Black Friday week.

 

Currently running a FMcB phat via component, into my 2015 4K sammy. And it looks like arse.

 

that or one of those twinkX2 things...

 

I think you’ll find that you can’t polish a turd. PS2 video output just isn’t very good to begin with. Maybe buy a CRT and an RGB Scart cable?

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On 23/11/2019 at 18:13, Ninja Doctor said:

I’ve got a dvd iso. Previously I’d use xdumb to transfer direct to the hdd via the network but I can no longer get that working. I suppose I could source an ide caddy

In the end I got a sata conversion board for the hdd adapter so I can use an old 2.5" ssd I had knocking about. Sega rally is now installed and running great. Defaults to stretch in widescreen mode though :(

 

Now, what other oscure/hidden gems should i peruse?

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On 24/11/2019 at 14:19, gossi the dog said:

 

I think you’ll find that you can’t polish a turd. PS2 video output just isn’t very good to begin with. Maybe buy a CRT and an RGB Scart cable?

CRT and a good quality rgb cable is the way to go with ps2

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PS2 is the C64 of its generation. Sure there were a lot of great games, but playing them now why is everything so murky?

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Playstation2 is a lot like the Commodore 64 in many respects although these things tend to be generational, like graphics were quite blurry and contrast driven at the time, hence we play them now. I usually get a great picture on my television using an inexpensive hi-def adapter, they're highly recommended.

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On 24/11/2019 at 14:19, gossi the dog said:

 

I think you’ll find that you can’t polish a turd. PS2 video output just isn’t very good to begin with. Maybe buy a CRT and an RGB Scart cable?

 

I agree that you can't make a shit game less shit. If you look at the blitter production, this design was bad originally. Perhaps we should all purchase our old television from the landfill site and Red-Green-Blue analogue splitter wires.

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Was the crazy/shit post from earlier deleted by a mod, or yourself?

 

I had a query to ask, about the flux capacitor. 

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2 minutes ago, Pavey said:

Was the crazy/shit post from earlier deleted by a mod, or yourself?

 

I had a query to ask, about the flux capacitor. 

 

Fuck sake, don’t encourage him! It’s bad enough spamming the creative threads...

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Feel I have to mention the great Ace Combat 4 in this thread - probably my most played PS4 game. 
 

And I can’t not mention the wacky and wonderful Way of the Samurai - toes the line between crap and magnificent most deftly indeed!

 

I was lucky to get a UK launch model on release day with Ridge Racer 5 and Tekken Tag. 
 

i think the most special game on the system for me is Ico. Sorry, SOTC.

 

For a Sega fan VF4’s appearance was amazing and deeply troubling in equal measure. 

 

Biggest disappointment? MGS2. Everything after the tanker left me cold. Soul Calibur 2 might take second place.

 

i still think one of the big reasons that PS2 crushed Dreamcast was the DVD player. It was a massive thing at the time when a branded player cost a couple of hundred quid. 
 

Backward compatibility definitely a big deal too - played rather more PSone Dancing Stage on mine than I’d dare admit.. :wub:

 

As confronting as it was after a long love affair with Sega machines.. PS2 was a really, really brilliant machine. 

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